Well, it happened again … sneakily … and it forced me to change calendars.

Like it or not, a new year is upon us. Many are happy 2017 is in the books. There were some pretty alarming events of this year just passed.

I was surely alarmed by many things, but I’ve learned never to say anything like “things can’t get any worse, can they” because…they certainly can.

One of those disturbing things was, depending on your political outlook, the beginning of the Donald Trump administration.

I’m afraid I’m one of those polarized by the President.

I am way too often reminded by him of petulant, loud, not well-spoken, fact-challenged, narcissistic junior high boys (actually it was more girls who were like that) whom I came across on the job (junior high teaching for 41 years). Most kids I taught were not like that, and most that were, grew out of it. Not our President so much. Sad.

But it’s a new year and things will change. There are surely signs of a new political awareness, and that folks will not accept things as they are (example: #metoo).

Hopefully it will be a good year in Calumet City. Time will tell. There are no elections so council members and the administration can work together to make our town a friendly and safe place to live, work and recreate.

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It’s hard to change images and impressions, but Cal City’s new logo and the new signage at several entry points to the city help.

The old smiley faced tower icon is still in evidence, but it has a kind of quirky, smirky, hip feel to it. Many folks I’ve heard from like it.


Congrats to TF North basketball coach Tim Bankston and the TF Booster Club for organizing the 8th Bob Hambric Shootout at the high school last weekend. It is a fundraiser for the fight against cancer. Twenty-two of some of the better basketball teams around are involved.

And way to go North. Although most starters from last year’s successful boys team graduated, the small but, as coach calls them, "scrappy" Meteors, are 6-1 for the season.

As part owner (I have the property tax bill to prove my financial investment), I’m a happy fan.

St. Victor Trivia Nite Out is Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the church hall (553 Hirsch). A fundraiser for the parish, it’s always been a good time. You can contact me for details.

Thanks for reading.