January 11, 2017

Women's March on Chicago expected to atract thousands

Starting at 10am at the Petrillo Bandshell the day after Inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump, the Women's March on Chicago will take to the streets of downtown Chicago on January 21. More than 9,000 participants will walk along the route, which heads west on Jackson, up Michigan Avenue and eventually back to Grant Park. The march will be one of more than 250 others in cities around the world happening simultaneously with the mother of them all, the Women's March on Washington.

The rally will feature more than 15 guest speakers that include:
Ari Afsar: Hamilton cast member (Speaker/Performer during Rally)
Jean Albright: Master Sergeant (retired) U.S. Air Force
Eman Hassaballa Aly: Community Activist
Faith Arnold: SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Fight for $15
Eloise Diaz Bahrmasel: RISE Movement
Rabbi Shoshanah Conover: Temple Sholom of Chicago
Tamar Manasseh: Mothers Against Senseless Killings
Fawzia Mirza: Actor/Producer
Karen Olivo: Hamilton cast member (Speaker/Performer during Rally)
Sara Paretsky: Author, Sisters in Crime Creator
Channyn Lynne Parker: Transgender activist, TransLife Project Manager
Rahnee Patrick: Independent Living at Access Living
Maria Pesqueria: President, Mujeres Latinas en Accion
Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley: Hadiya Pendleton Foundation
Tiffany Pryor: Executive Director, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
Liz Radford & Ann Scholhamer: Co-Chairs of the Women’s March on Chicago
Samantha Marie Ware: Hamilton cast member (Speaker/Performer during Rally)
Reyna Wences: Organized Communities Against Deportations
Rev. Dr. Janette C. Wilson, Esq.: National RainbowPUSH Coalition

The purpose of the march is to bring to the forefront the voices women to support and further women’s rights and civil liberties. Organizers encourage men who support women's rights and allies to the cause to join the march. While reproductive rights is the primary focus of the Saturday morning rally, organizers say that immigration, gun violence, LGBTQ rights, civil liberties, racial equality as well as respect for different faiths are other hot button concerns that could be addressed during the event.

In just a few months after co-creators Ann Scholhamer and Liz Radford made the commitment to put the march on the map, they have gathered an impressive list of organizational support from the Chicagoland area made up of political action groups, churches and union organizations. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 704, National Organization for Women (NOW) and Democratic Women of DuPage County are a sample of the clout donating and volunteering resources or committed to participating in the march.

As of this article, the Chicago march shows almost ten thousand individuals will be in attendance according to the Facebook event page.

Organizers encourage marchers to create signs that address the issue closest to their heart. Signs constructively expressing concerns, hopes or call to action worded constructively are also welcomed.

For more information on the Women's March on Chicago go to their website at http://womens121marchonchicago.org or their Facebook event page.

We are all vulnerable to being shot

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

I'm an advocate of the right to bear arms. I own several nice pistols and a shotgun. I wouldn't mind adding a couple of more to my collection. I have never shot anybody or aimed a gun at a person. I hope and pray I never feel in such danger that I might feel the urgency to do so. Aiming a gun at someone means the possibility of taking that person's life. I would never want to be in that situation. However, I know I could do it if someone was intruding my home or threatening my family.

There are two major reasons why people want guns and they are the right for protection and to hunt animals. Some people like collecting them and some like to shoot at targets.

We try to imagine a society like America free of firearms. Some believe this might be utopia for our country. We then come back to the issue of people who enjoy hunting deer, elk, rabbits, bear, ducks, etc. The sport of hunting and the griping fear of being vulnerable to evil people will forever keep guns flowing in America. Of course, let's not forget the Second Amendment that is not going away.

Sadly, we are all vulnerable to being shot. This reality has existed since the founding of our country. Almost anybody at any time in this nation since the beginning could access a firearm and shoot somebody. We heard about outlaws and gunfights in the Wild West back in the 1800s. Welcome to the Wild West that now covers every inch of America and unfortunately our world.

We don't expect to be sitting at a coffee shop sipping a latte and lose our life to an evil person who walks down the street randomly shooting, like those poor people did in Paris. Nor do we anticipate going to hear some music at a concert and be gunned down which also happened in Paris. We don't dream of walking through an airport to pick up our baggage and then be randomly gunned down by an insane person. Nor do we ever dream of sending our children to a school to be shot by someone who got access to a gun. We didn't used to expect such incidents but now we look around us. We check to see where the exit doors are at malls and theatres.

We look twice around us at restaurants and public events. We know that even in our houses of worship that unlocked doors means anybody might walk in and begin eliminating lives.

Terrorism has successfully taken away our relaxed way of living and traveling in America and most of the world. This is why every effort must be made to eliminate such groups as ISIS and any hate group that encourages such violence.

We must also realize that while wackos might only be one in a million that it only takes one to kill five people like happened in Ft. Lauderdale International airport last week.

Don't live in fear. Don't die of a heart attack stressing out because that's what terrorists want. Yet, always be alert, wary and legally carry a gun and shoot back if you get the chance.

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.

This article is the sole opinions of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of PhotoNews Media. We welcome comments and views from our readers.


January 10, 2017

Do something you enjoy

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

Many Americans need more motivation.

One of the greatest internal dynamics that any human can possess is motivation. Life is very difficult for many Americans because they have lost their motivation. I recently saw a story about a 100-year-old man who sky dived out of an airplane. The reporter covering the story said he also enjoys doing yoga and apparently enjoys living an active life.

I'm amazed with a local friend of mine who at the age of almost eighty continues to build and sell hotels. He owns several but occasionally sells a couple for a lot of money and then builds another one or two. He started with very little but just kept trying and today he has millions of dollars.

We've all heard stories of people who just kept trying. We hear the success stories but often we don't hear too much about all the people who spent years trying and eventually gave up. They became discouraged and gave up.

Nashville has hundreds of gifted musicians who have never made it to the top and thousands more who gave up and went home. Hollywood and New York and other entertainment cities have had lots of starving artists who never made it to the level they aspired. Lot's of people have dreamed of being President of the United States and worked hared to achieve their goal but it hasn't happened for them and never will.

Millions have dropped out of college, failed at marriage, failed as parents, failed at dieting and exercise and feel hopeless at life.

How do you stay motivated when you feel like you have failed?

Do something you enjoy. Why do we have to be so serious all the time? Life is serious. People get sick and die. We battle cancer and other diseases. We struggle with money and relationships and other people complicate our lives. The hardest thing you may accomplish this week is to do something fun but I suggest you to engage in something that is entertaining and fun for you. Too many Americans are burned out in survival mode. They desperately tread the choppy waters of life. Stress, lack of sleep and worries fill their every day. You might die tomorrow so what is there that you might enjoy doing today? Doing something that brings a smile to your face occasionally is good for your heart and spirit. I always found that if I enjoy something just a little then I am drawn to it like a magnet.

Don't jump off cliffs without a parachute. If you have a day job then hold onto it until something else works out. Having a stable job of some sort is usually tiring and stressful. However, if you have a paycheck coming in then you have the mental wherewithal to experiment and be creative. You will have less time to be creative but at least you will have food in your stomach while you are trying. Stability normally gives us a foundation to stand on and enhances motivation.

Occasionally write down three or four things that you want to do. Your list might include planting a garden for this spring, Maybe you would like to join an exercise class, start walking a mile every day or start a new business venture. Writing it down and looking at your list for a few days will remind you about what is important.

Try to forget failures and disappointments. We all have them. We've tried things that didn't work but occasionally something works and when it does it's gratifying.

Finally, have something that you are going to do tomorrow. We must have something that we want to do tomorrow so that we are motivated to get out of bed, shower and pursue the day.

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.

This article is the sole opinions of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of PhotoNews Media. We welcome comments and views from our readers.


Letters: The cost of raising a child is nonsense

The Department of Agriculture claims the cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610, or almost $14,000 annually. As the father of seven children, let me say that this is nonsense.

Moreover, the Department of Agriculture fails to identify the multiple BENEFITS of raising children, such as the physical, spiritual, intellectual and emotional advantages. These benefits are not just unquantifiable, but inestimable. The value of raising, nurturing and training children far surpass the outlandish financial estimates of Washington D.C. bureaucrats.

With this seemingly exaggerated cost estimate, how do we expect to encourage married couples to return to the healthy birth rate of more than 2.1 in the United States? We’re shortsighted if we fail to see that the current U.S. trend is unsustainable and portends economic trouble, including lower living standards for most citizens. We simply have to look at Japan, Greece or Italy for a lesson in the detriment of low birth rates.

Federal officials are simply out-of-touch with Middle America. Most of us don’t spend hundreds of dollars on a hammer and we spend far less than they estimate to raise a child each year. The government can learn something from working families.
David E. Smith
Executive Director
Illinois Family Institute