Quick Hits – February 10, 2016
Ya gotta giv the Guv credit…
… For his willingness to meet one-on-one with the President. And I most certainly hope that beer summit comes to pass because that’s the way all politicians should behave. You don’t have to agree about everything to get along.
And they do have one thing in common! Our two head honchos could easily compare notes on what it’s like to face an obstructive and unyielding legislature.
Sadly, the majority of Illinois Republicans and conservatives are taking the President’s impending Springfield visit rather poorly. Why, they’re shrieking and howling about it even more than Ted Cruz did when he got that wedding invitation from George Takei
And the only folks that manage to make those surly Republicans look good are Rich Miller’s fascinating readers. Holy crap! The only poll they need to take is the one from out of their collective butts.
All this ridiculous outcry reminds me of is how badly parents reacted to the newly elected President’s attempt to address their school children. Indoctrination! They cried! Oh My! How things haven’t changed! Please tell me, after almost eight years, that we’re not still afraid of the black guy.
Of course, if the tables were turned, and Illinois Democrats refused to meet with a conservative President, there would be hell to pay.
So good for Governor Rauner. Perhaps there’s hope yet!
They’re many things, but they’re not Christian!
Wheaton College that is.
Once again, before you hit the post or send button, please consider that I didn’t create that lofty Christian ideal, I simply choose reiterate it every now and then.
For proof of my postulate, please look no further than the Professor Larycia Hawkins saga which appears to be coming to some sort of bizarre conclusion. Again, for those under-a-rock dwellers among us, Professor Hawkins is the one who donned a hijab and declared that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Basically the same thing Pope Frank said.
To absolutely no one’s surprise, via confidential agreement, the Professor and College are parting ways. But what is somewhat stunning, is the purported parting apology from Wheaton College Provost Stanton Jones:
“I asked Dr. Hawkins for her forgiveness for the ways I contributed to the fracture of our relationship, and to the fracture of Dr. Hawkins’ relationship with the college,” he wrote. “While I acted to exercise my position of oversight of the faculty within the bounds of Wheaton College employment policies and procedures, I apologized for my lack of wisdom and collegiality as I initially approached Dr. Hawkins, and for imposing an administrative leave more precipitously than was necessary.“
I guess that part of the legal settlement isn’t confidential! As much as I’d like to believe in the Provost’s supposed sincerity, I’m sure the only reason that statement was issued, was to mitigate the previous blatant due process, racial, gender, academic freedom, confidentiality, and faculty governance violations.
That would be one heck of a lawsuit!.
From the beginning to the end, this Christian College’s only concern was protecting their own butt’s and their vast endowment – nothing more. So while you will certainly get a great education at Wheaton College, it probably won’t be a Christian one.
To quote the great Randy Newman, “It’s money that matters.”
The zoning board of appeals? A mere speed bump!
The last thing I want to see is my beloved Campton Hillians falling from paroxysms of joy directly into the depths of a dire depression. But I fear that’s exactly what’s about to happen.
You see, the Kane County Zoning Board of Appeals just voted down the proposed adjacent-to-Camption-Hills high-end Maxaam LLC rehab center and, by those neighbors’ reaction, you’d think the Cubs had finally won the World Series.
Not so fast my fond hilly friends!
Because the County Zoning Board of Appeals is so far from the final say that it’s like going nuts over you’re your NFL wildcard win. C’mon! There are still four games to go!
It’s in that same vain that this issue now moves to the County Development Committee, then to the Executive Committee, and finally to the full board. And like Larry and I explained on Left, Right, and You, the County Board knows those fine folks at FHA have no sense of humor and the fines they can levy are no laughing matter.
The board also understands that addiction is a legally defined disability, and to refuse something as simple as a group home on that basis won’t turn out very well for that government entity.
I’d say we’ll see where this one goes, but I think we already know!
(BTW, former KC Chief Judge Keith Brown and Maxaam LLC CFA Steve Marco will join Left, Right and You on Monday!)