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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; recently retired career cop; wife and mom.

Take Amazon by storm

It’s amazing that Amazon might be considering anywhere but Chicago for the placement of their new facility. Houston was just destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, and easily could be again. Austin escaped Harvey’s whole wrath by the skin of its teeth, … Continue reading

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Palm problems

I don’t follow Mother Church’s dicta, but I do try to keep up with world issues, so maybe for Lent we could talk about palm. How a food feels to us has a lot to do with how much we like … Continue reading

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Yes – the Nose Knows

My husband and I have been the police for a really long time. We take issue with those who claim we can’t smell marijuana on clothes, whether the accusers work with scents, stink, what-have-you — or none. We both have hovered … Continue reading

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Who Knows What?

Donald Trump has said that global heating is a Chinese hoax – even though he browbeat the Scottish government to erect a seawall to protect his golf course there. He disregards the solid research and recommendations from the National Oceanic … Continue reading

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Whom to believe and why? These are the vital questions

“The “Prez” failed many morality tests long before he moved into the White House. – He didn’t pay people who did an honest day’s (or more) work for him – He bragged that anyone who was rich like him could … Continue reading

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Against contraception/abortion? Put up or shut up

Steve Chapman gave us some of the pertinent details in the travails of Jane Doe, the pregnant Central American young woman too often referred to as a “girl” (“Forced childbirth or voluntary abortion?” Tribune, Thursday, October 26th, 2017) and compared … Continue reading

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Reviving Megafauna: Madness!

So Chief Seathl continues to be ignored. He who warned that another heaven and another Earth must pass before [a species] could come into being again — what did he, a “mere” Indian, know? No-one knows all the minute interactions … Continue reading

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Stop with the “neighborhood” nuisance – cats

In 2009, an Elmhurst , IL, man killed a skunk all by himself.  Elmhurst fined him.  I argued via letter that the town should have immediately issued him an apology and a refund of his $25 fine, because what he … Continue reading

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Highs and Lows

As pinpoint pupils tell the paramedic the patient is likely overdosed on opioids, the pinhole eye of Hurricane Maria warned: the worst is yet to come. The lesson more than ever is that there are some places humans just shouldn’t … Continue reading

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The Tribune, Rauner, abortion, & preferential treatment

I learned from writer Bill Ruthhart (and Bruce Dold, who was quoted in the piece) in the Tribune on Christmas Day last year that [Mayor Rahm Emanuel]’s press office was told “if he writes something newsworthy…something that has a strong … Continue reading

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