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Wayne’s Words: Give thanks, set aside tribalism

Today is Thanksgiving. There will be gatherings and celebrations enjoyed with family and food. It is the most American of all the holidays we observe. It’s not a day for exchanging gifts. It’s not a celebration of the start of ...

America needs Thanksgiving

America has been through a tough time. A national election separated friends and family, divided churches and took over our media. We’ve been intoxicated with poisonous rhetoric and toxic street gatherings that led to more division, injuries and even death. ...

Op-ed: Race, Justice and the Courts

Several actions taking place in our courts today are confirming what we as Black people have always known and experienced, namely, a dual system of justice in America. One for Black and people of color, and one for White people. ...

For Better and Worse, We’re All Connected

It’s a cliché to say that everything’s connected. But we live in a world where this is clearly true. Ideas, goods, services, workers, tourists, commerce, communications, drugs, crime, migrants, refugees, weapons, climate impacts… and, of course, viruses: They all cross ...

OP-ED: Welcome back, NLRB – America’s workers missed you!

Before I get into just what the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) means — and has meant — to the working men and women of this nation, I want to start by citing a couple of pieces of data because ...

Wayne’s Words: Showing appreciation for our veterans

Next Thursday, November 11, is Veterans Day. The day is set aside to honor all military veterans who have served in the military and includes those currently in the military serving all over the globe. The current number of U.S. ...

Senate Republicans block this generation’s Voting Rights Act: Will President Biden Meet the Challenge?

Across the country, Republican state legislators have been busy imposing new voting restrictions and devising corrupt redistricting schemes to give their party more power than they could win under a fair system. Republicans in the U.S. Senate protected that wrongdoing ...

Blacks, Veteran's Day and Critical Race Theory

Veterans Day was created as "Armistice Day" on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. It became a national holiday by an act of Congress in 1938. As we honor the memory of those ...

Oped: The Redistricting Conspiracy and “Us"

As we move closer to publishing the proposed new electoral districts here and around the country, based upon the 2020 ten-year census we see an attempt at history repeating itself in the area of voter suppression at all levels. The ...

Editorial: Legislation making virtual meetings of public bodies acceptable for any reason should be defeated

Every city council or school board has issues large and small that impact the lives of the people it serves. Should residents be allowed to have chickens within city limits? Should the city-owned hospital be sold? What programs should the ...

Wayne's Words: Where is the vaccine mandate for Joliet police?

Column updated 10/22/21 Have you been vaccinated for COVID-19? That question has become a flashpoint for many to determine who is a patriot and who is exercising their freedom to say “you can’t tell me what to do.” Approximately 57 ...

Legislation making virtual meetings of public bodies acceptable for any reason should be defeated

Every city council or school board has issues large and small that impact the lives of the people it serves. Should residents be allowed to have chickens within city limits? Should the city-owned hospital be sold? What programs should the ...

Freedom to Enjoy Life’s Passions

Steady cash flow comes from steady work. If you want money you have to do something that produces money. Much of what we want to do in life does not always produce cash. We may experience fun, enjoyment, fulfillment and ...

Wayne’s Words: Baseball season ends: Joliet City Council “Out of order”

Major League Baseball teams ended the regular season this last Sunday. If you are a Cubs fan the season wasn’t what is always hoped for, the play-offs, and it’s “wait ‘til next year,” again. The White Sox fans have more ...

Why I’m Optimistic about the future

One of the great privileges of teaching and working on a university campus is the chance to be in regular touch with young people. Even better, I sometimes get asked to give talks elsewhere and to meet with young people ...

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