OBSERVATIONS simply include a mixed collection of sidebars, notes and other miscellany that may or may not be of interest.  


For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedoms of others.  

Nelson Mandela 



Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in our bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. 

Ronald Reagan

Here’s a possible suggestion (see disclaimer) that the Indian Prairie School District 204 could make to the  American universities that practice Selective Diversity. 

Hire Dr. Tyrone Howard

The Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) of Indian Prairie School District (204) in Chicago’s western suburbs had a zoom session with Dr. Tyrone Howard on March 2, 2021.  Dr. Howard’s presentation was entitled How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism.

Towards the end of Dr. Howard’s presentation he offers Tip#7 on how to engage in the conversation.

As educators, we are not to tell our students what to think, it is to give them the skills how to engage in discussion to gather information and come to their own conclusion.”

Disclaimer:  If “… to give them the skills …” includes how to engage in a free, honest and respectful exchange of diverse viewpoints, this sounds like a good presentation for universities where viewpoint diversity is currently not in common practice.  


SKEPTICS ALERT – Yes, there ARE some otherwise well rounded people blind to the fact that there are too many of our universities in Need for Viewpoint Diversity on Campus.   WOW! 

Here’s a quote from an interesting article that appeared in The Atlantic, Sept 25, 2021, written by Sally Satel.  The Experts Somehow Overlooked the Authoritarians on the Left.  

“Universities have long tilted to the left, but that tendency has deepened as education has become ever more highly correlated with political ideology. Whatever its origin, this political imbalance makes truth-seeking harder. Studies have repeatedly shown that investigators’ sociopolitical views influence the questions they ask.”  theatlantic.com


Visit Wheaton/Warrenville District 200 (western suburb of Chicago) web site under the Facilities & Engagement Department (cusd200.org) to learn about the equity training planned or taking place in the District.   It includes activities of the District 200 Equity Task Force in partnership with Dr. Marcus Croom, and Implicit Bias and Equity Training in partnership with Dr. Tyrone Howard.  




   Regarding The Woodson Center and The 1619 Project …

Essayists at the Woodson Center suggest we should celebrate what Black Americans have done for themselves, instead of (The 1619 Project preference) commemorating the torment done to them.

The Justice Section in the book The 1619 Project states,”Though we are seldom taught this fact, time after time throughout our history, the most ardent, courageous, and consistent freedom fighters within this country have been Black Americans.”     – – – – – – –    It seems The 1619 Project notes Black Americans as authorities on the concept of personal freedom and self-rule.   If that is so, why not acknowledge, accept and embrace that spirit along with the same foundational spirit of 1776 America, as our continuing ideal for the future?  Read what the Woodson Center and their 1776 Unites essayists have to say on the matter (1776unites.com).   It seems 1776 Unites asks why  the 1619 Project prefers to focus on the plague of slavery instead of what Black Americans so heroically fought for, what thy won, and what they hold dear and cherish.   Personal Freedom.  Why embrace the horrific tragedy of slavery that 1619 reflects?    Celebrating personal freedom and self-rule are exactly what the year 1776 represents.    



Retired Riverside, Illinois Police Chief Tom Weitzel is the former police chief of Riverside, a suburban village in Cook County located about 12 miles from Chicago.   He sounded the alarm that residents and law enforcement will be left more vulnerable to crime due to the new Cash Bail law that is to take effect on September 18, 2023.   He argued activists and politicians supporting the measure “overdramatized” the reasoning for it. 

“They came up with this theory that … the court system, especially in Cook County, was unfair,” retired Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel told Fox News Digital in a phone interview following the state Supreme Court’s ruling. “There were several different tiers of justice and if you were Black or Hispanic … that somehow you were receiving a different level of justice, especially when it came to the bond court. 

The elimination of cash bail, which is part of the 2021 criminal justice reform bill, the Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today (SAFE-T) Act, was set to take effect in Illinois on Jan. 1, but was met with fierce legal pushback from dozens of sheriffs and prosecutors in the state who said the law was unconstitutional, diminished public safety and put law enforcement at risk. A Kankakee County judge ruled in December that the law was unconstitutional, but that ruling was overturned by the state Supreme Court last week. 

“Misdemeanor case defendants were never held in custody. That’s a complete lie. Some of the low level felonies in Illinois, the class four felonies, drug possession … they were rarely held in custody. Most of them are put on electronic monitoring or very low bond,” Weitzel said.

He added that in Cook County jail on a given day, most of the suspects behind bars are being held on violent crimes such as carjackings, armed robberies, sexual assaults and homicides. “The city of Chicago probably gets enough personnel to comply with whatever the courts put in. But you’re going see a lot of dissatisfaction in the job, and you’re going to see police officers say, ‘why even bother,’” Weitzel said.

The majority of Illinois residents live in Cook County, which is home to roughly 5 million people and encompasses the city of Chicago. It is where such policies originated, according to Weitzel. Now, rural and more suburban areas will have to follow the rules of Cook County policies, he said. Once the law takes effect, “chaos” will likely break out, especially with suburban departments.  

“There are some good things – the police keep body cameras are good, and no police chief has argued about that. There’s some good training legislation in there … The only thing that’s bad and this is this bond provision,” he said.

Once the law takes effect, “chaos” will likely break out, especially with suburban departments, he said.

sources:  Aug 1, 2023 – https://original.newsbreak.com/@natalie-frank-ph-d-561113/3108587118327-illinois-ending-cash-bail-backdoor-defund-movement-sparks-fear-of-police-exodus;  https://chicago.suntimes.com/2022/9/29/23373585/safe-t-act-police-chief-bail-reform-electronic-monitoring-illinois-tom-weitzel-op-ed; (above) https://www.foxnews.com/us/illinois-cash-bail-elimination-built-overdramatization-perpetuatedcity-leaders-former-police-chief – July 25, 2023;




Top desired destination for migrants is the United States.   The US exceeds the number 2 destination (Germany) by a factor of 4.

sources: Migration Policy Institute (migrationpolicy.org) and the World Economic Forum (weforum.org)


Immigrant Waiting List for entry to U.S. by country – 2021
Mexico 1,224,062
Philippines 318,481
India 309,758
China mainland born 247,389
Vietnam 217,985
Dominican Republic 212,757
Bangladesh 178,976
Pakistan 121,716
Haiti 104,368
Cuba 78,228
All Others 964,767
                                                      Worldwide Total 3,978,487                                                            source:  https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Statistics/Immigrant-Statistics/WaitingList/WaitingListItem_2020_vF.pdf