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  • Politics and religion are very similar. Both require faith and trust and are very vulnerable to corruption. Their idealism may draw dreamers and doers but also provides a pulpit for true believers and too often a workplace for miscreants, con men and connivers.  The pure of heart realize that political correctness is often the land of half-truths and that halos on this side of sanctity are ephemeral at best.
  • Some of my friends are expecting 2020 to be a difficult year. One of them told me she believes it will be “apocalyptic.” Gosh, I hope not. We have enough problems without the apocalypse to worry about.
  • The God Was sat shaking its head,

    distressed by hearing what was said

    by humans who lied and distorted facts

    and unconscionably committed barbaric acts.

  • Things I’d Rather Not:

      - have a disease named after me

      - become famous or, worse, infamous

      - knowingly, or even accidentally, harm any living creature

      - be the last living person on earth

  • Winter’s hardship is bracing, austere and pure. That great philosopher Mike Royko wrote that Chicago-area winters build character. He was right: if we can endure a sub-zero morning waiting for a train that seems perennially on the horizon, we can endure anything.
  • Folks throughout the U.S.A should thank young people for spearheading marches against gun violence and beseeching the U.S. government to enact stricter laws regarding gun availability/purchases.  Sadly, Pennsylvania’s Republican Senator Santorum was quoted as saying: “How about kids, instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations where there is a violent shooter and you can actually respond to that?”  Good grief. “Fools rush in where angels dare not tread.” (“Fools Rush In” lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Rube Bloom)
  • Readers can fill in the numbers and do the counting

  • Our differences pale in comparison to the bonds of common experience and understanding –the bonds of humanity – that tie us together.
  • Mr. Brown has provided a valuable service to Evanston youth and to this community for many years. 
  • As we were preparing the article on Evanston’s part in the September global climate strike, one interviewee commented that, although the City and several private local groups are working toward lowering Evanston’s carbon footprint, the community has no ongoing protests against climate change.
  • It seems we are living in such a time now. The rise and growing reach of the internet has radically altered the way we communicate, do business and manage our lives. Huge and increasing disparities of wealth challenge our idea of what a just and equitable society should be. The increasing power of China in the east and nativist populism in the United Kingdom, Europe and America are roiling national and global politics. Toxic social media and civic strife are on the rise.
  • As we were preparing the article on Evanston’s part in the September global climate strike, one interviewee commented that, although the City and several private local groups are working toward lowering Evanston’s carbon footprint, the community has no ongoing protests against climate change.
  • Me, myself and I may make humane and Constitution abiding people blue. “So what,” I say, “I could care less. They can always try to sue.”

     

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