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Wal-Mart “competes” to eliminate Aldi

The great myth of big-box stores is that their prices are lower than local and small, efficiently run stores. Now, Wal-Mart wants to push Aldi out of business by actually lowering prices. Aldi is the only chain store in the … Continue reading

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Segregation, 2017

In our elite white corner of Chicago’s Black Belt, Peele’s “Get Out” is screened At my age, I don’t go in much for horror films. Is it because the genre seems tailor-made for teenage dating? No man is too old … Continue reading

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Who are the real friends of the parks?

It is hardly surprising to see Juanita Irizarry and Friends of the Parks carrying the water for Chicago and opposing the Lucas Museum on the lakefront. What is surprising is that Father Michael Pfleger has pointedly asked who she is … Continue reading

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Comment on today’s “Weakened Addition” on NPR

Scott Simon: I’m a third-generation writer. My grandfather came to America in 1913 carrying three typewriters: English, Cyrillic, and Hebrew. My parents were newspaper and magazine editors, and my father was a senior editor at Chicago’s City News Bureau during … Continue reading

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As with Chuy, black Chicago was Bernie’s to lose

It really would have been nice to see a progressive populist win here. It’s possible to do. Last year’s race between Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Rahm “Sharp Elbows” Emanuel – the first runoff in Chicago mayoral election history – was as … Continue reading

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Lisa Morrison Butler: Help! Fix the DFSS Helpline!

I really thought it was going to be easy. I have a friend I’ve known nearly all of our lives. My friend is a hard-working court reporter. He has worked very hard all of his adult life at this difficult … Continue reading

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The True Danger of the Epi-Pen

The morning after Christmas Day, we found ourselves in some suburban Chicago emergency room. My teenage son had thrown up after ingesting some pine nuts, and his throat and stomach still felt bad after an hour and two Benadryls, so … Continue reading

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