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Finally pulling up big girl knickers to read Elie Wiesel’s legendary autobiographical book “Night”, one portion stabbed my memory like an icicle to my heart. The remembrance of his father who would not or could not move from the darkening violence that was coming. Violence that came to be called, The Holocaust. Memory is slippery,... Read more »
As we enter Memorial Day weekend and American brains shift into SUMMER mode (especially in Western Massachusetts where the weather has an unusual fever of 90F as of today), can we discuss what’s not working in the USA besides US Congress starring Speaker Paul Ryan’s GOP? How about the news reports of the TSA lines... Read more »
The only April Fools today are the citizens of Chicago who foolishly voted back in Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the short-fingered (one especially so) politician. As for the Chicago teachers strike today, has anyone asked why Chicago property taxes don’t cover city services. Considered to have some of the highest property taxes in the nation, why... Read more »
Why would one leave Chicago? Let me count the reasons….and why I’ll sadly take my taxes to pay them in Massachusetts where the government invests in the citizenry. Yes Kristin. The public schools of 8-9-and-10 stars of 10 are actually funded! 1. The gunshot in front of our house Christmas night. Never reported by the... Read more »
The rotten apple taints the good one equally, whether in the orchard or field of work. Like a dry rot, the good are destroyed from within by protecting the bad ones among them. So why doesn’t this change? Aesop or someone else said that “one bad apple spoils the rest”, yet nothing changes. The code... Read more »
Sherlock Holmes’s Adventures of the Empty House were his return. For me and we after almost a dozen years lived in Chicago, the empty-ish house it is a parting of the ways with the South Loop and with the wider City of Chicago. No longer will I contact my Alderman Pat Dowell on behalf of... Read more »
While the City of Chicago City Council votes to go into yet further debt because Bossman Rotten Rahm evidences “never do today what can be put off to tomorrow” management skills–the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup win distracts suburban and city dwellers alike. Pay no attention to the 47 bobble headed alderman who go along to... Read more »
After Myanmar, we arrive at Bangkok, Thailand’s airport, a shrine to efficiency and modernity. Opened in 2006 after 45 years of governmental wrangles, The Chicago Tribune ran John Hilkevitch’s article explaining why Thailand’s taxi line is so user-friendly compared to Chicago O’Hare’s dangerously cold, up to hour wait, in a long outdoor taxi line. Technology. While Chicago still... Read more »
With the attention of the civilized world riveted on the uncivilized murder of our fellow citizenry, another French provocateur’s statement came to mind. “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” Amen to M. Voltaire. Je suis Charlie! Freedom of speech is easy when... Read more »
What’s the difference between one out of control government agency and another. Not much. On the one hand in redacted color is the torture policy of the United States of America CIA, on the other hand are (some) police over-the-top actions by those allegedly sworn to “protect and serve”? In one, the storied CIA lied... Read more »
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