When one person does something afoul of civilized guidelines, it is a reflection of that individual’s character. We surmise that something must be wrong with the person and the typical response is to hold that person to that highest standard of accountability and sometimes ridicule.
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Imagine if you will, after sending your wide-eyed first-grader to school, you soon receive an alert from your child’s school that a teacher has been shot and a first-grader has been taken into custody. Or imagine opening the door to your apartment and finding a diaper-clad 4-year-old brandis…
And just like that, residents of Illinois are safer. Illinois is the ninth state to enact legislation banning assault weapons. All it took was for Gov. J.B Pritzker to sign into law a new assault weapons ban and to proclaim that we are now at less risk of being killed by gun violence.
As we prepare to welcome in a new year, no matter what we say, the only thing that starts anew tomorrow is our taxable income rate. Everything else is a continuance. Our attitudes, perspectives, character and habits that has taken a lifetime to form can’t be changed at the stroke of midnight.
Allegedly humans are at the top of the intelligence totem pole. Of course, humans were the sole species of the committee that made that determination. One characteristic of that superior intelligence is to take care of our old, weak and less fortunate. That seems to be in theory only.
Donald Rumsfeld, former secretary of defense under two presidents, once said, “Reports that say something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know …
There was a time when you had to literally stand by the phone in anticipation of receiving some important information. Waiting for the confirmation of the safe arrival of family or friends at their destination or news that all was well as a result of a natural disaster could keep you spellbo…
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As tensions about raising the nation’s $31.4 trillion debt ceiling build, the headline that should be flashing in front of every American is that our country is not working.
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Ron Jackson is a resident of Kankakee. He can be contacted through the Daily Journal at firstname.lastname@example.org