Laws, taxes and ads -- Are they really making a difference?

The last person to constantly lay heavy guilt on me was my mother. That seems, however, to be inherent to Jewish mothers. However, it should not be the role of politicians such as Michael Bloomberg and Toni Preckwinkle. Preckwinkle is the face and the voice behind the recently instituted tax on just about any beverage... Read more »

UPDATE: AARP sets the record straight

What looked like an apparent glitch in its email protocol, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) says it was not.  Although it looked like it. An AARP spokesman released a statement late Monday, which said: This is to confirm that the emails that AARP members received on April 25/26 (see image below) requesting that... Read more »

Seems like the civic-minded aren't interested in civics education

The recent passage of HB 4025, which mandates a civics education course for all high school students, has helped make civics education a hot topic in some circles. But not in Buffalo Grove where it’s old news.  Very old news. As evidenced by the recent civics forum, an annual event for high school students at... Read more »

A timely quote from an unlikely source...

I’m terrible at remembering things like quotes, inspirational sayings and other stuff that sounds like a Hallmark card. Who was that who said what? When? Why? Let me go look it up.  That works. I often resort to cutting and pasting quotes or saving a litany of small pieces of paper with the quotes or... Read more »

Three years? WTF are you thinking?

So here’s the challenge — Write a letter to a celebrity (rock star, politician, athlete, movie star, etc.) convincing them you should become best friends. Seriously. So with the Republican debate going head-to-head with the World Series, I couldn’t help but think – who would I write to – a politician or athlete– and ask... Read more »

Grandpa, these Cubs are for real

I barely knew my grandfather. Grandpa Ben passed away shortly after I turned nine.  Yes, a long time ago. His legacy, however, despite being a wonderfully warm man, is accentuated by the respect he had from people who knew him. I do, for whatever reason, remember my dad calling him “senator”, ala the way folks... Read more »

Random thoughts from the summer on the road

Amazing how time flies. After almost two months of traveling for a variety of reasons, I have the following observations and thoughts. Donald Trump.  Aside from caustic remarks, just what is your campaign platform? As I stroll around Chicago and notice all of the Divvy stations, I find it ironic that a corporate sponsor is... Read more »

Student mentality no way to run the Bulls

I subscribe to several listservs, so when I was reading about an apparent dispute, I thought it was a teacher discussing how one student said this, another student said that, and how students don’t work together, etc. But wait; I wasn’t reading a listserv.  I was reading reports in the sports pages and on sports... Read more »

And you thought Chicago political campaigns were whacked out...

I’m not a fan of campaign signs. I know they’re essential to campaigns because how else will people get to know the candidates? There’s so much information on a campaign sign that there’s no need to research a candidate or slate. You can find out that some is experienced, dedicated and that the candidate cares.... Read more »

When the campaign gets ugly.....

It has been said that politics can lead to some strange bedfellows. Toss in social media and you end up with bed sores. Make it local politics and it defies logic. As is the case during a recent campaign swing by a supporter for Buffalo Grove village board candidate Dave Weidenfeld who allegedly told a... Read more »