Donald Trump and the lack of civility in American politics: Why deadlock reigns supreme

Donald Trump and the lack of civility in American politics: Why deadlock reigns supreme
I might be old fashioned, but I remember a time when presidential frontrunners didn’t get on national television and talk about the size of their genitalia.     This is where politics has gone.  Watching last night’s Republican debate—the “throw-down in Motown”—was entertaining to say the least.  You could sit in front of the television with... Read more »

Donald Trump was the kid nobody liked—the kid who took his ball and went home

Donald Trump was the kid nobody liked—the kid who took his ball and went home
Donald Trump can’t be the President of the United States because if he acted like this as a kid, nobody liked him.  His refusal to debate on Fox News if Megyn Kelly is the moderator will be his undoing.  Why?  Because Donald Trump just became the guy we hated playing with on playgrounds growing up:... Read more »

Has parenting, rather than segregation, led to two different Chicagos?

Has parenting, rather than segregation, led to two different Chicagos?
Yesterday, I read Dahleen Glanton’s column titled MLK speech rings loud in 2016 on page 2 of the Chicago Tribune.  It was an interesting read discussing today’s Chicago, the lack of opportunity in certain neighborhoods and how historical segregation in Chicago has led to two starkly different Chicagos.  She writes: In “good” neighborhoods, residents are... Read more »
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New Year's Resolution: Just do it!

New Year's Resolution: Just do it!
“What do you want?” I was on my couch, watching Good Will Hunting and Sean McGuire (Robin Williams) asked Will Hunting (Matt Damon), “What do you want?” That question stuck with me throughout the remainder of the film as Will tries to find his way– at 20 years old. I am 42.  At 42, I’m... Read more »

Rahm Emanuel Must Resign

Rahm Emanuel Must Resign
Rahm Emanuel got weepy yesterday in front of the City Council.  Mayor Emanuel was weepy because he has had a tough month.  His tough month began when his lawyers lost a court battle to keep the video of Laquan McDonald being gunned down by a Chicago Police officer from public view.  Since then, Rahm has... Read more »

The Death of Laquan McDonald and the Inaction of Rahm Emanuel While the Whole World Watches

The Death of Laquan McDonald and the Inaction of Rahm Emanuel While the Whole World Watches
On October 20, 2014, Laquan McDonald died.  He was shot by Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke.  Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times.  16.  SIXTEEN.  He was on the ground, in the fetal position and Van Dyke continued firing. On November 24, 2015, roughly 400 days after the incident, Jason Van Dyke was brought before... Read more »
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The Death of Daniel Fleetwood, The Force, Life’s Moments, and Awesome Strangers

The Death of Daniel Fleetwood, The Force, Life’s Moments, and Awesome Strangers
I sit at my desk this morning not certain what to write about.  I have several ideas floating in my brain.  Thoughts about Starbucks (this is really an issue?!); I still can’t get over Tyshawn Lee’s death and I find what’s going on at the University of Missouri very interesting.  I also want to write... Read more »

Tyshawn Lee is another victim of violent examples around him. Only better examples will stop the violence.

Tyshawn Lee is another victim of violent examples around him. Only better examples will stop the violence.
Tyshawn Lee was nine years old.  He was killed on Monday afternoon in an alley on Chicago’s south side.  Why?  We wring our hands and wonder why this happens, the answer is ultimately simple: another young person with no respect for life had access to a gun, pointed it at Tyshawn and pulled the trigger. ... Read more »

The 2015 Chicago Cubs and Baseball Magic: If you love baseball, enjoy this team.

The 2015 Chicago Cubs and Baseball Magic: If you love baseball, enjoy this team.
There is a certain magic of being at Wrigley Field.  It is hallowed ground.  I’ve been there on nights of big games and you can feel ghosts.  Maybe it’s the smoke from rooftops across Sheffield, but I can feel Cubs heroes and legends past.  They are over our shoulders watching alongside with us, hoping like... Read more »
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If illegal immigration is responsible for one death in San Francisco, then what bears responsibility for nine dead in Oregon?

If illegal immigration is responsible for one death in San Francisco, then what bears responsibility for nine dead in Oregon?
When will enough be enough? One undocumented criminal kills Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco and Republicans blame immigration laws.  One undocumented criminal kills an innocent, therefore, all 11 million undocumented aliens must be rounded up and sent back to their respective homelands—because apparently, all 11 million undocumented immigrants have the capacity to kill innocent Americans. ... Read more »