| Jul 24, 2012
| 8:55 AM
I write this column basically every two years.
The only difference is that this time, I had perhaps my silliest RedEye column ever (that’s saying something) slated for the issue where the cover memorialized the twelve peopled killed (not to mention...
| Jul 26, 2012
| 2:26 PM
If a judge’s ruling goes into effect, Maryland residents no longer will need a strong reason to carry a concealed firearm after Aug. 7.
U.S. District Court Judge Benson E. Legg in March struck down a requirement that state residents applying for...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 10:56 PM
Gore Vidal was impossible to categorize, which was exactly the way he liked it.
The reading public knew him as a literary juggernaut who wrote 25 novels —from the historical "Lincoln" to the satirical "Myra Breckinridge" — and volumes of...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 4:47 AM
In a world more to his liking, Gore Vidalmight have been president, or even king. He had an aristocrat's bearing — tall, handsome and composed — and an authoritative baritone ideal for summoning an aide or courtier.
But Vidal made his...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 5:24 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Gore Vidal, the eclectic author who faithfully chronicled the major shifts and upheavals in the United States in books, essays and plays, has died. He was 86.
Vidal died at his Los Angeles home Tuesday evening of complications from...
| Apr 22, 2012
Will the final chapters of the Afghan war be written in Chicago? It's possible. At next month's NATO summit here, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and global leaders will discuss an exit strategy for foreign troops fighting the Taliban, a task no doubt...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 12:09 PM
Let me start out with a point that will shock you! America with its population of 378 million inhabitants, makes up only 4.5 percent of the total population in the world, and with that said hold unto your socks, because American's consumes 96 percent of...
| Jan 20, 2013
"This is a serious time," said the fundamentally unserious former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh during an interview on WTTW-Ch. 11's "Chicago Tonight" program last week. "My side — the side that believes in freedom and limited government; the...
| Jan 22, 2013
Who are the 78 applicants for Fairplay Fire Co.?
To the editor:
In the editorial on Fairplay Fire Co., the Herald-Mail states that change is the only option for Fairplay Fire Co. It states that there are 78 applicants ready to join if the company is...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 2:30 AM
The horrific Newtown, Conn., mass shooting has unleashed a frenzy to pass new gun-control legislation. But the war over restricting firearms is not just between liberals and conservatives; it also pits the first two amendments to the U.S. Constitution...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 2:41 PM
"You are not alone" was a central theme of this week's memorial services in Newtown. The meaning of the message is twofold: that all the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are grieved across the nation and world, and that too many...
| Feb 13, 2012
| 4:38 PM
Militia trial: A Detroit jury will be tasked with deciding whether seven members of a Midwest militia known as Hutaree are Christian revolutionary bomb-throwers -- or just swaggering survivalists suffering from too much bluster and bravado....