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  • What the Corvette Stingray tells us about America's place in the global economy [Commentary]

    What the Corvette Stingray tells us about America's place in the global economy [Commentary]
    Finding the road to a healthy economic policy sometimes is a matter of getting behind the wheel the proper performance vehicle. Driving the new Corvette Stingray is as enlightening as it is thrilling. The engine roars to life and propels you effortlessly, while its cylinder deactivation system produces astonishing fuel economy for a car with such unbridled power. Shifts are quick and nearly seamless. The steering is tight and responsive and combines with the rigid yet lightweight body and chassis to produce a glorious driving experience. Magnetic shocks adjust to road conditions in milliseconds, and the brakes are balanced and superb. This slice of driving heaven is made in America and sells for tens of thousands of dollars less than similarly performing foreign exotics.
  • Two political parties, one big failure [Letter]

    Two political parties, one big failure [Letter]
    The commentary regarding challenges facing the U.S. in the global economy ("Corvette economics," March 2) contained the most succinct and clear descriptions of our two chaotic political parties in the last 30 years that I have ever read. It is a shame...

    After 150 years, the union is preserved, but what of liberty?

    After 150 years, the union is preserved, but what of liberty?
    Even with all of the monuments, markers and preserved artillery pieces, the pastoral calm of south central Pennsylvania still dominates the battlefield where some 160,000 Americans clashed in the continent's most epic and consequential military...

    Legislators generous with scholarships before start of ban

    Legislators generous with scholarships before start of ban
    Even as the troubled legislative scholarship program was on its last legs, state lawmakers continued to make questionable choices and show possible political favoritism in awarding the free college tuition, a Tribune analysis found. The newspaper's...

    One last hurray for legislative scholarships

    One last hurray for legislative scholarships
    For more than a century, legislative scholarships had been an expression of political clout in Illinois. Lawmakers could give the valuable freebies – which essentially waived tuition and fees at a state unviersity – to whomever they chose. And...