Mary Schmich: The feud for which there is no truce? The saga of old Dr. Seuss
I’ll tell you, kids, what I would do If I were queen and ran the zoo! If I controlled the whole dang show Hoo boy the places I would go! . I’d make the virus vanish now! I’d kill that villain — oof! kapow! And if I were the lady king? I’d turn the winter into spring! . And then I’d hop upon a plane To Mali, China or Bahrain! I’d go to England, go to France I’d go there in my underpants! . I’m kidding, kids, and I digress Those aren’t the things we must address The biggest issue on the globe? The one we must dissect and probe? . The thing that’s set the world on fire? The thing that’s got us in...
Good medicine, all of it: The COVID vaccines are identical at protecting us
In an entirely worthwhile eagerness to encourage people to accept the coronavirus vaccine, public health officials and government leaders in December touted the effectiveness of the Pfizer (95%) and Moderna (94.1%) inoculations to prevent symptomatic COVID-19 infection. It was persuasive, and the supply can’t keep up with the demand. But whether you call that well-meaning effort scientific transparency or clever marketing, it is boomeranging, as the newly available Johnson & Johnson’s shot effectiveness of 66% is making too many Americans view it as a lesser medication and making them less lik...
New York Daily News
Brad Biggs: Ryan Pace and the cap-crunched Bears have heavy lifting ahead of them as they plan for a QB — and many other parts — heading into free agency
CHICAGO — All of the focus for the Chicago Bears is on acquiring a quarterback, but not to be forgotten is what the team can do to improve the roster around that position. To think only Mitch Trubisky and to a lesser extent Nick Foles are to blame for the team’s 16-16 regular-season record over the last two seasons is to miss the point, and the Bears realize they have gray areas to fortify in preparation for a pivotal season for general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy. It all starts with the quarterback. Surely everything is not on the table, as Pace suggested Tuesday. That would suggest...
The Week Ahead: Inflation worries yielding market nerves
During a cold winter with plenty of snow, a sunny day with temperatures in the upper 30s can feel like spring relief. It still is cold — especially for those of us in south Florida — but the relative warmth can change one’s mood. Much the same can be said of the bond market and inflation. Interest rates remain historically low, but the cost of borrowing is getting more expensive compared to just a few months ago over worries about future inflation. Look no further than the cost to borrow money to buy a home. The average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage popped above 3% last week —...
Auto review: This Buick’s beguilingly good looks are hindered by performance that could be better
It may sound shallow, but great design always wins out. It is why Apple has become one of the world’s most highly valued companies, a lesson not lost on Dell and Microsoft. So, I wasn’t expecting to like the redesigned 2021 Buick Envision, if only for the fact that it is the only car currently sold in the U.S. made in China. But then it arrived, and my political animosity melted along with my heart. Unlike the ungainly 2020 model, the 2021 Envision is a handsome crossover utility vehicle in a way not readily apparent in photos. Its flowing flanks and smartly placed creases are tautly shaped. I...
Tribune News Service
Auto review: 2021 VW ID4 electric SUV challenges leaders like RAV4, CR-V, despite marginal battery range
Volkswagen joins the race to build America’s leading affordable electric vehicle this month with the ID4, a sleek model designed to challenge popular compact — and conventionally powered — SUVs like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape and Chevrolet Equinox. There’s still room at the top as automakers compete to see who nails the ideal combination of EV price, battery range and charging time, but the ID4 will convert its share of buyers from internal combustion to electric power. The ID4 is the first VW to use an architecture the automaker developed specifically for electric vehicles. It’s...
Detroit Free Press
Auto review: Second-gen Chevy Bolt EV is a treat. Pity it isn't a Caddy
The second generation, battery-powered Chevy Bolt EV is better than ever. I just wish it were a Caddy. The 2022 Bolt EV (as in Electric Vehicle) has acquired a stretched version — called the Bolt EUV (Electric Utility Vehicle) — and all kinds of luxury touches. Super Cruise self-driving like a Cadillac Escalade. Three inches of rear legroom like a stretched Audi A8 L model. Panoramic sunroof like an Acura RDX. Rear-view camera mirror like a Caddy. Clean, grille-less fascia like a Tesla. The old Bolt's plastic grille never quite fit. Like the Tesla Model S's original plastic "nose cone" it appe...
The Detroit News
DeAntae Prince: LeBron James’ voice is more important now than ever. So telling him to ‘stick to sports’ again isn’t going to work.
CHICAGO — LeBron James always has possessed a certain confidence, the audacity to take on otherworldly expectations and exceed every hurdle with style and grace. He has carried this trait since his days at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio, when he became the most famous high school athlete in history. James never shied away from that spotlight, not as a rookie with the Cleveland Cavaliers, champion with the Miami Heat or icon with the Los Angeles Lakers. So it made sense when, after achieving nearly every success on the court, James shifted his focus off it. James attacked business ventures...
Editorial: Get. Kids. Back. In. School.
Across the country, parents are demanding more aggressively that schools reopen, including high schools. They’re frustrated with slow bureaucracy on school reopening plans, obstinate teachers unions and pick-and-choose “science” to justify closed buildings. They’re worried about their kids’ mental health. The Jan. 7 death by suicide of Glenbrook North High School student Dylan Buckner in Northbrook, Illinois, is just one example of why parents are concerned. Buckner’s father in a Tribune interview said his son’s isolation and lack of school activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic contributed t...
Michael Ryan: Should he or shouldn't he? A potential Trump 2024 run is Republicans' urgent dilemma
For many of my Republican friends, Donald Trump is a guilty pleasure. They well know a steady diet of his chronically combative nature, like fatty food, is bad for them and the country. They wish with everything in them that he'd just be a little more presidential. But notwithstanding his boorishness, is the other side any less combative? Besides, many of the things he says and does are precisely what Republicans are thinking and wanting done. And like Trump's die-hard supporters, these Republicans disheartened and disappointed by Trump have to admit they see few other politicians, past or pre...
The Kansas City Star