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A possible stock market crash and four other things that scare the sh*t out of me about a Donald Trump presidency

A possible stock market crash and four other things that scare the sh*t out of me about a Donald Trump presidency
Let me be clear: There are probably a billion things about a presidency of self-described billionaire (Who knows for sure? He won’t show us his tax returns.) Donald Trump that scare the sh*t out of me. But, right now, after a sleepless night–a bout of Trump-inspired insomnia, the things that make me the most anxious... Read more »

Peach cobbler and random acts of kindness over the Labor Day weekend

Peach cobbler and random acts of kindness over the Labor Day weekend
Pick up the newspaper, watch TV or look at your Facebook newsfeed and you’ll come away thinking Chicago and its surrounding suburbs are full of horrible, cruel morons. And while there is no denying there are morons a-plenty around here, and that violence plagues our city, we all know in our hearts that good people... Read more »

16 celebrities I'd rather see become president than Donald Trump

Have you seen Bryan Cranston in "Breaking Bad" and "Trumbo"? If we're gonna have an actor in the White House, why not a great one? And most politicians are actors, anyway.
No, I’m not pushing for another celebrity in the White House.  I say “another” because first there was, of course, the actor Ronald Reagan. Now we have the billionaire reality star Donald Trump running as the 2016 Republican nominee. And Kanye West, rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer and entrepreneur, says he’s throwing his hat into the... Read more »
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How Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Facebook almost cost me a friendship

How Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Facebook almost cost me a friendship
For months, I have been frantically engaging in the pastime sweeping the nation. No, not Pokemon Go. I’m talking about logging onto Facebook to click and post and share and like and comment about this crazy-awful presidential election. I’ve been doing all of these social media gymnastics in the name of the candidate I want... Read more »

White privilege exists: The time a cop let me go because I was white

Some perfectly nice but very naive white people still don’t believe white privilege exists. I’m a white woman, and I know differently. Let me tell you about the time a cop let me go because I was white. It was the late 1990s. I had driven to Howard Street, on the border between Chicago and Evanston,... Read more »

Common sense gun laws. We have the power. We need to use it.

Common sense gun laws. We have the power. We need to use it.
Back in the 1970s when I was in college, I wrote a term paper advocating for gun control. There was no Google or Internet back then. I had to comb through heavy, dusty tomes in the back of the library to find statistics. But find them I did. Even back then the facts were glaringly,... Read more »
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Why part of me would like to see Donald Trump become president

Why part of me would like to see Donald Trump become president
Yes, in spite of his hateful, divisive rhetoric, a part of me would like to see Donald Trump become president. No, I have not stepped over to the dark, I mean orange, side.Trump will not get my vote for the laundry list of reasons which are obvious to many in this country but apparently not... Read more »

Fact-checkers: Why they should be mandatory at presidential debates

I’ve watched most of the Republican and Democratic presidential debates. Here’s what I think is missing: instant, real-time fact-checkers. I reached out to Rick Pearson, WGN Radio host and the Tribune’s chief political reporter, about it via social media. He said it may be possible to learn within minutes whether a statement is correct or not, but... Read more »

Donald Trump is right when he said, "I could shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters"

Donald Trump is right when he said, "I could shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters"
Many people were appalled when Donald Trump said, “I could shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” Not me. I totally get it. Not the part that anyone in their right mind would actually consider Donald Trump as a serious presidential candidate. That part completely alludes (and yes, appalls) me. But that kind of devotion,... Read more »
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If you want me to like/hate a presidential candidate and not think you're an idiot, read this.

Those of you who post things about a presidential candidate on Facebook, heads-up: If you want me to take your opinion seriously, here are some tips: 1. Before you share some half-truth or total fantasy story, fact-check it first. How? Go to snopes.com or factcheck.org. To quote Food Network star Ina Garten, how easy is that!?... Read more »