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Our country rests on people doing the right thing

As the events of the past few months have unfolded, I have often found myself wondering what our Founders would have made of it all. Impossible to know, of course, but they had plenty of insight to offer. In particular, ...

Wayne’s Words: Bays takes one off Joliet’s money pit list

Most of us, myself included, often use quotes we have heard to make or to emphasize a circumstance or opinion that makes a point seem more profound than our own words can accomplish. One of those quotes came to mind ...

OP-ED: Where we go from here

A month into a tumultuous start of a new year, a new year following the most chaotic year in America that any living person can remember, I am seeing signs that the work in the streets and in our hospitals ...

Good foreign policy is good domestic policy, and vice-versa

There was an interesting moment in Washington at the end of January, on Antony Blinken’s first full day as secretary of state. Meeting with the press corps that covers the State Department, he called an independent press “a cornerstone of ...

OP-ED: Race and data discrimination in America

Today there is a welcomed breath of fresh political air in Washington, DC even amidst the unprecedented spread of the global COVID-19 pandemic throughout the United States. According to the Biden-Harris Administration the issues of racial justice and equity are ...

A few unknown answers about Joliet’s new water cost

Joliet decided last week how it plans to access Lake Michigan as the sustainable source of drinking water for the next 100 years for Joliet residents. They have partnered with the City of Chicago for the solution. What could possibly ...

COMMENTARY: Back to Normal? What’s Normal?

I got my first COVID vaccination last week. No big deal, an achy arm, but otherwise, just like a flu shot. The young lady who administered the shot smiled and said, “after you get your second shot, you can get ...

NFL’s 2021 opportunity to diversify team ownership

As we approach the 55th NFL Super Bowl Sunday in Tampa, Florida amidst the continued national spread of COVID-19, I believe that the time has come for the close-knit group of team owners in the National Football League (NFL) to ...

The path forward

With the handoff of power from one president to another, we enter this new phase of our national life in deep distress. We are divided and polarized, struggling to communicate reasonably with one another, and seemingly unable to find common ...

President Biden focuses on unity in inauguration speech

History was made Wednesday with the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. For the first time in our nation’s history, Kamala Harris, the first Black, and South Asian American woman took the oath of office as ...

Slammers seeks another pass on rent and other interesting news this week

Should the exception to the rule get the best solution? Many small businesses are struggling to make ends meet. Separate from actually contracting or battling the COVID-19 disease itself, many small businesses have suffered substantial financial losses. That includes job ...

An inauguration like no other

History was made Wednesday with the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. It was an inauguration like never seen in history. For the first time in our nation’s history, Kamala Harris, the first Black, and South ...

Washington officials, Feds tracking credible Inauguration Day threats

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is urging law enforcement to vigilantly work to sniff out potential violent plots by insurrectionists and other nefarious actors. The mayor joined others who expressed growing concern over whether some would attempt to disrupt President-elect Joe ...

A new year and a fresh start

The beginning of every new year usually carries the desire for a fresh start on positive behaviors and the discarding of old habits. That probably won’t happen quite that way this new year of 2021. Oh, there will be the ...

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

In past years, the season to be jolly would be in full swing and families would be looking forward to gatherings during this week’s three-day holiday weekend. The greetings of Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas are still being used interchangeably, ...

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