Mann Elementary School is once again in the paper. This time the principal resigned, but it seemed like he was going to get fired. No one really knows what is going on except the superintendent and the board, and they ain't talking. Where is Edward Snowden when we really need him?
My good friend and editor Ken Trainor wrote a column last month, "Will WJ make it to 40?" [Viewpoints, Feb. 5] I'm not sure if the paper will still be around in six years, but I am sure we would miss it if it were gone.
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.