Category Archives: Provocations

Opinions on politics, society, and the world in general.

dave in the shack

shack-selfieI have a friend, Dave McClure. He’s retired from directing the La Salle County Youth Service Bureau.  He worked for a lot of years to make the lives of troubled children and their families better. He didn’t always succeed; sometimes the obstacles are too great. Still, he didn’t stop working, he didn’t stop caring. Although he's retired, he hasn't stopped working, he hasn't stopped caring. Now, he writes (and volunteers and loves, and lives a good life). He writes with heart and grace about everyday events both past and present. I suspect he will be writing a lot in the coming weeks and months. (Here’s a link to Dave’s blog) Dave is one of my heroes. Usually, we choose our heroes in childhood.  I didn’t meet Dave until I was about forty – an age that many of us have either outgrown or been disappointed by our heroes becoming jaded, cynical. Dave inspires me to be a better human being and to hope. But hope without action, is a delusion. So, I will begin to write today.

How to Contact Senators, Representatives, and the Governor

    Legislation and policy are important. Voicing your opinion can make a difference.         Senator Mark Kirk         Senator Dick Durbin         16th District Representative – Adam Kinzinger   If you don’t know who your representative in the U.S. congress is, here’s how: Find YourContinue Reading

Letter to Governor Rauner

  Governor Rauner, Did you read the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s “Public Agenda for College and Career Success” before suggesting a 30% cut to higher education funding? If you haven’t here is the link to the document: http://www.ibhe.org/masterPlanning/materials/070109_PublicAgenda.pdf The report outlines how it is critical that our state increase educational attainment to ensure economicContinue Reading