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Doing The Human(e) Thing

page-04.pdf-000By Russ Mann

In a sermon given by Father Sam Citero on 8/9/2014 at St. Therese’s Catholic Church in Cresskill, New Jersey, the good Father related his experience from a visit to El Salvador during its civil war that lasted from 1979 thru 1992 and began with a military overthrow of the elected government.

The twelve-year war spawned extreme violence from both sides. It included the...
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Oh, Man, That’s Gonna Leave A Mark ...

page-04.pdf-001By Rich Miller

I’m not sure why, but the surprise appearance by former Gov. Jim Edgar at the Illinois State Fair’s Republican Day last week didn’t generate much media coverage.

Despite the fact that Edgar is a Republican, this was not an easy “get” for Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner. I’m told it took weeks of careful wooing and negotiations through one of...
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Being American

page-04.pdf-000By Russ Mann

The “job creators”... how often have we heard that misnomer applied exclusively to the wealthy and to corporations? Common sense and Economics 101 teaches us that, while business does hire employees, the need for them is driven by consumerism, i.e., “demand that exceeds supply”.

Yet “corporate owned” legislators insist that we not only need to give corporations...
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Ford Can Now Move Forward With His Life ...

page-04.pdf-001By Rich Miller

As you probably know by now, the US Attorney’s office in Chicago has agreed to drop all felony charges against Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago) and has charged him instead with a simple misdemeanor.

The original 17 federal counts of bank fraud and submitting false information to a bank each carried potential sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine...
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The Greatest Nation Still Longs For Justice

page-04.pdf-000By Russ Mann

In 1987 a Texas man, Michael Morton, was convicted in the brutal beating death of his wife and he was sentenced to life in prison. Fortunately for Morton he didn’t become one of the record numbers of executions that Texas chalks up each year.

After Morton had served almost 25 years in prison, DNA evidence, finally tested, indicated that another man, Mark Alan Norwood, was...
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