Chicago Tribune Opinion Express


December 12, 2016 View email in browser

Food safety: Chicago sets a standard, then doesn’t meet it

Chicago sets a standard of twice-a-year inspections of restaurants, and then fails to meet it. Why? Not enough inspectors. So does Chicago need more inspectors, or more realistic rules?

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Is our Constitution going to pot?

More than half the states have legalized some form of marijuana use. But under federal law, it remains illegal. If a Democrat today ignores pot laws, might a Republican tomorrow choose to ignore civil rights laws?

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Why did Russia want Trump to win?

The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump. Why did Russia want him to win?

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We all can be on Team Santa

“Are you Santa?” A son’s question prompts a mom to consider Santa’s spirit in all of us.

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Welcome back, balanced budget amendment

The revival of a federal balanced budget amendment offers hope of fiscal responsibility.

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The main job requirement to lead a federal agency

Senators should not confirm Trump Cabinet nominees who reject the mission of the very departments they seek to lead.

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When ‘evil, evil, evil,’ goes on trial

Kathleen Parker writes about the trial of Dylann Roof, the man charged with the June 2015 Charleston church shooting.

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Scott Stantis cartoons

Check out the latest cartoons by Tribune editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis.

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