WNIJ Perspectives

Something Worth Saving

Oct 20, 2017

I have this clear, glass jar, about four inches tall. It used to hold maraschino cherries.

I save jars. I save a lot of stuff in case I might need it someday.

I picked up this habit from my dad and his generation that had to make do with whatever they had, or could find — or had saved.

This jar still can’t be tossed away, because of what is still in it.

The jar was half full of ashes. They were poured from an urn on the day we took Dad to his final rest at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery south of Joliet.

Here's Why I Take A Knee

Oct 19, 2017

From the front of the room, the professor -- who was black -- sarcastically said, “So, now I should feel bad for you, poor little white girl?”

From the front of the room, the professor -- who was black -- sarcastically said, “So, now I should feel bad for you, poor little white girl?”

I felt the heat spread from the top of my head throughout my body. Her remark was in response to a statement I made when she asked, “How did you feel reading the poem, ‘What I want my white friends to know about being black?’” I said “ashamed.”  Hence the slap!

Another View Of Marijuana

Oct 18, 2017

Proponents for legalizing marijuana have their reasons.  

  • Pot use, they say, rarely leads to a DUI charge.
  • Pot makes people mellow, not aggressive. 
  • It’s used as a medicine. 
  • It’s not always a gateway drug.  
  • And finally, criminalization is a waste of law enforcement resources. 

But such reasoning ignores important facts.

A Satisfying Trip Home

Oct 17, 2017

On a recent flight back to Chicago from Memphis, I had a beautiful sunset view of the Mississippi River, snaking along and defining the border between Tennessee and Arkansas.

Situated in the southwest corner of Tennessee, Memphis is more akin to the Mississippi Delta and the Arkansas farmland than to east Tennessee and Appalachia. And that geography, along with the river, is woven into the city’s DNA. Its rich musical heritage was cultivated from the confluence of rural and urban, black and white.

Just One More Example ...

Oct 16, 2017

Not even a month after a hurricane devastated Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States -- or should I say, a responsibility of the United States -- President Trump tweeted: “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”

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