Publications

October 12, 2017

The Decline of the Human Race (I’m Responsible)

We are in the stage of political campaigns when candidates seeking to run for office in Illinois must gather signatures on petitions to qualify for a place on the ballot. I am one such candidate and this morning, as I was out asking for signatures to get on the ballot, I learned that I am responsible for the decline of the human race. (Who knew?)
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August 25, 2017

Reflections on World Water Week

This week, try to take stock of your water use, examine your water footprint, your personal watermark, celebrate water, play in water, be thankful for water, and use less.
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August 7, 2017

Tours of McCook Reservoir

The MWRD plans to offer tours of the first phase of the McCook Reservoir, the last of three reservoirs to be constructed to protect area waterways from pollution and mitigate flooding, on a number of Sundays in August, September and October.
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May 11, 2017

Mother Nature, Mother Earth: I Love You. I Thank You.

What follows is a brief essay I shared with the board of directors of my synagogue, Congregation Sukkat Shalom in Wilmette, on the occasion of my last meeting as Board President.
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November 18, 2016

My Toast to the Toilet

You knew it was coming, didn’t you? World Toilet Day on Saturday, November 19? Designated by the United Nations to draw attention to the fact that 2.5 billion people lack access to the most basic sanitation. Every year 315,000 children die of diarrhea caused by poor sanitation and unsafe water and millions of people suffer illnesses, some of them fatal, which could have been prevented entirely with proper access to a toilet.
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September 5, 2016

Investing in Water Powers the Economy

Chicago is the birthplace of America’s labor movement. Yet, across the nation — and more recently at home in Illinois — we’ve seen policies seep into the mainstream that undercut unions and redirect the flow of wealth from hard-working middle class families to those at the very top.
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