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Winter

God, it’s cold in Chicago in February. March too. April can hurt your feelings as well. Seriously, it’s weather that can hurt your feelings! Like, my heart wants to believe in spring, but this wind is telling me, “Quit yer … Continue reading

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The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats

The most ironic thing about rising inequality is how completely unnecessary and self-defeating it is. If we do something about it, if we adjust our policies in the way that, say, Franklin D. Roosevelt did during the Great Depression—so that … Continue reading

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Sheriffs who cheered Trump’s attack on press have their own media run-ins

A review of coverage produced by regional media outlets over recent years found that many of the sheriffs who cheered the president have come under sharp scrutiny from the press for their own actions – or for those of the … Continue reading

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I was Mr. Rogers’s actual neighbor

A lot has happened in the 50 years since Rogers’s show went national; so much atrocity has poured through the minds of successive generations. What would Rogers, a lifelong Republican who died in 2003, make of today’s experience of childhood, … Continue reading

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Veterans Speak Out Against The Militarization Of Sports

American flags are the ultimate Good Housekeeping seal. And thanking veterans for their service disconnects the public from what has been nearly two decades of war. The ballpark ceremony obscures the realities of war and, by focusing on soldiers, inoculates … Continue reading

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