One good thing about the idiotic Cook County sugar tax was this: the beginning of an education program on how we get fat and kill ourselves

One good thing about the idiotic Cook County sugar tax was this:  the beginning of an education program on how we get fat and kill ourselves
Oh, that wrong-headed, stupid, hypocritical, annoying, thieving, inconsistent, phony, unfair, asinine and just plain dumb–and now repealed as of December 1–Cook County soda/sugar tax. All you have to know about the cockamamie tax is this:  diet soda, without a speck of sugar that can make you fat and unable to run was taxed.  Just like... Read more »

56 things Hillary Clinton says caused her to lose the election and my answer to each and every one

56 things Hillary Clinton says caused her to lose the election and my answer to each and every one
Hillary Clinton told Steven Colbert last week that she wrote What Happened so it would never happen again. What exactly is it that’s never supposed to happen again? In the meantime, FOX News Channel legal analyst Gregg Jarrett came up with 56 reasons that Clinton says caused her loss.  Are these the things that aren’t supposed to... Read more »

A city trash can does not belong on top of a city tree well

A city trash can does not belong on top of a city tree well
Why would anyone put a trash can atop a tree well? That’s the question that kept me sleepless on Friday night.  Until I finally called 311 at 7AM on Saturday to ask the same question.  I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I think the two 311 people I talked to felt the same way.  A... Read more »
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Where once stood a magnificent garden at the corner of 8th and Wabash, now stands nothing.

Where once stood a magnificent garden at the corner of 8th and Wabash, now stands nothing.
Columbia College Chicago did a very bad thing.  Where once stood a magnificent garden at the corner of 8th and Wabash, now stands nothing. And it’s all the college’s fault. The story goes like this:  When Columbia purchased the old Buddy Guy’s Legends a few years ago and tore it down in order to build... Read more »

John McCain and Bill Maher think exposing embarrassing emails about Democrats is as bad an attack on us as 911

John McCain and Bill Maher think exposing embarrassing emails about Democrats is as bad an attack on us as 911
Republican Arizona senator John McCain–the elderly melanoma victim who sicced Sarah Palin on us because he thought she could be president in the event of his death–thinks the Russian attack on Hillary Clinton emails is as bad as the attack on the US by Islamic terrorists on September 11, 2001. Actually, he said the email... Read more »

If you think you know all about native flowers and plants, you should branch out to trees and shrubs--and here's how

If you think you know all about native flowers and plants, you should branch out to trees and shrubs--and here's how
If you believe that our planet deserves more respect these days, one way to turn your thoughts into action is to plant things in your garden that are supposed to be there. Plant native. So the birds and the bees and many, many other native species can maintain their food sources, their habitats and their... Read more »
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Three things journalist Jane Jacobs taught us that we city dwellers should never forget

Three things journalist Jane Jacobs taught us that we city dwellers should never forget
Every year during the first weekend in May–around the time of the late Jane Jacobs‘ birthday–I have to keep reminding myself that Jacobs was a mere journalist and not an urban planner. Even though her writing (her most famous and influential book was “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”) and activism had as... Read more »

The Russians didn't meddle in our election but thankfully they showed us who did: Democrats

The Russians didn't meddle in our election but thankfully they showed us who did:  Democrats
I really don’t know what the Russians did, if anything, to get emails out of the DNC’s computer–and Hillary campaign head John Podesta’s computer–in order to turn them over to WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange. But whoever did it, and for whatever reason, it was a public service.  Those emails should be required reading for all.... Read more »

Every time I see a story about the pending sale or demise of the State of Illinois Building, it reminds me that we once had quite a relationship

Every time I see a story about the pending sale or demise of the State of Illinois Building, it reminds me that we once had quite a relationship
It all started about the time this picture was taken.  My husband at the time, the late award-winning investigative reporter Paul McGrath, got interested in the building.  And for at least a year, the construction of the State of Illinois building was part of our marriage. We had a new baby, Molly, and I wasn’t thrilled that... Read more »
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I really and truly thought I was being stopped by ICE and I still don't know for sure that I wasn't

I really and truly thought I was being stopped by ICE and I still don't know for sure that I wasn't
Last week, I could have sworn my daughter and I were stopped by ICE–Immigration and Customs Enforcement cops–in the Red Line L station at Roosevelt about noon.  But now I don’t know what the heck happened. I put up a post on Facebook right after our stop.  And got more commentary than any other post... Read more »