Monthly Archives: October 2006

Third Annual Unity March: This Is What Unity Looks Like!

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, October 7, 2006, a crowd of nearly 200 participants joined in the Third Annual Unity March. This year, we took the Unity March to the community. We went into the Garden Hills neighborhood, ground zero … Continue reading

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Bob’s Response to John Forman’s Editorial in the News-Gazette

October 7, 2006 Letter to the News Gazette I would like to request a correction to the Editorial N-G Publisher John Foreman wrote Sunday September 17, 2006. In his lengthy editorial Mr. Foreman was critical of the “usual suspects.” Mr. … Continue reading

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Driving While Muslim

I was returning a U-haul truck as my wife and daughter followed behind. I pulled into a gas station and began to fill the truck. My wife pulled in behind me, stopped, and waited for me to finish. My wife … Continue reading

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Impeachment by Jefferson’s Rules

Citizens of the State of Illinois are leading the way in the movement to impeach the President of the United States. The confluence of state and local movements will occur in Urbana-Champaign in mid-October when State Representative Karen Yarbrough (DMaywood) … Continue reading

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Some Pros and Cons of Making Decisions by Referenda

INTRODUCTION AND A DEFINITIONAL POINT Direct democracy has a natural appeal that transcends ideological schisms: both the left and the right frequently complain that institutional features of democracy thwart the will of the people, badly distorting public opinion in its … Continue reading

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Fair Elections? Impossible Under Winner Take All Rules

What we ultimately must confront is our exclusive reliance on winner-take-all elections. Winner-take-all elections, whether in single-member districts or for at-large positions, require winning candidates to attract a majority or substantial plurality of the vote. By definition, candidates representing political … Continue reading

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