Two things that really drive me crazy about the new tax bill: bums and elitists

Two things that really drive me crazy about the new tax bill:  bums and elitists
No one seems to know the effects of the new tax bill, not even those who passed it. But there are two things about it that I know and can’t stand already:  a bunch of bums who are getting bonuses.  And a bunch of ungrateful elitists who can’t see the obvious. What bums am I... Read more »

Three good spots that would make good carbon sinks in the South Loop

Three good spots that would make good carbon sinks in the South Loop
My friend Charlotte, who has written several books on the topic of native plants is on a roll lately, suggesting to everyone from Wilmette officials to the University of Chicago powers that be that if nothing else, some of their owned and ill-used land be turned into carbon sinks. She suggests that they return their... Read more »

Al, you used to be good enough, and smart enough, and doggone it, I liked you a lot

Al, you used to be good enough, and smart enough, and doggone it, I liked you a lot
Nothing could have pleased me more than when Air America started in 2004 and Al Franken got his own radio show.  He was funny, irreverent (just like he was as Stuart Smalley on Saturday Night Live), understood serious issues better than anyone–and he had his heart and mind in the right place. He seemed to be... Read more »
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A new book says there are 111 places not to miss in chicago--and my neighborhood has 6 of them

A new book says there are 111 places not to miss in chicago--and my neighborhood has 6 of them
An interesting new book is out called 111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss.  Six of the places are pretty much out my door in the South Loop. Like any list, I think there are certain places in my neighborhood that the author, Amy Bizzari, left off her list that she shouldn’t have:  like... Read more »

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stupid, hypocritical, annoying, thieving, inconsistent, phony, unfair, asinine and just plain dumb–and now repealed as of December 1–Cook County soda/sugar tax.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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »