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Make America dangerous

whorne@thetimesweekly.com Gun violence is an everyday topic of news these days. That’s especially true if you live in certain areas of Chicago. Terrorism is another topic that’s hard to avoid in today’s world. Seems like the terrorism tool of choice ...

The Cuban Divide

The United States embargo against the Cuba government is a commercial, economic, and financial embargo imposed in March of 1958. In 1960 the U.S. placed an additional embargo on exports to Cuba except for food and medicine after Cuba nationalized ...

Wayne's Words: Still no keys for Evergreen Terrace apartments

The City of Joliet is still in a holding pattern regarding the Evergreen Terrace apartment complex on North Broadway Street. The City has still not received the keys to the set of buildings that make up the subsidized housing units. ...

Criminal Justice Disparities Present Barriers to Re-entry

Austin, Ill., the community where I live, in the heart of the congressional district I represent, includes the zip code with the largest number of releases from the Illinois Department of Corrections; 90 percent of the individuals released are African ...

Bill Maher, the N-word and how he betrayed Black intellectuals

When considering the implications of Bill Maher’s latest antics, it is important to level set. Maher has, over the years, become the trusted media host for Black left-wing intellectuals. His roster of guests includes a Who’s Who of the Black ...

Wayne's Words: Careful planning doesn’t always workout

wayne@thetimesweekly.com It happens to every homeowner with a lawn. Sooner or later the lawnmower needs to be replaced. A few weeks ago, my 25-year-old mower was showing signs of old-age and I decided to replace it. Being a modern type, ...

Time to fire the VA Health System

Rewarding failure appears to be something of a tradition at the Department of Veterans Affairs. In April, President Trump kept up that tradition by signing the Veterans Choice Improvement Act, which extends the beleaguered Veterans Choice program. That initiative, originally ...

Our Government at Work

The world of ‘news’ these days is very cloudy. I try to write an article each week that attempts to connect the dots of varied interests into something that makes sense for all concerned. It’s not always easy and, sometimes, ...

School vouchers don't just undermine public schools, they undermine our democracy

President Trump wants to siphon billions of dollars from public schools to fund private and religious school vouchers. It’s an idea that’s bad for kids, public education and our democracy. Today, vouchers are used by less than 1% of the ...

Ensuring the Promise of the Every Student Succeeds Act

During the month of May, many of us celebrated the 63rd anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. The unanimous 1954 ruling by the United States Supreme Court declared that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." Last week, ...

Wayne's Words: Why Memorial Day

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

Unacceptable

That one word perfectly sums up the pain, dysfunction and instability Capitol politicians have inflicted on Illinois by their failure to provide a permanent balanced state budget for two years. As the state’s credit ratings have been repeatedly downgraded, as ...

Stop playing politics with our children’s education

Shorewood - State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement in response to inaccurate school funding numbers being published as fact for Will County in regards to Senate Bill 1: “This is an attempt by the political arm of ...

Wayne's Words: Should school employee background updates be yearly?

wayne@thetimesweekly.com We all have expectations that our public sector employees will possess the ability to perform their duties in a safe environment and in a manner that does not jeopardize their own safety or that of others. For instance, it ...

B-CU Grads protest Betsy DeVos in epic fashion

I could not be more proud of the students at Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) than if I had raised them myself. Responding to the university’s very late selection of Education Secretary Betsy for the spring commencement speaker, graduating seniors chose to ...

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