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Fair Tax?
The state of Illinois has bungled things so badly, the only way out is more taxes. (say NO to any new taxes!) The hole keeps getting deeper because the legislature has refused to reform the pension plans. Pension reform would require a constitutional amendment.

Corruption runs deep in this state, as in Com/Ed/Madigan. Why hasn’t he been investigated?

Hispanic Heritage Month
A celebration of the cultural aspects of the Mexican community. Celebrating Frida Kahlo, a great Mexican artist. There is nothing off the wall. Everything is as it should be. No stereotypes.

The Browning of America
In the not too distant future White (Caucasian) people will be in the minority. That will not change the history of our country. The revisionist historians are already at work.
As the son of Irish immigrants and acutely aware of the Irish contribution to this country, from the canal diggers to the Irish Brigade, not to mention the political dynasties, the nuns founding hospitals and orpahages, Catholic Charities, and the Irish neighborhoods. Not to mention the character of the Irish and their work ethic.

Italian Attack

The Chicago Public Schools have already changed the Columbus Day Holiday to Indigenous Peoples Day. The proud tradition of celebrating Columbus Day is in danger of fading away. We have celebrated the culture, the music, the food, and the great Italian restaurants in this city.

As I stated last month, there is room for both. An Indigenous Peoples Statue and a Columbus Statue.

Amy Coney Barrett
Having spent some time watching the confirmation hearings, I believe Judge Barrett is extremely well qualified for the job.
Listening to the questions about her being a Catholic and whether or not it would be a conflict when Roe V. Wade comes before the court. After she explained the process of how a case comes to be heard before the court, there is not much doubt that her independent views would not come into play. Only the rule of law.

The same questions came up repeatedly and her reply was consistent.

Senator Lindsay Graham said, “Amy Coney Barrett is a woman who is unashamedly pro-life, and has embraced her faith without apology.”

The Liberals are fuming. They wanted to discredit her, but couldn’t find any fault. I don’t understand how Senator Richard Durbin, and other Roman Catholics in the house and Senate can support abortion.

COVID Coping
It’s tough to cope with the isolation and the lack of social interaction. Thank God for TV, the internet, and a few good friends. The end is not in sight, and we listen to the news everyday and they blame President Trump for the dilemma. If you have half a brain you know whoever tries to manage COVID we’d be exactly where we are now. Joe Biden can’t do anything except make empty promises.

Grosse Ile
When we reflect on our heritage and the Famine of 1845-1852, it brings to mind my visit to Grosse Ile in 1994. Gross Ile is the Irish Memorial Historic Site It was a quarantine station where the coffin ships left the Irish immigrants who contracted Tuiphus aboard the ships. I heard President Mary Robinson was to visit the island which is in the St. Lawrence River, South of Quebec City.

There was a group called Action Grosse Ile from Toronto who were working to prevent the island from being turned into a theme park. They were looking for people to join their group, so I did.

I decided to meet them in Quebec City and join them as they marched from Quebec City to Berthier-sur-mer where we took the ferry to Grosse Ile.

We saw the first class hotel, the remaining ‘fever sheds’ and the graveyard full of white crosses. Sand and seaweed had to be brought in to cover the graves so they looked like lazy beds of potatoes. It was the beginning for me and my development of a lifetime connection. I paid four more visits to Grosse Ile. I was there when President Mary MacAleese dedicated the new memorial.

Irish Mythology
“The salmon of knowledge swims only in the Boyne.”

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