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Park District should rethink its rules on life ring placement

If the park district is truly in the life-safety business, then the agency should want people to be safe at all points through the lakefront.

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If you aspire to become a global citizen, Chicago is a good place to start

We should aspire to think critically past our own borders, identify with the human race while understanding global issues such as human rights, gender equality and climate change.

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Trump is the former president who just keeps on giving

Trump’s diseased ego has led him to one great truth: There are an irreducible number of gullible dupes in the world. If you tickle their prejudices, they will send you money.

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GOP governor candidate Jesse Sullivan should stop digging holes he’ll eventually have to fill himself

Sullivan peppered his campaign website and announcement with photos of himself in military uniform. Questions followed.

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Therapy dogs help Chicago police relieve overwhelming stress of the job

Sneed: Canine helpers even seem to know which officers need them the most, and respond accordingly

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Foreign travel presents added challenges — and opportunities — during COVID

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Big Game Hunting: Purdue-Notre Dame, Alabama-Florida, Northwestern-Duke; more

The Boilermakers and Irish played 69 seasons in a row — and then it stopped after 2014. College football keeps trending toward the unromantic like that. It’s a shame.

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‘Funky’ White Sox stink up the joint in 9-3 loss to Angels. Maybe it’s time to refocus?

Manager Tony La Russa says gaining home-field advantage in the divisional round isn’t vital, but the Sox need to get their edge back as they begin their last — and longest — road trip of the season.

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Educational decline among males puts institution of marriage at risk

Some might note this female preeminence and shout hurrah for feminism. But I’d keep the champagne corked.

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God doesn’t want you to read this

Not every Jew went to synagogue on Yom Kippur Thursday. Some wrote their columns.

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Health care pandemic heroes deserve a fair paycheck

Everyone who works hard deserves a living wage, paid time off, affordable health care, parental leave and more. But we owe a special debt to those who work in the care economy.

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Mayor Lightfoot’s plan to use asset forfeiture to curb violence looks like an empty move

This might’ve worked in the 1980s against East Coast mob bosses and South Florida drug dealers, but there’s good reason to believe it will be useless here.

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Gov. Newsom’s big California victory: Trumpism and what it means for Illinois politics

Trump and Trumpism can play both ways in Illinois, said Democratic consultant Pete Giangreco. "The best precinct captain in the world right now is Donald Trump. He drives turnout on both sides."

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Will Biden’s vaccination rule for private employers hold up in court?

A broad rule with no exceptions better serves Biden’s goal of increasing the overall vaccination rate. But it will also be harder to defend in court.

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Bears coach Matt Nagy needs to learn that truth isn’t the enemy

He refuses to criticize his team, even after Sunday’s bad loss to the Rams.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is no longer supreme

Justice Amy Coney Barrett said, "justices must be hyper vigilant to make sure they’re not letting personal biases creep into their decisions." That perception is right on target.

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Did AOC’s custom-designed dress send message she intended?

It’s as yet unclear whether people will actually be talking about taxes, child care, health care or climate as a result of Ocasio-Cortez’s stunt. So far, they are talking only about the stunt itself.

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A Jackson Park landmark was destroyed — is the South Shore Nature Area next?

Every foundation stone from the 1893 World’s Fair Women’s Pavilion was removed. Every plant from the May McAdams-designed garden was ripped out. Every tree was cut down.

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Illinois takes a national lead in promoting green energy — now it’s time to deliver

It’s up to every level of government — and up to us — to get behind the new law and make sure it delivers on its promises.

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We’re requiring every employee to get vaccinated — and you should, too

Employers and government agencies have an obligation to do all they can to protect everyone from the devastating effects of COVID-19.

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Can Biden’s vaccination rule for private employers survive judicial scrutiny?

A broad standard with no exceptions better serves his goals, but it will be harder to defend in court.

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Bronzeville Lakefront development could pick up where Michael Reese Hospital left off

The mega-development reflects the fact that public health, social justice and economic development go hand in hand.

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Since when, my angry friends asked, can the government make us wear seat belts?

"This isn’t communist Russia," they complained way back when. "The government has no right to tell us what to do."

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Putrid NFC North might save Bears yet

So what if they’re 0-1? So is everyone else in the worst division in the NFL.

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Every Chicago alderman in these tough times should turn down that big 5.5% pay bump

Chicago’s 50 aldermen have until Wednesday to decline the automatic pay hike, which they’ll otherwise get without even having to take a vote.

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Chicago City Council should reject new police contract until it includes more reforms

A proposed new deal with the Fraternal Order of Police contains important improvements but doesn’t go far enough.

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There is no longer serious doubt global warming is real — now what do we do about it?

We can’t undo what we have done, but we can alter how bad the future becomes.

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If we can rally against terrorism, we can rally against dangers of climate change

One solution actually works and has bipartisan support — putting a rising price on carbon fuels at their source.

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Praising faintly: Andy Dalton better than expected in Bears’ loss

Rookie Justin Fields scores his first NFL touchdown.

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Remembering 9-11: Todd Beamer, the Wheaton College grad on Flight 93 who said ‘Let’s roll’

Beamer became a national hero because of his call describing the hijacking to Lisa Jefferson, a supervisor at the time at the Verizon Airfone Call Center in Oak Brook.

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Park District takes the wrong path to protect Jackson Park’s Wooded Island

The park district’s installation of grim-looking wrought iron gates at the island’s entrances is wrong.

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A to-do list for Ald. Jim Gardiner

The alderman’s apologies for his stunningly hateful and misogynistic streak are not enough.

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How Chicago can spend American Rescue Plan funds to counter domestic violence

Since COVID-19 has arrived, Chicago has seen an unprecedented number of domestic violence survivors reaching out for help.

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Imagine Justin Fields living up to Bears’ expectations

Let’s allow ourselves to imagine Justin Fields developing into the star we believe he can become.

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The Bears are worth billions. Can we expect some success?

Bears are worth $4.075 billion, so is it too much to demand accountability from George McCaskey, Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy?

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Twenty years after 9/11, America’s still driving the low road

A line can be drawn from the reactionary politics embraced after 9/11 and the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.