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More Steve Chapman Articles

  • Obama's unnecessary, unpromising war

    American presidents make a practice of raising expectations they can't meet. President Obama's declaration against the Islamic State is another unnecessary war against an overblown foe.

  • An endurance test that puzzles and inspires

    A glorious September day is breaking over scenic Lake Monona, but nearly 2,500 people are about to have perhaps the most miserable experience of their lives.

  • Want more leg room in a flight? Pay for it

    You all bought a ticket for a seat that reclines, which means if you want to recline, you're entitled to do it. What you can't do is use a "Knee Defender" to block the seat from reclining.

  • Ignorance fuels the calls for war

    Advocates of the United States' armed interventions in the Middle East had no clue of the realities of society and politics in those countries — yet they acted as though they could foresee the aftermath of our invasions.

  • 'Tradition' is not a good argument against gay marriage

    The idea that we should be afraid to make changes in our laws for fear of rending the organic fabric of society doesn't command much allegiance on either the Left or the Right.

  • Another bad war in Iraq

    The United States has been bombing ISIS in Iraq and may attack them in Syria; all of which may do more harm than good.

  • Democracy and Ferguson

    Let's get this straight: The critics don't want the black citizens of Ferguson to demonstrate. They don't want them to riot. And they don't want them to vote. 

  • What about 'black-on-black crime'? Funny you should ask

    Plenty of black leaders and organizations in Chicago and elsewhere spend a lot of time and energy trying to prevent crime in their communities. There are rallies, conferences, prayer vigils and gun turn-in days. Last year, thousands of volunteers manned "Safe Passage" routes to get children to...

  • Ferguson shows that blacks live in a different America

    The country still resembles what a presidential commission described in 1968: "two societies, one black, one white -- separate and unequal."

  • Liberals should brace themselves if Hillary Clinton becomes president

    Hillary Clinton will inevitably disappoint her liberal supporters if she takes the White House in 2016.

  • Campaign finance curbs and bipartisan censorship

    Both sides find some types of political communication offensive to them and therefore undeserving of protection.

  • The intelligence community's secrets and lies

    A diplomat was once defined as someone whose job is to lie for his country. That's apparently what makes them different from intelligence officers, whose function is to lie to their country.

  • The courts advance concealed guns

    In practice, licenses to carry guns in public have allowed law-abiding citizens to take steps they see as essential for their safety, without putting their fellow citizens in danger. It's people who lack licenses you have to fear.



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