Two weeks ago, I wrote of 75th anniversaries, including those of World War II. One that I mentioned deserves a bit more recognition this month for many reasons, one a bit personal. That is the Battle of Iwo Jima that occurred this month in 1945.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been rising drastically in the national polling for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Frightened by that rise, Democratic candidates from center-left to communist have risen as one, declaring Bloomberg has done the process dirty: By drop…
Once upon a time, the American people held the ideal that bestowing the power of the people upon selected citizens to be paramount to all our other democratic values.
I happened to listen the other day to then-Sen. John F. Kennedy’s opening remarks in his debate with then-Vice President Richard Nixon during the 1960 presidential election cycle.
We have all been challenged and will be again. Whether it’s being denied a raise at work or being fired. You might have been turned down for a date or your spouse has left you. Or, maybe, you broke your leg playing softball or have been diagnosed with cancer, heart disease or some other life…
SPRINGFIELD — Last week, I stopped by a friend’s house, ate some pizza, talked about old times and he showed me his latest acquisitions to his gun collection.
There’s an old saying about baseball and life that no one ever had a .1000 batting average. It turns out that’s not exactly true. At least when it comes to the Trump economy, anti-Trumpers defied the near-impossible statistical odds and somehow have batted .1000 on their predictions. They ma…
Recently, me and my best gal attended a “Food Truck Event.” Some of us Chebanse folks might refer to it as a “Roach Coach Fair,” but you know how we are.
All my life, I was raised that I was in the middle class. We hear how a politician will help expand the middle class. We also read that we should be a classless society, that no one is better than another. We read that the middle class is shrinking. So, what does it all mean and where are we…
Ken: It was 1976; I had finished my residency and moved to Kankakee; and Gerald Ford was president when there was a flu outbreak at Fort Dix, N.J. A handful of soldiers were infected and one died. The type of virus that caused the fatal case was determined to be related to the swine flu that…
The disproportionate number of African American special guests hosted by President Donald Trump at the State of the Union address made clear how very serious he is about courting the support of this community.
“Optimism, optimism, optimism. It’s great that you are so optimistic, but I’m just not that way. I’m a realist, and I see things as they are, and the facts of the situation determine if I am optimistic or not,” the email began. I’d love to be more like you, but being optimistic may make you …
President Donald Trump’s new budget confirms that without corrective action, trillion-dollar deficits will be with us for years and, perhaps, decades to come. Trump’s budget plan has many smart and urgent spending reforms. But will Congress ignore them once again?
There is no doubt Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is now the leading Democratic presidential candidate. That’s not because his ideas are overwhelmingly popular — a majority of Americans approve of capitalism, and less than 1 in 5 like socialism; few Americans are on board with total nationalizat…
September saw the 80th anniversary of the German invasion of Poland and the start of World War II. In a matter of weeks, the Polish Army was defeated with Germany claiming most of the country. Their short-term ally, the USSR, claimed the eastern part of this defeated country. Poland was to s…
SPRINGFIELD — It doesn’t seem like a decade has passed since my then 4-year-old daughter, Grace, announced her luck had run out — and something needed to be done.
We came into this world without choice. We didn’t decide to be conceived. Two people we didn’t know decided that for us. We were carried for nine months, then pushed out with no consideration by our mother as to whether we wished to go or stay. We were suddenly and rudely squeezed out into a…
Ever see anything more stunning or awe-inspiring as a sea of American flags? Consider those that languidly wave at the national military cemeteries dotting the world, or when crisply grouped behind a president during an official address? What’s more humbling than a flag-draped coffin? How ab…
Another sudden death of an iconic figure, another spirited national debate. Kobe Bryant died a week ago in a helicopter crash. He was just 41 years old. His daughter also died with him. There were seven others who perished in the crash, none whose lives were any less valuable than Kobe Bryan…
What do Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, Tom Cruise, Kiera Knightly, Jim Carrey and Richard Branson all have in common? They have dyslexia.
This week, the world marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Allied forces during World War II. Politicians of all stripes dutifully tweeted, “#NeverAgain.” Meanwhile, many of those same politicians continued to forward the worst sort of anti-Semitism, blithely ignoring…
When I first heard the words “OK, Boomer,” I didn’t have a clue what it meant and whether it was derogatory or not. So, I did some research. It appears that the line came from a 25-year-old member of the New Zealand Parliament. When another older opposition representative tried to interrupt …
Ken: Joe, what do you know about the legal boundaries for congressmen? I understand that it is fairly common for senators and representatives to put a close family member on their personal payroll, perhaps as a manager of campaign funds, or on the public payroll as an assistant or arranging …
As regular readers of my column know, I’m being challenged in my life by a life-threatening health problem. A Neuroendocrine tumor is a rare affliction that is hard to diagnose by the average unexposed physician and medical facility. It often is identified with the late Apple founder and CEO…
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, President Donald Trump again talked positively about negative interest rates. That’s not a very good idea considering negative interest rates are a warning signal of deflation, which can be as bad for an economy as runaway inflation.
Certain expectations and responsibilities come with every job. There is no greater expectation of conduct and responsibility than that which comes with the office of the president of the United States. Or so it used to be.
There was once talk about California seceding from the Union and becoming its own country. After all, it is so totally different from the rest of us with its culture, its monetary comparison and even its attitudes. I remember an old joke about such a secession. It wouldn’t be so bad. Califor…
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