In less than one week, my goal is to have completed the United States citizen trifecta: file and pay taxes, complete the census and vote. Then I will be free to roam about the country complaining about anything and everything that doesn’t fit my agenda.
When I was young, there was a TV show called “The Millionaire.” It was the story of a rich man who dropped a million dollars on unexpected people and the joys and sorrows that resulted. Mostly the show had happy examples, but we have all seen how money can warp people. A few years ago, I wro…
So I went back to grade school and attended the first day of class with my grandson. It was easy. There was no commuting or school bus. My grandson, a Chicago Public School student, started first grade this past week — remotely. He is holed up in our Michigan cottage in one of our bedrooms a…
SPRINGFIELD — I read The Atlantic magazine story asserting that Donald Trump denigrated America’s war dead, and then I cringed.
Today, I’m in my home working on the final column that I’ll pen from this location. Next week, I’ll write my first column from our new home.
On Aug. 23, 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a black man, was shot seven times in the back by a white police officer. The original video, which only included the last moments of the incident, gave no context for the incident. But further video and police reports made clear what happened.
As Washington has been frozen in debate about whether to pass massive new economic stimulus legislation, something interesting has happened in the real world.
The president of the United States lied. Again. This time irrefutably. There is no debate about the credibility of unnamed sources. The president is the source. Still, to a certain segment, it does not matter.
It was the fall of 1964. I was a first-year law student at Northwestern University. We would have four courses that year, all four running both semesters. One was criminal law. That area of the law had more familiarity to the average student than some of the more arcane ones like torts and c…
Pondering what to write this week, I was aided by other local op-ed writers, still suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.
I heard once that the first half of our life is spent accumulating things, while the second half is getting rid of those very same things. In our case, time has been more heavily weighted to accumulation, while getting rid of them has been a more sudden and quicker event.
In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden had this uninspiring assessment of America’s current predicament: “The president keeps telling us the virus is going to disappear. He keeps waiting for a miracle. Well, I have news for him: No miracle is coming.”
Two Mondays ago, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden finally was forced to confront the left-wing violence that has been plaguing America’s major cities for months on end: riots in New York; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; Chicago; Portland; and Seattle, among other cities. For a full w…
Some things you just know. Like people. There are people we know so well, we could stake our own lives on their character.
We have now watched two weeks of political blustering, totally different approaches to being elected and enough untruths to embarrass the worst of politicians. I wonder what we would have to stomach if there were a real third party this year in a serious position.
I’ve mentioned a passion for the Green Bay Packers before, going back to 1968. It’s not easy being a Packerbacker in Illinois, but there is an upside. There’s nothing like the satisfaction (and relief) when the Pack beats the Bears, seemingly a regular occurrence. I mention this as a segue t…
SPRINGFIELD — Imagine being handcuffed to a table in a police interrogation room for seven hours and not allowed to call a lawyer or even take a restroom break — even though you had done nothing wrong.
President Donald Trump isn’t the first incumbent president to run for reelection facing a deficit in the late summer polls. At this stage of the election cycle in 1948, no one thought Democrat Harry Truman had a prayer of winning as he sank in the polls.
In June 2019, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., tore into former Vice President Joe Biden in a Democratic primary debate. She openly suggested he was a racist whose past political activity would have kept a “little girl” such as her from attending integrated public school. About a year later, Bi…
As so much despair has gripped our nation during this difficult time, I decided to go into our nation’s most distressed communities with a message of hope and truth.
As we hear more and more about how the pandemic will linger, and how there will likely be no vaccine before the end of the year, we all think and overthink about so many things.
Democrats keep attacking President Donald Trump’s idea of a payroll tax cut for 140 million American workers. At the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden said it would endanger Social Security. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York rejects the tax cut as “unworkable.” House S…
At the time of this writing, the small hamlet of Kenosha Wis., population 101,000, is being torn apart by rioting and looting. Due to a scuffle by the police mediating a domestic dispute, Jacob Blake was shot while getting into his car, despite police orders to stand down. Mayor John Antaram…
We all have hobbies and passions in life. Some like to do woodworking while others may love to garden. Some activities are common and others unique and unusual.
The recent passing of Illinois Republican Gov. Jim Thompson (1977-1990) begs the question: Can the Illinois Republican Party ever again capture the governor’s office?
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