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Judy Masterson: Readers see red over parking

Settle down all you bookworms or as visitors to libraries are now called — “learners and gatherers.”

Judy Masterson: Wisconsin senators are welcome here

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It may be time to clean out my junk room and haul in the futon. I mean, how long can legislators from Wisconsin and Indiana who have gone underground in Illinois while trying to find a solution to blatant gubernatorial attempts at union busting, afford to stay in some out-of-the-way Slumberland motels?

Judy Masterson: Don’t be silent about gun reform

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State Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, is reporting little expressed interest in gun control in the 60th district, where come this spring, gun violence will burst forth just as surely as buds on tree branches.

Judy Masterson: They did not die in vain

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One of the best speeches I’ve ever read was delivered 100 years ago by labor activist Rose Schneiderman, in the wake of the infamous Triangle Waist Co. fire in New York City.

Judy Masterson: Feeling smug about breast-feeding

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I love it when I catch something about breast-feeding in the news. The reports are generally glowing — Increases immunity! Boosts IQ! Cuts likelihood of obesity!

Judy Masterson: Better background checks needed for gun ownership

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I had all but forgotten about the Valentine’s Day shooting rampage at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Three years to the day that five people were shot to death and 18 wounded in a murder/suicide,

Judy Masterson: Personal stories benefit teller, listener

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End-of-life caregivers have long known that personal storytelling is a powerful exercise. It can help put a life in perspective, encourage forgiveness, calm fears and bring emotional healing.

Judy Masterson: Budget cuts too costly for needy families

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It’s no surprise that the working poor are once again being asked to stretch out their necks on the budget chopping block.

Judy Masterson: Black History Month reflection, education

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It’s been more than four decades since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream, that all people, particularly people of color, would one day be judged by who they are, not what they are — race, religion, immigration status — remains largely unfulfilled.

Judy Masterson: Can’t take the Catholic school out of the kid

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You can take the kid out of a Catholic school, but you can’t take the Catholic school out of the kid. Catholic Schools Week usually registers the weakest blip on my radar. I sent just two of my kids to Catholic school for a single year. How I managed to pay the tuition, only the saints in heaven can account.

Judy Masterson: Have a heart, let the kids come

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Come on, Larry. Have a heart. Larry TenPas is my 6th Ward alderman, and he and others on the Waukegan City Council are threatening to kick to the curb a proposal to use a foreclosed property at 222 S. Park Ave. as a foster-care home.

Judy Masterson: Make military service madatory

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I’ve been leaning toward the idea of mandatory military service.