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  • RoundTable Editorial: Reconsider the Public Health Fines
    April 30. After nearly eight weeks, people across the country are on edge, no less so in Evanston. The buffer of good will between decisions that affect public health and those that affect private economics is wearing thin.
  • It is February, Black History Month in the USA (also known as African American History Month) and Canada.  It is unofficially Black History Month in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands in October.  Black History Month is a month to focus on the history, culture and accomplishments of black people.
  • Anyone can vent as I’ve done here. Having the freedom to let one’s feelings be heard is part of the greatness of this country. Imposing those feelings on others requires a special sensitivity and I am trusting that is evident here. The humor helps but...t’ain’t funny, what’s happening.
  • As mentioned in an earlier article, I spent several weeks in the South a while ago.  Friends told me that I had been in the “Bible Belt.”
  • “Words, words, words. I’m so sick of words,” sang Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. That seems truer than ever these days. The world is filling up with words, pouring out from every podcast and publication, talk show and tweet, editorial and essay. Some of these words are hurtful or divisive, others are misleading or just plain wrong. Do we need more of them?
  • 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. 
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