The lockdown's deadly impact on Chicago's and America's hospitals

The costly and misguided coronavirus lockdown orders have unconscionably  threatened the very existence some hospitals, especially those in Chicago’s underserve, minority communities. Four hospitals on Chicago’s South Side–Advocate Trinity Hospital, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, South Shore Hospital and St. Bernard Hospital–had planned to merge into a more efficient operation and better serve African Americans. Together they had lost... Read more »

How to accelerate the Illinois exodus

Don’t reopen the schools. Or keep everyone in the dark about whether they will open. Illinois parents and students are still at sea, wondering if their schools will reopen in the fall.  At best, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot are vague about when they will. Lightfoot says that Chicago schools won’t reopen until... Read more »

Joe Biden's supporters dare to talk about his character?

Joe Biden’s character? Joe Biden’s plagiarism has defined his political career.  My historical novel: Madness: The War of 1812 To subscribe to the Barbershop, type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.

'Zay N. Smith, graceful Sun-Times writer on Mirage tavern series, QT column, has died at 71'

“His work as ‘Norty the Bartender’ with legendary reporter Pam Zekman in the investigation of everyday Chicago corruption cemented his place in newspaper history.” Zay Smith was a friend, but more importantly someone I deeply admired for his journalism skills and his goodness. Here is a beautiful remembrance of Zay written by Chicago Sun-Times columnist... Read more »

Illinois' coronavirus lockdown is the worst in America

Why, J.B. Pritzker, why? You and your supporters claim that you are “following science,” but where is the science that your maniacal lockdown is the best way to fight coronavirus. Turns out that your lockdown is the worst in America. That’s according to Wallet Hub, a personal-finance website, that released updated rankings for the States with... Read more »

Illinois Rep. Darren Bailey ain't through with Gov. Pritzker, not by a long shot

Pritzker now faces stronger evidence that his continued lockdown is illegal You’ll recalled that Rep. Darren Bailey, a Downstate Illinois GOP representative, created a storm when he filed a suit, challenging Gov. Pritzker’s emergency powers to shut down the state for more than 30 days. After the judge granted Bailey a temporary restraining order against Pritzker’s... Read more »

A dyed-in-the-wool liberal says Democrats have abandoned working people

He warns, A message to my fellow liberals: Working people are getting angrier and angrier. The author, Richard J. Gonzalez, is employee-side employment lawyer and employment law teacher at the Kent College of Law, so he knows first hand the pain that working people are experiencing.  It seems to be therapeutic to many of my friends to... Read more »

Lightfoot, Pritzker and other coronavirus overlords

Have you noticed that those who are demanding broad-based lockdowns as the best or only way to fight the coronavirus pandemic seem to be of one class and those who are struggling personally, mentally and economically are of another  class? For all the focus that the far Left place on class, it is puzzling, but not surprising, that... Read more »

I actually saw some people smiling

They were people who were relaxing in the ocean-front Hanna Park in Jacksonville, Florida. Children romping in the surf. Couples walking. Sunbathers. Readers, like myself, under umbrellas. Following social distancing guidelines. Smiling, because they were enjoying their freedom, because they were doing what they are forbidden to do elsewhere. Doing exactly what the autocratic Chicago Mayor... Read more »

Democrats, find a different candidate. Please.

Is Joe Biden drooling yet? The presumed Democratic presidential candidate’s  performance in the last few days has moved from humorous, to head-scratching to outright scary. He doesn’t remember or is lying about his involvement with the “unmasking” of Gen. Michael Flynn. He urges Democrats who think he sexually assaulted Tara Reade  not to vote for him. His... Read more »
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