The problem with Trump’s parade

Military parades, “treasonous” opponents — do you sense a pattern here? President Trump is such a master of the politics of distraction that everything he...

Will Congress be stirred from its slumber?

“Congress has been dropping in relative power along a descending curve of 60 years’ duration, with the rate of fall markedly increased since 1933....

Being encouraged, and encouraging

Encouragement can come from unexpected, perhaps the least likely, sources. Have spent the better part of the past week or more in a hospital room —...

Oh, those Ramblers — then and now

When I was a kid, there were college basketball doubleheaders in the Chicago Stadium. The host school for these events was Loyola University of...

Summer vacation plan: Escape everything

Every summer I am fortunate enough to take my daughters away for a couple weeks. We visit family in Florida, spend days on the...

Saturday Sub: At last, some encouraging news for journalism

In the flurry of year end reviews and new year beginnings, one can be excused to easily tire of reading about predictions and resolutions....

We can all still do it: See life as a child

It’s been at least a couple years since I’ve read “A Christmas Carol” from front to back. Need to put that on next year’s...

Mothball the Confederate monuments

Robert E. Lee wasn’t a Nazi, and surely would have had no sympathy for the white supremacist goons who made his statue a rallying...

Life’s lessons appear on the T-ball diamond

A few years ago (at least it seems like just a few) I sprinted out of my Decatur office on a summer morning or...

The road to Indianapolis

For the past five years, the first full week of February has meant starting a three-month routine that will end with a trip to...