Archive for June 2018

Protests/ Civil Disobedience/ Common Sense

A good friend and I,  both retired cop supervisors,  were discussing yet again another violent day in Chicago. An ordinary summer Tuesday, which saw 23 people shot,  leaving three dead.  The victims included children, ages 11, 13, 15 and 16 years of age. Nothing new really for Chicago. Thug gangbangers from rival gangs running amuck... Read more »

America's War On Preventable Deaths

A Chicago Tribune editorial recently ran a headline that should have every Americans  attention. “CIGARETTES: DRUNK DRIVING: NEXT: GUNS. It pointed out that we Americans indeed resented the preventable deaths Cigarettes and Drunk Driving caused.  According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Cigarette smoking this year is at an all time low... Read more »

Chicago/ Carl Sandberg/ A City of Big Shoulders/ There was More

Back in 1914 when Carl Sandberg, one of America’s great poets, published his nine poems on Chicago it was obvious how much he loved this great City. Most people are familiar with just a few lines from his famous poem, “Chicago Hog Butcher of the World” and of course his most famous passage “Chicago, the... Read more »
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Chicago's Street Gangs/The Scourge Among Us

Every four years or so the Chicago Crime Commission, who have been around since the 30s, publishes  a book on street gangs in Chicago. Recently they published the latest version which really got my attention. Since Al Capone, Chicago’s notorious gang leader of the 30s, and up through todays street gangs , Chicago has always... Read more »

Kneelers/ NFL/ Divisiveness

I’m not sure any civilization that has ever existed is as passionate as America when it comes to Patriotism. Most  of you  remember back in the 60s and 70s hardly a day went by that somewhere in our Country the streets were swarming with protesters. The Civil rights movement was in it’s infancy and folks... Read more »

Chicago/Violence/ Leadership/Failure

I was always very fond of a speech by Teddy Roosevelt, the very first time I read it. It was part of my early Marine Training and it never left me. It was from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic.” It was delivered by the old “Roughrider”at the Sorbonne in Paris France in 1910. It’s... Read more »
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Sexual Predators/Chicago Public Schools/ Safe Passage/

Any parent, or for that matter anybody who has a child of school-age in Chicago,  has to be reeling reading the brilliant Tribune investigation of children being victimized by sexual predators in Chicago’s public schools. Scores of horror stories of victimized children by teachers, coaches and employees of the Chicago Public School system. When confronted... Read more »

Billionaires/ Salary Caps/ Political Candidates

In professional sports a Salary Cap is an agreement or rule that places a limit on the amount of money that a team can spend on player salaries. It exists as a per player LIMIT for teams, rosters, or both. Several sports teams have implemented these caps using them to keep overall costs down and... Read more »