The middle class and the working class

What is the middle class and why is it periodically given a status of high exaltation by the ruling class?

Is Buster the rabbit bad for kids?

OPINION On only her second day at work Margaret Spellings, Rod Paige’s replacement as U.S. Education Secretary, made her mark — she condemned PBS for producing a children’s television show that included two families headed by lesbian couples.

No mandate, no surrender

Several months ago most pollsters predicted that the margin of difference between Kerry and Bush would be razor thin. I can’t recall anyone projecting a landslide for either candidate, let alone a major political realignment nationwide. Guess what? They were more right than wrong.

Major battles await new Congress

News Analysis Although hopes to wrest the House and Senate from right-wing Republican control were not realized on Nov. 2, the Bush administration may find some stumbling blocks in pushing their agenda through Congress.

Kerry, Bush and the ghosts of Vietnam

Opinion A rag-tag army of Vietnam veterans marched into D.C. in their combat fatigues that chill April morning in 1971, their tunics bedecked with medals and battle ribbons. “Hey Nixon, you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide,” they chanted as they tramped toward the Mall.

How to win: a call of conscience

Twenty years ago, I stood before the Democratic Convention in San Francisco, a candidate for the presidency of the United States, to speak of the hopes and dreams of Americans who, lacking voice in their everyday lives as well as the political process, took an apathetic attitude toward voting.

Black Harvest to showcase new films

CHICAGO – Five Chicago-based movies are part of this year’s Black Harvest Film Festival scheduled here Aug. 7-19 at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Of the 18 features and six shorts, all but one will be Chicago premieres.

Prescription for a sick health care system

Book Review Health Care Meltdown: Confronting the Myths and Fixing Our Failing System By Robert H. LeBow, M.D. Alan C. Hood Co., 2004 Softcover, 304 pp., $15.00 “America is the only developed nation that fails to guarantee access to needed care for all its citizens and the only advanced country that permits someone to go bankrupt because of poor health.”

McCarthyism rears its ugly head

Back in the 1950s, the House Un-American Activities Committee was running wild. It was blacklisting journalists, militant unionists, authors, playwrights and anyone who opposed the Korean War or signed the Stockholm Peace Pledge to outlaw the atomic bomb.

Attention must be paid

In Arthur Miller’s classic play, “Death of a Salesman,” aging traveling salesman Willy Loman pleads for his job with the son of the man who hired him and is about to fire him. Exasperated and fearful, Willy shouts that “promises were made across this desk!”

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