| May 13, 2014
| 2:30 AM
I have great respect for the humility displayed by Pope Francis, but in his latest call for the "legitimate" redistribution of wealth, he has it backward. Instead of taking more money from those who have earned it, he should advocate for creating new...
| May 17, 2014
| 12:32 PM
Saturday's front page story, "Proposal: apartments in place of Motor Inn," reporting that the owner of the Costa Mesa Motor Inn wants to replace its motel rooms with luxury apartments is an ominous sign of things to come, but not surprising.
In the past...
| May 19, 2014
| 10:30 AM
I've worked for minimum wage. Many times. Selling programs. Frying chicken. Janitor. Factory worker. Ice cream scooper.
In each case, I saved the money and put it toward college and grad school. What I lacked, I borrowed in loans. With my degree, I...
| May 19, 2014
| 3:38 PM
As of 2012, only Detroit had a poverty rate that is significantly higher than that of Hartford.
If poverty ended at the city limits, so might the concerns of many. But poverty has risen most rapidly in the suburbs of Hartford — doubling in the...
| May 20, 2014
| 12:30 PM
According to a report released earlier this month in the widely respected health research journal The Lancet, the United States now ranks 60th out of 180 countries on maternal deaths occurring during pregnancy and childbirth.
To put it bluntly, for every...
| May 22, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Most education research suggests that students at Hamilton Elementary and Thomas Johnson Middle would be handicapped by their low-income backgrounds.
But students at those schools and six others in the city are beating the odds of poverty, according...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 4:30 PM
[This post has been updated, as explained below.]
The restaurant industry's opposition to a higher minimum wage is hardly a secret--it's one of the top issues on the lobbying agenda of the National Restaurant Assn., the chain restaurants' Washington...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 5:43 PM
Polls have consistently shown that even though the public opposes Obamacare, people like some of its most significant provisions. That's particularly true of the requirement that insurers ignore preexisting conditions when signing up customers for...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 10:19 AM
Ald. Robert Fioretti on Monday sounded every bit the candidate for Chicago’s top office with his public dissection of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s tenure, but he stopped short of saying he would take on the incumbent in next year’s election....
| Apr 15, 2014
| 7:55 PM
Most Californians can't afford their rent.
The state's affordability crisis has worsened since the recession, as soaring home prices and rents outpace job and income growth. Meanwhile, government funds to combat the problem have evaporated.
| Apr 13, 2014
| 6:26 PM
For nearly two decades, Barbara Garnaus maintained a modest, delicate life balance: keeping her part-time Orange County school district job and juggling her bills and credit card debt.
Now 63, living alone, she counts every dollar, has no cellphone...