| Jan 3, 2014
| 8:30 AM
In the 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama garnered almost 69% of the vote in Los Angeles County, vs. 29% for Mitt Romney. Yet beginning Jan. 1, the U.S.' second-largest media market lacks a dedicated progressive talkradio station, as KTLK-AM...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The remarkable humility of Pope Francis is causing lapsed Catholics to reconsider their relationship with the church, this one included.
Those of us who left the church in a huff or drifted away, disillusioned by the scandals or the money, or...
| Dec 26, 2013
Letters to the editor for the Dec. 26 TribLocal print edition from Aurora, St. Charles, Naperville and Downers Grove.
Sharing the cold
Yes, winter has come to Chicagoland.
A neighbor has one of the fancy, monster snow-blowers. It's the kind with all...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 2:30 AM
It's the season to show concern for the less fortunate among us. We should also be concerned about the widening gap between the most fortunate and everyone else.
Although it's still possible to win the lottery (your chance of winning $648 million in...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 3:30 PM
Death usually brings tears. But Thursday was a day of shared smiles and laughter between friends of a certain age, and of pleasant memories exploding across the Internet and peppering local airwaves as a generation of Chicagoans reacted to the news that...
| Dec 13, 2013
— Make a woman laugh, Marilyn Monroe supposedly said, and you can make her do anything.
Judging from the women who fell for him, Woody Allen learned this early. Alas, he is the least likely role model for Republican males, who seem to have...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 1:33 PM
Three world leaders -- a white conservative, a black liberal and an unpretentious woman governing the happiest country on Earth -- mirthfully huddled together for a photo capturing a momentous event.
Nelson Mandela would have been pleased.
| Dec 11, 2013
| 7:24 AM
Pope Francis, who's become known for being frugal and down to earth, must be blushing. The pontiff's Q rating is soaring with his status as Time's Person of the Year and the results of two new popularity polls.
U.S. Catholics approve of the pope more...
| Dec 10, 2013
We have reached a new level of political absurdity when the right is mad at the pope and the left wants to anoint his head with oil.
Everyone seems to have his own special version of Pope Francis. Liberals have declared him a crusader for social...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 8:46 AM
Good riddance, Martin Bashir.
Almost three weeks after his despicable on-air trashing of Sarah Palin, MSNBC host Martin Bashir has lost his job. That’s a hefty price to pay, but a fair one.
I stand with Sarah Palin on this one.
| Dec 6, 2013
| 7:28 AM
After the coffee. Before seeing if NBC's ratings are alive with the sound of music.
The Skinny: Survived three holiday parties this week. Now I just want to hide all weekend. Friday's roundup includes the box office preview and a hilarious story about...