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Without civility, our system doesn’t work

When he was just a young teenage schoolboy, George Washington sat down and copied out 110 “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior.” Many of these had to do with simple manners. “Cleanse not your teeth with the tablecloth, napkin, fork ...

Wayne’s Words: Joliet City leadership questionable

No decision has been made about Joliet’s next permanent City Manager as was implied at a recent Special City Council meeting. City management leadership in Joliet will have to wait at least another couple of weeks. Officially the current part-time ...

Black History Month Commentary: Will A Woman Be President In 2020?

In a most unusual endorsement, the New York Times has endorsed both Senators Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Amy Klobuchar (MN) for the Democratic nomination for President. Apparently, the Editorial Board of the Times disagrees with Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), who ...

Black America's Housing Crisis:

No matter who you are, or where you live, there's a central concern that links consumers all over the country: the ever-rising cost of living. For many consumers, the combined costs of housing, transportation, food, and utilities leave room for ...

Oped: Hidden Tax Increases on Airline Tickets Won’t Fly

NNPA NEWSWIRE - Why is it that poor people are always asked to pay more in America? Last year, I warned about the possibility that Congress might try to impose a new tax on air travelers. Well, it's 2020 - ...

OP-ED: Kobe - preparing for shocking death

The world was shocked January 26, 2020 by the sudden death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others. A helicopter that spiraled through a California sky and crashed took the life of one of the world's greatest basketball ...

Leadership Matters

At the time of the American Revolution, the future United States was a small, colonial backwater on the world stage. There were an estimated 2-3 million people living here. Yet it somehow produced an array of talented, creative thinkers and ...

Wayne's Words: Unsustainable demands on water remain in some communities

The first order of business for the City Council meeting this week was a proclamation recognizing the work of the Environmental Commission. The Proclamation stated in part the Commission “exceeded expectations and provided for a thorough, unbiased and transparent study ...

Is Dr. King's dream being denied or deferred?

Once again, the only federal holiday honoring a person of color will be celebrated across the nation. The 38-year span of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life continues to be remembered and revered. Since his tragic death, time has shown ...

Fixing the system is up to all of us

You no doubt remember the old line attributed to Ben Franklin when he was asked what kind of government the Constitutional Convention had created: “A republic, if you can keep it!” Well, I’ve noticed an interesting thing in recent years: ...

COMMENTARY: Golden Globe Awards Blackout — Travesty or Testament?

Many cultural critics and pundits were in an uproar over the shutout of black talent at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards held Jan. 5. The Golden Globes are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press, which is a non-profit organization ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet projects move into 2020

The end of the year is often the time to reflect on the passing year’s memorable happenings. In keeping with that tradition, here’s my attempt to remind you of a few topics covered by Wayne’s Words columns in 2019. A ...

COMMENTARY: Looking to 2020 — Put your Vote to WORK!

If you work for a living but are somewhat up in the air about who to vote for in 2020 or for that matter, if you should even bother getting to that crowded polling place, I’d like to ask that ...

2019 PHS-CC PTSO Needy Family Drive Thank You

In 2019, the Plainfield community continued to support the PHS-CC Needy Family Drive and we feel incredibly blessed. This was our 27th year and our goal consistently remains to make the holiday season a little merrier for families of Plainfield ...

County Board commissioner statement on proposed gas tax

Will County roadways sustain more damage than other municipalities in the United States because we have the world’s largest inland port, CenterPoint in our back yard. The massive warehouses draw elevated levels of truck traffic and pollution to our neighborhoods. ...

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