Category: society

Why aren’t progressives more outspoken against age discrimination?

I can be forgiven if I’m a little pissed off right now. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided a few days ago that it’s okay for employers to discriminate against me. As I explained in my June 9 blog post, a man named Dale Kleber sued CareFusion Corp. for discriminatory hiring practices in violation of... Read more »

The Covington "story" and the irresponsible news media

By now almost everyone knows about the viral video of the Catholic school teens having an alleged confrontation with native Americans at a tourist site in Washington, D.C., and how the truth turned out to be more complicated than it first appeared when it was initially reported. The video caused a social media uproar (what... Read more »

To understand why things go down in Chicago like they do, read "The Jungle" & "Boss"

The past several weeks have witnessed a powerful, longtime alderman arrested on federal corruption charges; the acquittal of four Chicago cops in a conspiracy trial; and most recently, the lenient sentence handed down by a judge to the officer who shot and killed Laquan Macdonald. It’s funny but even before Patti Blagojevich chimed in, I was... Read more »
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Note to employers: You do not embrace “diversity” if you don’t have age diversity

The other day I was browsing a corporate website for reasons unrelated to job-hunting, when I stumbled upon the “Careers” page of an international legal services company with offices in the United States. There is nothing especially unique about it; It could be one of a thousand similar employer websites, but it happened to be... Read more »

PSA disaster 40 years ago today triggered changes that make flying safer

This is one of the most difficult and painful posts I’ve written. Today is the 40th anniversary of an air disaster that changed U.S. commercial aviation forever. You’re probably not conscious of it if you don’t live on the West Coast, especially if you were not alive at the time. But it had a far-reaching... Read more »

Taking carriage horses off Chicago's streets is an idea whose time has come

If you’re like me, your heart has ached witnessing horses hauling carriages down congested Mag Mile area streets in the brutal cold of a Chicago winter night, or the scorching heat of summer, and you’ve felt helpless to do anything for these creatures. On Wednesday, September 12, at 11 a.m., the Chicago City Council Committee... Read more »
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It could get easier for older job applicants to prove age discrimination

No one over the age of 40 needs to be reminded that age discrimination in the workplace is a very real problem, and even with laws in place that are supposed to protect older workers, the odds are often stacked against you when vindicating your rights in court. It is particularly difficult for older workers... Read more »

Constitutional Writes: The gay wedding cake case

Befuddled and even a little dismayed that today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to create a cake for a same-sex wedding skirted the overarching constitutional issues involved and turned instead on case-specific issues? (The Court’s majority opinion, which was not divided along ideological lines, focused on specific actions... Read more »

Loss of Tom Wolfe, Philip Roth leaves big literary shoes to fill

In the space of less than two weeks, we lost two giants in modern American literature. Both of the same generation, each groundbreaking and provocative in his own way, but at the same time very different in style and substance. Tom Wolfe, of course, was the dapper, eccentric Southern-gentleman author of such classics as The... Read more »
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Tarantino's Manson movie invites more apprehension than anticipation

When I first read that director Quentin Tarantino was shooting a film centered around the 1969 Charles Manson murder rampage, I rolled my eyes. Why, Quentin, why? Tarantino, the former video store clerk turned directing genius, is one of my favorite filmmakers. But not only has this particular story been done to death (no pun... Read more »