Today's Opinion

How about yielding the right of way?

DART — To the two drivers who caused accidents a week ago because they failed to yield the right of way. One driver was taken to the hospital after colliding with another car because he did not yield while turning from 50th Avenue onto 60th Street. A motorcyclist was turning from 19th Avenue onto 52nd Street when he had to swerve to avoid a car driven by a man who failed to yield. What is the big rush? Drivers should take their turn and be a bit more civil.

A victory for smart phone customers

A move by members of a wireless phone industry trade group to equip new phones with “kill switches” is a victory for consumers.

Smart phone theft is a serious problem. More than 3 million Americans were victims in 2013, according to Consumer Reports. With the amount of personal data on the phones, a lost or stolen smart phone leaves its owner vulnerable to identify theft if the data on the phone can be accessed.

Low-cost parking lot security

How much security does a parking lot need?

At a minimum, a parking lot needs enough security to keep out people who aren’t supposed to use it so the people who are supposed to use it have enough space. How much to spend to achieve that level of security is another question.

Local Columnists

Hidden cameras here and there

By Steve Lund

Hidden cameras have been in the news too much.

It’s time to get serious about Asian carp

By Marc Wendt and Ezra Meyer

Lake Michigan, beware.

Among all the bugs, plants, fish and critters that find their way into the Great Lakes from afar, Asian carp are swimming hard up the threat list. They typically eat 40 percent of their body weight every day in vegetation, plankton and the eggs of native species. Worse yet, these outsiders have virtually no predators to put their alarmingly rapid spread in check.

Am I Illinois-ing you?

By Glenn Hager

I have a confession. Brace yourself. I live in Illinois. There, I said it. Please, don’t stop reading.

Even though I’m from “south of the border,” it’s only by a block and a half. And that’s how I explain to people where I live, a block and half south of Wisconsin.

Syndicated Columnists

Car not ideal composting site


It’s been a long winter. Scratch that. It’s been a looooooooooooooooooooong winter.

But Spring is coming. Seriously, it is. According to the calendar it’s already here, so the weather has to catch up eventually.

Relative sheds light on Putin


The new “agreement” between Russia, the U.S. and our allies is exactly what the former KGB agent ordered.

This isn’t to say it’s not a good “prospect” for ending tensions in Ukraine, as President Obama has said. But neither should it surprise anyone that Vladimir Putin is willing to step back from that country — not to ease economic sanctions but to satisfy his own designs.

On climate, business as usual


The world’s predicament on climate change reminds me of an old saying: “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”

Despite mounting evidence that global warming is an urgent crisis, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases grew faster between 2000 and 2010 than over the previous three decades, according to an authoritative new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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