On Jan. 1, Illinois joined 19 other states and the District of Columbia, which have legalized marijuana for medical use. As of that same date, Oregon and Colorado residents don't even have to be sick, they can smoke up just because they don't feel groovy.
This is getting ridiculous. Some facts: The 900 block of South Euclid received no mail delivery on Saturday, Jan. 4; Monday, Jan. 6; Tuesday, Jan. 7; Wednesday, Jan. 8; and Thursday, Jan. 9. A trickle of mail was received on Friday, Jan. 10 and Saturday, Jan. 11.
This time of the year I find myself thinking about time. I look back. Christmas is a benchmark for our lives. Every year you take time off from work in late December to get together with friends and family.
I have been ashamed to admit it, but I am second-generation welfare. When my dad retired back in the 1980s from a meat-packing company in southern Indiana, he was to receive a $600 per month pension from his company, but it had gone bankrupt — along with my dad's pension.
Somewhere along the way the adults hijacked Halloween. I'm not sure when the hijacking occurred, but for evidence one need only go to one of the seasonal Halloween stores that, like mushrooms after a rain, spring up every year around the first of October.