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Jamestown to Jamestown: Commemorating 400 years of the African Diaspora experience

History commonly and most often 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 ...

Wayne's Words: Joliet Public Library seeks over $10 Million

A few weeks back I questioned whether our Joliet government was a sugar-daddy based on the many requests it receives from organizations needing revenue beyond their means. One that was mentioned was the Joliet Public Library. The Library Board has ...

Democracy won’t die if we don’t let it

Democracy’s premise is that ordinary citizens can make solid decisions on complex issues. But this basic principle and the structure of laws and practices erected over the centuries to safeguard it are being questioned as rarely before. It’s not just ...

The paradox of love: Trump's United States of hate

America is experiencing the most perilous of times in recent history as the result of its president, Donald Trump. Even though Monday morning he stepped forward to speak against the weekend's hate crimes, it lacks residence because of the hate ...

Wayne's Words: What’s in a fact?

It’s not always easy to know the facts. That’s a phrase we all hear frequently. The initial reaction to that expression is often times one of skepticism because the facts are thought to be based on proven data. The facts ...

Trump scraps a reform that would have saved patients billions

The Trump administration recently axed a proposal that would have saved patients billions of dollars by requiring insurers to share discounts they negotiate with drug companies directly with patients. The proposed rule would have changed Medicare Part D, which provides ...

How should we engage globally?

I’ve been struck recently by news coverage of humans’ degradation of the planet. Two opposing themes keep appearing. One is the sense that, as individuals, there’s little we can do; the forces are too large. The other – and many ...

Wayne's Words: Has Joliet become a “Sugar Daddy”?

Did you ever have a rich uncle? You know, one that you always depended on to give the best gifts for birthdays and holidays? The relative you always thought you could depend on if you were in a financial bind? ...

COMMENTARY: Is U.S. marching steadily to war with Iran?

WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump seems to want war with Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pom-peo is beating the drum for war with Iran. National Security Adviser John Bolton is itching for war with Iran. Together they are orchestrating an all-too-familiar ...

Reparations must include the costs of predatory lending

In recent years, the spate of homicides linked to questionable uses of deadly weapons and/or force, have prompted many activist organizations to call for racial reparations. A chorus of calls for reparations has mounted, even attracting interest among presidential candidates. ...

Footprints of My Ancestors: The Real Legacy of the Chicago Defender

The week of July 15, 2019 was officially the first time that the Chicago Defender Newspaper has not printed in over 114 years. The headline, "Legendary Black Newspaper Prints Last Copy" hit me like a ton of bricks last week. ...

R. Kelly's Political Nightmare!

What happened on last Thursday with R&B sensation and one of America's favorite crooners, who many also love to hate, Robert Kelly, was not a criminal act but a political move. When I heard about the Feds sneaking behind trees ...

Let’s not just focus on elections, but on how we elect

A few years ago, I was at a polling place here in Indiana where a long line of people stood waiting to vote. A woman recognized me and called me over. “Why is it,” she asked, “that you politicians make ...

Wayne's Words: Why do we own it?

It has been entertaining to observe the City Council’s bickering over what should be a transparent and open resolution to who will be Joliet’s next City Manager. Obviously, regardless of all the pontificating about who would be the most qualified ...

COMMENTARY: Tone Deaf Congress Wants Military Pork

The F-35 stealth fighter aircraft is one expensive plane. It costs $135 million to produce a single aircraft, but Congress is prepared to authorize spending for 90 more planes, a dozen more than the Pentagon has requested. Why? Lobbyists for ...

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