Author Archives: jharrin4

About jharrin4

mass communication/speech instructor at College of DuPage and Triton College in suburban Chicago. Army veteran of the Viet Nam era.

Waterloo, Anyone?

You might have heard the expression the fish stinks from the head-down. Yesterday I wrote about how I am encouraged by the Parkland teens who, in the aftermath of their high school becoming a killing ground for the latest psycho … Continue reading

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19,190 Days

  On October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock, using an AR-15, semi-automatic assault style rifle, among other weapons, shot and killed 58 people from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, situated on the Las Vegas strip. His randomly chosen … Continue reading

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Lives Over Money

Parkland, Florida. The crazed shooter and 17 dead. Over the past 20 years, just about every level of formal education, from those 1st graders at Sandy Hook, to Virginia Tech, has gone through what is now commonly referred to as … Continue reading

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Get a Grip

17 more shooting victims. Mostly high schoolers and some staff. Shocked! Shocked? No way. Disgust, yes, but who can be shocked any longer? In just the past two years more people have been killed in this country by bullets than … Continue reading

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If a Tree Falls in the Forest and No One is Around to Hear it, Does It Matter Anymore?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke for 8 hours straight yesterday, apparently on behalf of the so-called “Dreamers” and in hopes of getting Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to bring a straight-up vote on the matter (which would likely … Continue reading

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2 Minutes to Midnight

The community in which I reside, a semi-diverse “village” seemingly grafted onto the western boundary of the city of Chicago, recently instituted a policy designed to reduce the use of those ubiquitous plastic bags. These bags have been referred to … Continue reading

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From Nader to the Nadir

2018, day 6. A year ago, it was January 20th when it became official here in the U.S. of A. that a new abnormal normal would be a kind of crazy quotidian surreal reality show to end all reality shows debuted. … Continue reading

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