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Wayne's Words: Memorial Day: Remembering

Memorial Day is the federal holiday in the United States for remembering those people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and was traditionally observed on May 30. This year Memorial ...

Another case of Alzheimer’s

When I looked at my email in-box this afternoon, I encountered one of those messages that I dread: yet another person I know has been institutionalized as a result of Alzheimer’s. The sadness conveyed by this person’s partner was clear ...

Commemorating 400 years of the African Diaspora experience

History commonly points to late August in the year 1619 when some “20 and odd Negroes” originating from Angola arrived in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia as the first documented enslaved Africans to land in what is now The ...

How strong is our economy?

The April unemployment rate, at 3.6 percent, is at its lowest rate since December 1969. Payroll employment increased by more than 250,000, outperforming expectations and reversing the disappointing job creation numbers of last month. First quarter growth was reported at ...

Oppose marijuana legislation

On May 4, legislation was unveiled in Illinois that would create a sanctioned marijuana industry in Illinois. I was deeply concerned when I read the text – I could hardly believe that the bill sponsors would, in the name of ...

Joliet needs solutions not more tax incentives

Joliet has some unique challenges currently facing its future. The rapid residential growth of the early 2000’s has mostly halted and the concentration of the last several years is on economic growth. Seems Joliet can’t build enough warehouse space to ...

What would make congress better?

A couple of weeks ago I was speaking to a group of students and decided to start with a point-blank question: Is Congress doing a good job? There were perhaps 100 people in the room, and not a single one ...

Is there more to teaching and learning than testing?

Teaching is a multi-faceted calling for many and an occupation for some, but how can teaching and learning effectiveness be measured without testing? There must be some way—or ways—to measure what and whether students are learning, and teachers are teaching. ...

The Mueller report and the question of US foreign policy

If there had been any question about Russian interference in the 2016 election, that is now a settled matter in light of the Mueller Report. Whether that interference had a demonstrable impact on the election results will be debated for ...

Wayne's Words: Did you Vote?

The Consolidated election results will not be official until April 23 when all of the ballots not counted on election night are audited and certified. The outcomes for Joliet’s City Council newly-elected members will be recognized at the May 6 ...

Easter - Think about it

Easter is an exciting day for Christians around the world. Churches around the globe look forward to celebrating the resurrection of Christ. Clergy persons look forward to a one-day larger attendance. Church choirs and music programs try to shine brighter ...

So who really got a tax cut this year

Tax Day is here. What’s in your return? According to a new poll, only 17 percent of Americans say they’re paying less in taxes this year, despite the GOP’s promises that the huge tax cuts they passed were for the ...

OP-ED: Offshore exploration promises jobs, affordable energy

Strong U.S. natural gas and oil production is revitalizing communities in state after state. It’s well-known that increased energy production has cut costs for families – at the pump and in-home utility bills. But leading the world in production has ...

COMMENTARY: The fight for equal pay, gender parity heats up

Despite the United States touting itself as the bastion of freedom and equality, women in this country – despite comprising 50.8 percent of the population – have always found themselves in the position of having to fight for salary and ...

How politics have changed

I became active in politics in the late 1950s, got elected to Congress in 1964, and have remained engaged in one way or another every year since then. I’ve had a ringside seat for a long time. So I suppose ...

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