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About majaramirez

former assistant instructor in tai chi chu'an; current TreeKeeper (#467); former Master Gardener; member of American Bird Conservancy, Audubon, Fraternal Order of Police, and Mensa; career cop, now assigned as Warrant/Summons Officer at Branches 29 & 42; wife and mom.

Women, men, and incel hell

Let’s say you’re anti-abortion. “No abortions, ever, that’s the sanctity of life.” Can you prove you are? Not with signs, or rallies, or even your words. Prove it with your own actions. Because you resemble a white-right extremist. You say … Continue reading

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Grief, two years out

I was there at the end of August 2011 when my mother breathed her last. She’d been brilliant, an MD, but deteriorated mentally as well as physically, the way nobody wants to but too many will. My only siblings resided … Continue reading

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Tagger? Get over yourself!

Who picked the article “Train Painting” (Utne Reader c. Sept/Oct2000) which should’ve been titled what it is – train wrecking? Allan Abel regaled us with tales from the “defacers’ hall of fame,”and that, too, should’ve been called what it is … Continue reading

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Keep fish on our side of the pond!

I fail to understand how Alaska salmon, transported to “China, where it is processed into steaks, bulk packaged and stored frozen by a secondary processor… later repackaged into retail units for the U.S. market” (Sunday Tribune, April 25,2010) is better for anything except … Continue reading

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Pot – or not?

It’s true Illinois needs long-term influxes of cash. Representative Kelly Cassidy and State Senator Heather Steans probably think they’re doing good in advocating for legalized marijuana in Illinois, but their call to legalize it is barking up the wrong tree. As … Continue reading

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Save Jane Doe/Poe/Roe (etc-et al)

The Chicago Tribune’s Steve Chapman gave us most of the pertinent details about Jane Doe, the pregnant young woman too often referred to as a “girl” (“Forced childbirth or voluntary abortion?” Thursday October 26th, 2017) and compared her case to … Continue reading

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a Sassy observation

Last year Alabamians got tired of being one of the poorest states ever. Bannon and McConnell blamed each other for Roy Moore’s loss, but as skilled as Repubs are at seeing everyone but themselves as the problem, and are we … Continue reading

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