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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 ...

Regulatory rollback on student loans takes away borrower protections

Every Fourth of July celebrates this nation's founding. But this year during the annual freedom celebration, an ill-advised governmental action will financially doom rather than free millions of student loan borrowers - as of July 1. Moreover, this action arrives ...

Wayne's Words: Who’s In Charge?

The City of Joliet has a long political history, dating back to 1852 when C. C. Van Horn served two years as Joliet’s first mayor. Since 1852 Joliet has had 38 mayors. Most of them served only one two-year term. ...

July 4th and the American Spirit

The fourth of July is here and all Americans hopefully will embrace the day without fear, total liberation and the American spirit. Nik and Lijana Wallenda on Sunday night, June 23 in crazy, outlandish, courage, extreme athleticism and faith loudly ...

COMMENTARY: A Tale of Two Graduations

I love graduations! I thoroughly enjoy the sense of achievement and possibility that permeates the air. Graduations signify an ending, but the term "commencement" is used to signify beginnings since they are not only an opportunity to mark completion, but ...

How long can the federal debt keep rising?

A few months ago, the federal debt we have accumulated over the past decades crossed the $22 trillion mark. That’s a record. And it’s surely not going to be the last. According to Congressional Budget Office estimates, annual federal deficits ...

Why Juneteenth?

WHY CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH? I like holidays and celebrations as much as the next person, but I do not understand the growing popularity of Juneteenth. I understand trying to find something about slavery to celebrate and/or romanticize. As an African American, ...

Wayne's Words: Strong Mayor vs. City Council Manager

According to my research, Joliet adopted the current Council-Manager form of government about 60 years ago, in 1959. Under this form, the power of the council is purely legislative except that it is empowered to approve all expenses and liabilities ...

COMMENTARY: U.S. Attempt to Erase Harriet Tubman

With uniquely American hypocrisy, the Trump Treasury Department has pushed back the 2016 plan to put escaped slave and Underground Railroad heroine Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. Tubman would be the first African-American woman featured on U.S. currency. The ...