WNIJ Perspectives

Another Effect Of The GOP Tax Plan

Dec 15, 2017

The GOP has passed its tax bill, and the real winners in this major overhaul to our tax system might surprise you. The group that stands to gain the most is not middle-class taxpayers, not the so-called upper 1 percent, and not even the multinational corporations.

The real benefits will go to robots. Let me explain. The Republican tax plan is based on the theory of trickle-down economics — the idea that cutting taxes at the very top spurs investment that eventually trickles down to workers in the form of more jobs, higher wages, and greater opportunities.

A Season Seeking Hope

Dec 14, 2017

I don’t know about you, but this holiday season, I’m struggling. I feel a dissonance in my soul as nostalgic Christmas carols compete with a daily diet of very troubling news.

My heart is heavy with the political and social divisions in our country, the painful aftermath of the many natural disasters, the ever-recurring terrorism, famine and wars around the world.

Sensing a deepening of hopelessness, a hymn came to mind, not connected to this Christmas season. It’s called, “Shepherd me, O God.” Marty Haugen, the composer, based it on the familiar 23rd Psalm.

'Tisn't The Season It Should Be

Dec 13, 2017

The WNIJ Perspectives series provides a welcome platform for members of the community to weigh in on the topics of the day. Many of the Perspectives relate to our shared humanity, rather than being explicitly political. 

My first Perspective, in 2015, was a fact-laden but light-hearted rebuttal to Dan Libman’s assertion that the chicken came before the egg. Dan Klefstad dubbed this Perspectives pair the Poultry Slam, and WNIJ is considering making it a Thanksgiving Day tradition.

Solar Farm Could Bring Benefits

Dec 12, 2017

Driving through the rural Ogle County village of Forreston, it’s very noticeable that the ghostly downtown is void of people and businesses.

Also noticeable are signs opposing a plan for a solar farm. One would think a dying small town would welcome the activity of constructing a solar farm and the extra taxes that come with such a development. It’s really obvious that not much grows in Forreston except a lot of corn and soybeans.

The More Things Change ...

Dec 11, 2017

I was humbled when Dr. Laura Vazquez of Northern Illinois University invited me to work with her on a documentary about the history of racism and exclusion in DeKalb.

My interest in this topic was piqued several years ago when I learned Sycamore was a stop on the Underground Railroad but DeKalb was not.

While it was an unwritten ordinance, DeKalb was a “sundown town” until roughly 50 years ago -- meaning African-Americans should not be in town once the sun goes down. Many African-American NIU students had to live in Sycamore.