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Back in 1883, Teddy Roosevelt wrote an essay on what it takes to be a true American citizen. He did not mince words. “The people who say that they have not time to attend to politics are simply saying that ...

Trump Administration targets Affirmative Action to stimulate midterm turnout

It was Steven Bannon – at the time, President Trump’s top political advisor – who said, “If the subject is race, we win.” So, the Justice and Education departments have launched an attack on affirmative action just in time to ...

Wayne's Words: Turning challenges into positives

The City of Joliet faces some major challenges over the next few years. For instance, needed infrastructure improvements to accommodate the increased truck traffic from the largest inland port in the country, re-inventing downtown Joliet, developing the old Collins street ...

Where is the Outrage?

Because our Immigration Policy is outrageously poor, it has caused inhumane problems at our borders. Congress has refused to try to resolve the problem for decades. Also, as we now see, other countries that are experiencing border problems are enforcing ...

Hud’s new legislation would restore revoked protections and rules

When Dr. Ben Carson was named Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), many housing and civil rights advocates wondered how a world-renowned neurosurgeon would direct the future of housing in America. By his own admission, he ...

What the pledge means

You know the Pledge of Allegiance, probably by heart. You may recite it only occasionally, or get the chance several times a week. Sometimes, I’m guessing, you say it mechanically, and other times filled with deep meaning. I hope it’s ...

Wayne's Words: Female firefighters and 4th of July facts

After 165 years the Joliet Fire Department has hired its first female Firefighter. If you believe a new wave of diversity is occurring don’t hold your breath. According to the website DATAUSA female firefighters account for less than five percent ...

NAACP on the civil rights front lines: Trump’s war against Civil Rights

Recently, the NAACP, alongside members of the Congressional Black Caucus, gathered on the steps of Capitol Hill to demand a halt of the Trump administration’s continued attempts to force Thomas Farr—a known racist with ties to the late segregationist Senator ...

Dear Editor, Is anyone else besides me in IL-16 livid with Adam Kinzinger for doing nothing about the children at the border?

Sessions and Trump are separating children, (some younger than 4 years old, some just months old), from their mothers and fathers. They are not even being told for how long. How can anyone stomach that?

Politics: We need it

Every so often, I jot down a list of the things that discourage me about our country. There’s the widespread disregard for our core values of tolerance and mutual respect, for instance. Our declining national optimism. Our relaxed attitude toward ...

Father's Day

It's time to once again celebrate Father's day in America. I like Father's day. It's always interesting to see if my children or anyone remembers. Maybe I will get a text, an email or even a telephone call. Father's day ...

Wayne's Words: Take me out to the Ballgame?

The City of Joliet baseball stadium is now in it’s 16th season and has been continuously occupied since opening day in 2002. The first occupants were the Joliet Jackhammers. The initial season saw over 180,000 fans attend the games played. ...

Foster Statement on North Korea Summit

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on the summit between President Trump and Kim Jung-un in Singapore: "We all agree a nuclear North Korea is a threat to our national security. We have to be very careful and ...

School choice not the right choice for all students

When the best educators in America traveled to Washington, D.C. for a series of events celebrating innovation in the classroom and to share best practices in K-12 education, they let officials at the Department of Education and the White House ...

Wayne's Words: Time to wean off gaming

The summer of 2018 officially began with the Memorial Day weekend and is on the books. Proper complaints against the weather can now begin with “it’s too hot” in place of “it’s too cold.” Just as the summer is beginning ...