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Among my biggest disappointments in politics

The other day, a friend asked what surprised me most about politics. This may seem strange, but I’d never really thought about the question. My response was off-the-cuff but heartfelt. The biggest surprise is also among my biggest disappointments with ...

Refugees

The hysterics in connection with the Central American refugees seeking asylum in the USA would, under other circumstances, be comical. A few thousand people seeking to enter a country of 350 million people and Trump tell us to panic and ...

Letter to the editor: Joliet Central fall band concert

Joliet Township High School Central campus held its Fall Band Concert on Sunday, November 18, 2018 with sponsorship courtesy of the Joliet Township High Schools Foundation. Kudos to director, Don Stinson and to his students! The concert was filled with ...

Wayne's Words: The Maze of Affordable Healthcare

One of the major issues that propelled the mid-term elections was health care. The elections are over, now what? The Affordable Care Act, some called it Obamacare, was implemented in 2010 and has been demonized by some, praised by others, ...

What Does It Really Mean to Be Patriotic?

Patriotism has been on a lot of people’s minds lately. French President Emanuel Macron recently criticized President Trump and other world leaders for their “us versus them” view of patriotism. “By putting our own interests first,” he said, “with no ...

Enjoy Christmas before it's over

Christmas is coming fast but try to slow down. Before you know it Christmas will be over. Most of us live our lives in a hurry. We hurry to finish school, hurry through meals, hurry through the work week and ...

Shop local this season

This holiday season, will you be among 83 percent of consumers who plan to do some portion of their holiday shopping at a small, independently owned retailer or restaurant? These types of businesses are what keep our small communities thriving. ...

Wayne's Words: The Holiday Season!

Next week begins the traditional holiday season. Thanksgiving Day, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Day are major holiday celebrations for most of us. The Thanksgiving holiday provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on the blessings and good fortune ...

Midterm takeaway: We need a lot more Democracy

I can’t be the only one who spent the night of the midterms tossing and turning. Though I managed to shut off the coverage and try to sleep, spasms of anxiety woke me repeatedly throughout the dreary hours. Ultimately, Republicans ...

How veterans changed the military and built the middle class

We thank labor unions for the eight-hour work day, pensions, the weekend, and many other employment benefits Americans enjoy. Organized workers staged direct actions — strikes, sit-ins, boycotts, etc. — forcing bosses to the bargaining table. It’s a history most ...

Letter to the Editor

Thank you The Joliet Jewish Congregation would like to thank everyone, both congregants and the general community who attended our extended Sabbath memorial service on Nov. 2, 2018. We would also like to thank the Plainfield Muslim community for their ...

Lipinski: Democrats should focus on workable solutions that improve everyday lives, starting with infrastructure

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) released following statement: “The Democratic takeover of the majority in the U.S. House provides the opportunity for Congress to reassert its Constitutional role of conducting oversight of the Executive Branch and the President. This is part ...

Now what after the election

President and CEO of the NAACP Derrick Johnson issued the following statement regarding the results of the 2018 midterm election: “This was a remarkable wave of grassroots activism that swept across the country — with women and people of color ...

Wayne's Words: More guns no solution

Wayneswords@thetimesweekly.com Since I began writing this column it has been traditional for me to opine regarding voting in elections, and the issues and people involved, at election time. Given the past week’s events I decided to pass on the election ...

School grading practices are inaccurate and inequitable to some children

The battle for equity in our schools is not only a fight to guarantee access to great teaching and high-quality learning environments, programs, and materials. The battle for equity also includes the practices and policies that teachers use to describe ...

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