Saturday, January 4, 2020

Letter to the Editor:
What was she thinking?

Dear Editor,

What was Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton thinking when she purchased recreational marijuana in Chicago on the first day of its legal sales in Illinois? Does she not understand that as a public official she is setting a reckless and foolish example, especially for children and teens?

Illinois policy makers are sending a dangerous message to our young people. First, we called it "medicinal". Now, we call it "recreational". Gone are the days of "this is your brain on drugs." Instead, elected officials like Stratton are celebrating drug use by welcoming the marijuana industry to communities throughout the state.

Their feckless example will mislead citizens into a diminished understanding of the dangers of drug use until it affects them personally. As the perception of risk plummets, drug use (and addictions) will climb.

Not only have lawmakers failed to do their due diligence before passing this marijuana law, but they have also failed to heed the compelling research that indicates how regular use of marijuana affects young people, including an increased risk of psychiatric illnesses and loss of IQ points.

Parents, grandparents, teachers, and religious leaders would do well to counter Stratton’s irresponsible example by returning to the sensible message, "just say no to drugs."

David E. Smith, Executive Director
Illinois Family Institute

Monday, December 30, 2019

Media and Democrats are using an old playbook

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

Everything Jesus said and did was twisted by the religious elite of his day to bring charges against him. Charges that amounted to nothing, but they pushed the charges until he was brought to trial where he was found guilty of nothing.

The mean, wicked, sadly religious people who hated Jesus were willing to say and twist anything to eliminate him and so they did - they thought. When they were given the option to say what they wanted to happen to Jesus they yelled crucify him and they did by beating and whipping Jesus like no human being had ever been beaten. He was then nailed to a cross where they watched him die horrifically.

Never has any man been hated so much and treated so inhumanly as Jesus.

It all began with the hatred that the religious leaders had for Jesus. Next, came the accusations by the mob, twisting his words, totally misinterpreting what he said and making mountains out of molehills. They killed Jesus but he came back to life like never before. He defeated the grave, giving the world the good news that we celebrate and live by every day.

For hundreds of years religious groups in the Middle East have fought with each other and given religion a bad name. I don't think it's flattering to be accused of being religious since the meanest people in the world are religious.

Just read and watch the television to see who is doing all the fighting in the Middle East and usually done in the name of religion. Some of these people are barbaric in how they have treated prisoners and villages they have annihilated.

The epitome of evil was on full display during the arrest, trail and crucifixion of Jesus with the religious people leading the way.

President Trump is not Jesus nor am I comparing him personally to the divinity of Jesus.

No human can be compared to Jesus. However, the media and Democrats are using the same playbook used by first century thugs against Jesus.

The "trumped" up charges by the Democrats, the pure hate that Democrats spew at him and the way that everything that Trump says or anything he does is spun by NBC.

CNN and House Democrats like he in some way has committed blasphemy, is kind of like how Jesus was accused, tried and crucified. I don't see that Trump is going to be crucified but Democrats want him found guilty and removed from office for certain. We will stay tuned to future jargon and jockeying by the House, Senate and of course the President.

Anyhow, may we all have a peaceful and happy New Year.

Hopefully we can all survive and overcome what they do to us in Washington.

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Nine Unity seniors receive Illinois State Scholar recognition

Nine Unity High School seniors were named to this year's State Scholar Program by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).

ISAC recognizes students across the state that maintain an outstanding level of academic performance during high school. In order to be considered, they must be ranked in the top one-half of their class by the end of their third semester prior to graduation. Finally, the student's ACT or SAT score must reach be in the 95th percentile or higher. Only students attending approved Illinois public high schools are considered for this honorary recognition and it is awarded upon successful graduation the accredited school.

This year's recipients are: Kylie Decker, Connor Eastin, Karson Ewerks, Tyler Gadbury, Ella Godsell, Allyson Kennedy, Rachael King, Riley Millsap and Jakub Skupien.

Created by state lawmakers in 1957, the Deerfield, Illinois, based commission's main goal is to make post-secondary education accessible and affordable for resident high school students in Illinois through grants, scholarships and available loan programs.

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