Was Daedalus really stricken with grief when Icarus fell into the sea? Or just disappointed by the design failure? -Alison Bechdel As a K-5 art teacher the curriculum was a yearly construction and reconstruction, and always based fundamentally on what was interesting to me and what interested my students. As a student in Professor […]Read More Was Daedalus really stricken with grief when Icarus fell into the sea? Or just disappointed by the design failure?
Climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, addressed the U.N.’s Climate Action Summit in New York City on Monday. Here’s the full transcript of Thunberg’s speech, beginning with her response to a question about the message she has for world leaders. “My message is that we’ll be watching you. “This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up […]Read More Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN’s Climate Action Summit. “You are failing us.”
Thursday nights I draw with a group at the Art Institute of Chicago. Most weeks we are in one of the galleries drawing from the collection. Just with pencils and markers. Lines on paper. Two hours. Maybe with Degas. Maybe with Gaugin (not a favorite). One evening it was in a gallery of […]Read More My evening with Milton Rogovin.
In two and a half years of doing our weekly broadcast and podcast, the Lumpen Radio studio on South Morgan in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago has never been filled with so much music. Or a voice like Ms Mary D. Williams’ voice. Ms Williams sings gospel and freedom songs, although she’s been known […]Read More Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Mary D. Williams and Tim Tyson.
My Illinois Retired Teachers Association chapter usually has a lunch with legislators and candidates in an election year. So this was different. Yesterday six General Assembly members, all Democrats, from this solidly blue north Chicago suburban area showed up to share their views of the past legislative session. They were nearly giddy. With large Democratic […]Read More What I learned from legislators at my IRTA luncheon.
Carolyn Bryant Donham had been a central figure in the killing of Chicago’s Emmett Till. In August of 1955, while visiting family in Mississippi, Emmett Till had entered a store to buy two cents worth of bubble gum. Shortly after exiting it was said he may have whistled at Bryant’s 21-year-old white wife, Carolyn. Enraged, […]Read More Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Tim Tyson and the blood of Emmett Till.
One of the pleasures of having our Hitting Left radio show and podcast – live at 11am on Friday’s. 105.5fm. Streaming at http://www.lumpenradio.com and podcast/archived at http://www.hittingleft.libsyn.com – is having as guests some really good and decent political people. Chicago city council members even. We’ve had as guests Susan Sadlowski Garza, Byron Sigcho, Rossana Rodriquez, […]Read More Some Chicago aldermen have an odd sense of irony.
I blogged yesterday about the idea of Illinois taxing retirement savings. I wrote that I have always supported the idea of retired folks at a high income level paying a share in taxes in Illinois, a state which does not tax anybody’s (not just retired public employees) retirement savings. I also pointed out that in […]Read More Who are the rich? Pensions, taxes and the Raise Chicago ordinance.
To be clear, as a retired couple living on social security, a public employee pension and savings, we have no objection to a tax on retirement savings. Earned income of those over 65 and who are working is already taxed in Illinois. For years – and it has been years now – when I write […]Read More The Sun-Times scapegoating the elderly again. On taxing retirement income.