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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.

Real sex robots — um, good?

As a veteran law-enforcement officer and feminist, I feel some relief that actual women and children might catch a break from being abused if men who want to rely on sexbots, rather than breathing human partners, can get them. Some … Continue reading

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Fake-Smiling Big Sugar

It isn’t Toni Preckwinkle laughing all the way to the bank, not on our behalf nor her own, through all this. argument over Illinois’s sugary drinks tax, a good-riddance to a bad thing that’s been hard won and a long … Continue reading

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CPS: Don’t inflict Burge on 7th & 10th graders!

Open letter to CPS, Chief Education Officer Jackson, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, et al: I am a graduate of LaSalle Elementary (1972, now LaSalle Language Academy) and Lane Technical High School (formerly boys only; I was one of only two girls … Continue reading

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Sugary drinks tax? O, the humanity!

To anyone getting in a lather about the soft-drink tax, there are more important things to consider and do rather than driving to the next county for your fix. And if you can’t stand the thought of not having a … Continue reading

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Missing chunk of neo-nazi puzzle

At least one alt-right writer denigrated Heather Heyer as a lesbian and as a supposed drain on society.  The idea held by far too many, he too thinks she abandoned her natural duty and so her place in society. This speaks … Continue reading

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Chicago’s Golf Gaffe

So Cassandra Curry (of Chicago) and her Ebony Ladies Golf League want us to think “‘You get plenty of nature when you golf’.”  I would say “It is to laugh” if it weren’t so deplorable. Years ago I started in … Continue reading

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Scam, attempted & averted 

This is not a fake news tidbit or urban legend – it happened to me yesterday late afternoon, 6/16/17, at Costco: I was sitting in my car, which was not in a designated parking place, waiting for my husband to … Continue reading

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Call the evil the name they abhor: daesh

When I saw footage of the miscreants destroying the statues of Mesopotamia and others which had stood for centuries (of Buddha and the winged bull among others), acts as despicable as lighting live humans afire and which the United Nations … Continue reading

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The dangers of the mentally challenged: what should police do?

Before and since 2015 I read with keen interest, as ever, articles about encounters some mentally challenged individuals have with law enforcement officials. The social worker for Shirley, a San Francisco schizophrenic, called police in 2015 and advised them that her … Continue reading

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Allergy – irritant, life-threatening killer, and sometimes penicillin

Allergic reactions run the gamut from sneezing, nasal misery, and fatigue to airway shutdowns. One person can shrug off a mosquito bite, while the person next to her develops a violent headache and a welt at the scene of the … Continue reading

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