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Even Kamala Harris' father hates her pandering behavior

Even Kamala Harris' father hates her pandering behavior
So there she was on the radio a while back, on The Breakfast Club, and one of the hosts asked Senator Kamala Harris, candidate for president, if she smoked pot. She giggled.  And giggled.  And giggled some more.  All the giggling got under my skin.  As did the phony accent she drifted in and out... Read more »

The story of a Palestinian and a Jew in Chicago at a time when only loyalty to each other counted

The story of a Palestinian and a Jew in Chicago at a time when only loyalty to each other counted
Taufic Yusef  “Ty” Cahas, a Palestinian, and my dad, Lew Taman, a Jew, were very good friends. They met at a brokerage house my dad did business with decades ago.  Ty worked there and they did a lot of business together.  Until Ty died in 1984, they were on the phone many times a day,... Read more »

You hired Rahm? Have you lost your minds, Atlantic magazine and ABC News?

You hired Rahm?  Have you lost your minds, Atlantic magazine and ABC News?
Oh, Fourth Estate, each and every day I think you’re really trying to become what so many in the country are saying you already are:  an enemy of the people. And since you recently hired former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel to write for your magazine, Atlantic, and comment on the news of the day, ABC... Read more »
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If you think Trump's taking away your democracy, you're wrong; it's the democrats who are

If you think Trump's taking away your democracy, you're wrong; it's the democrats who are
The last thing on Trump’s mind is taking away your democracy.  He’s got enough to worry about. And even if he wanted to take it away, he wouldn’t know how.  He’s got his tweeting and the hard hearts in China to deal with–and new missiles lobbing out of North Korea to keep him busy. But... Read more »

If I'd never known Pat Colander, so much less my life would be

If I'd never known Pat Colander, so much less my life would be
It was the early 1970s and there was one writer in town, Pat Colander that I simply couldn’t get enough of.   Her writing in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Reader was magnificent and intelligent and creative.  Whatever she wrote about, I wanted to write like that; I was envious of her... Read more »

This moment in politics: aldermanic prerogative, patronage and Trump

This moment in politics:  aldermanic prerogative, patronage and Trump
These three subjects–aldermanic prerogative and patronage (subconscious churning of thoughts brought on by a mayoral race) and Trump’s vindication have been mixing it up inside me lately. Albeit pushed aside briefly on Tuesday while I digested the Jussie Smollett Charges-Dropped head spinner, which left two huge jaw-droppers behind: Rahm, for the first time in eight... Read more »
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The Preckwinkle Package: experience, temperament, ethics and the big shoulders Chicago needs

The Preckwinkle Package:  experience, temperament, ethics and the big shoulders Chicago needs
She’s got it all, folks.  Tarring her as a political hack, a boss and simply more-of-the-same is off base.  There are things to call her out on, but not the most important things: experience, temperament and ethics.  She’s got a rare package that’s hard to find in Cook County. Don’t waste her. I met her... Read more »

A new book of lost Chicago restaurants grabbed me by the gut; no pun intended

A new book of lost Chicago restaurants grabbed me by the gut; no pun intended
When I was a little girl my dad used to take me to Stouffer’s a lot for dinner. Stouffer’s had dainty portions, utmost cleanliness, polite and attentive and somewhat starchy  service–and very good food.  A tea room for ladies.  (For dames–classy ones, my dad may have said.) And they served sweet rolls instead of dinner... Read more »

If Rahm goes on to become a TV pundit, there really is something wrong with this country

If Rahm goes on to become a TV pundit, there really is something wrong with this country
I knew this was coming. People kept telling me Tiny Dancer made an appearance on this Sunday morning show.  And that Sunday morning show.  And finally I saw him myself on a Sunday morning show. As a member of This Week with George Stephanopolous’ Round Table.  He had nothing interesting to say. And it was... Read more »
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Mayoral candidates: stop promising tax freezes, a no-kill city and premium education, when some basic housekeeping would do

Mayoral candidates:  stop promising tax freezes, a no-kill city and premium education, when some basic housekeeping would do
Tiny Dancer gave up on Chicago after eight years.  He just doesn’t know what to do anymore with us idiots, so we’re on our own.  He’s done.  But before his exit is official, at the last minute he’s going to try to get us a casino and a change to the Illinois Constitution–which he says... Read more »