Opinion

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Desperation in Chicago and other cities while Trump talks estate tax

During the Great Depression, unemployment hovered around 20 percent. Many neighborhoods now face levels twice that, six years into the supposed recovery.

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Trumka: An abundant worldview leads to shared prosperity

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka writes about how approaching politics requires an abundant worldview if you want to achieve shared prosperity.

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“Measures of despair”: Chicago desperate for action on violence and poverty

A poll just released depicts a city that is losing faith in its basic public institutions, from the police to the mayor's office.

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Low-ball to snowball: Underestimating poverty among older Americans

Instead of a life lived in dignity, many senior citizens have to scrimp, accept charitable hand-outs, and decide whether to pay for medicine or go hungry.

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Flint's water crisis and the GOP's class war

Why did Flint suffer a water catastrophe that now requires that children be treated as if they had been poisoned?

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Gun control alone can't curb violence

Dealing with entrenched poverty costs real money, but less than we spend on the police, jails, drugs, alcoholism, and chronic illness - the dysfunction that comes from poverty.

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Ted Cruz is Trump on steroids

Cruz's tax proposal would hit working families, retired persons on fixed incomes and the poor very hard.

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Memo to Mayor Emanuel: System needs fixing, not the kids

It was corporate decisions and pro-corporate government policies that led our city's children into catastrophe.

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State of Silicon Valley 2015: A tale of two Americas

"If Silicon Valley were a country, it'd be sixth in the world in GDP per capita."

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Walking with the poor

"The poor you have with you always." Jesus is said to have spoken these words, but he certainly didn't mean that his followers should aim to keep it that way.

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