Can we do away with false patriotism please!

It’s not that this particular brand of flu is all that bad – I only had it for one day – it’s recovering from it that’s the real killer. I’m going to sponsor a new bill that will make it a death penalty offense for anyone to go to work sick or to send their kids to school with the plague.  false patriotism

Sadly this recent under the weatherness is the reason for the lack of posts.

On Thursday Patch, I finally got to cover one of my favorite topics – using false patriotism as a form of pandering or a means of asserting your will on others. We all know you can recite a prayer or the Pledge of Allegiance till your blue in the face, but true spirituality and patriotism only comes from within.

Who gives a flying bleep if a candidate wears a flag pin? What I really wanna know is, are they going to be able to avoid that uncontrollable urge to spend my money?

Anyway, enjoy the column!

The phone lines were rockin’ today!

As is always the case, if you missed Left, Right and You today – and shame on you if you did –  you can listen to the show right here: Left Right and You Jan. 15. 

Sue Harney

Sue Harney

We owe a debt of gratitude to Dundee Township Supervisor Sue Harney and Barrington Hills  Mayor Robert Abboud who both called in to give us their thoughts on why we desperately need to protect our local groundwater. The problem there is, once you screw it up, you don’t get it back!

It was really nice to hear someone other than me disagree with Allen!

We also discussed New York’s brand new gun control law which turned out to be a major bone of contention.  I love it and Allen most certainly does not.

Needless to say, the show is well worth a listen. Until next week…

Please join us on Left, Right and You from 3 to 4 p.m. today

It’s that time of the week again! Tune in to AM1410 from 3 to 4 this afternoon to hear co-host Allen Skillicorn and I discuss:  run-allen-skillicorn-jeff-ward

  • Has his trip to Springfield turned Allen into a card carrying member of the walking dead?
  • Groundwater issues in East Dundee and rain taxes in Elgin with Dundee Township Supervisor Sue Harney.
  • New York is about to pass the toughest gun control law in the nation – are we next?
  • Does softening his same-sex marriage stance mean the end of the road for Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady?

Please call in at 847-931-1410. You don’t wanna miss this one folks!


It’s time for the real conservatives to take back their movement

I’m sure most of you have already heard about the Pledge of Allegiance fracas at Mill Creek Elementary School in unincorporated Geneva.

Though today’s Patch column gives conservatives no quarter, my point wasn’t as much to go after them, but to take them to task for letting wingnuts like this parent co-opt their movement. We may not fully agree on contentious topics like same sex marriage, gun control and the President, but that doesn’t mean the dialog can’t be civil.

But rather than ramble on about it again, I’ll let the column stand for itself. The reader comments are also quite interesting.

Doncha just love township government?

First of all, wherever a municipality holds sway, it’s time to eliminate township government because it’s redundant. The second reason we can do without it is the statement made by Geneva Township Trustee Robert Kovacs who obviously doesn’t believe in leaving anything up to the voters.

Geneva Township Trustees taking a 2011 vote

Geneva Township Trustees taking a 2011 vote

C’mon! Anyone who reads this blog knows that townships like the Geneva version are where they bury the political patronage bodies because no one’s paying attention. And I’m sure you also already know that Township Supervisor Pat Jaeger has been running it as his own personal fiefdom for years.

But why spoil all the surprises! In my latest Geneva Patch column you will discover:

  • Mr. Kovac’s fascinating pronouncements on bouncing a township candidate off the ballot
  • How much a township clerk makes including his or her health insurance benefits
  • That Geneva Township trustees, who generally don’t do much,  make twice what Geneva aldermen make
  • Just how many of your tax dollars go towards this kind of political patronage

Who can I count on to start the end of township government ball rolling? Until then, enjoy the column!

I hope you enjoyed the show…

But if you didn’t you can listen to today’s Left, Right and You can take it all in right here: Left Right and You Jan. 8.

Thanks to 66th District State Rep Mike Tryon for calling in and helping us dissect the state’s seemingly eternal pension problem. Sadly, there appears to be no progress in that regard.

State Rep. Mike Tryon

State Rep. Mike Tryon

We also discussed the Illinois GOP’s sudden shift on gay marriage and yours truly challenged the Catholic Church to be more consistent in their approach to moral issues. I may have even proposed to Dave our producer! I guess I’m just an incurable romantic.





Left, Right and You – tune in today from 3 to 4 p.m.

It’s gonna be a good one folks! With co-host Allen heading down to Mordor…I mean Springfield immediately after the show, we’ll be covering what our always fascinating representatives are cooking up during this lame duck session. That includes:

  • Is the Illinois GOP really serious about going for gay marriage?  megyn
  • Was Springfield’s attempt at gun control something we can get behind?
  • Should illegal immigrants get drivers licenses?
  • Is Illinois’ current pension reform plan worth the paper on which it’s written?

And Allen and I only agree on item number 4!

Also, State Representative Mike Tryonwill call in to compare the property taxes we pay in the suburbs to what Governor Pat Quinn and Speaker of the House Mike Madigan pay in the city of Chicago.

So it will certainly pay to tune in to WRMN AM1410 between 3 and 4 to get our take on these interesting and divisive issues. And we welcome yours at 847-931-1410 too!