Sunday, September 21, 2014

“Mr. P could use 20 more ukuleles for his students”

from Fred Klonsky:

“About a year ago my friend, attorney and musician Matt Farmer wrote a piece for Huffington Post about Darwin Elementary School’s music teacher, Joe Panganiban. He is known as Mr. P. Darwin in my neighborhood school, three blocks away. One of my daughters, now grown up with kids of her own, went to Darwin.

“Although Logan Square is a quickly gentrifying neighborhood, Darwin’s student population is 95% low-income. Mr. P could use 20 more ukuleles for his students. He has posted on Donor’s Choose. You can go there and donate any amount you wish.

“This is the part where I should talk about the value of the arts and the lack of access in many Chicago’s schools. I’m skipping that part. You may know that I volunteer each year, teaching the uke to kids at a school in Little Village.

“I love the uke! I don’t know Mr. P personally. But I know the uke, and I know kids love learning and playing music with it.

“I am making a contribution to Donor’s Choose to help Mr. P buy a set of ukes for his students at Darwin. These are real instruments. Not toys. They cost from $100 to about $190. A classroom set runs about four grand.

“As of this morning Mr. P has about [$1700] to go. Maybe you can help. Oh, here is another article about Darwin’s music program that was in DNAinfo.

from Fred Klonsky’s Blog

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A True Opt-Out: Evaluating Health Effects in Smart Meters by Jean-Marie Kauth

“Smart Meters are coming to my town, as they may be to yours.  Smart Meters, which send WiFi signals back to mission control, will likely become more popular in future years since they save utility companies money and enable people to optimize energy savings if they so desire.

“But there has been controversy over the non-ionizing RF-EMF radiation they give off. After investigating these claims, I have found that some concern is warranted. I have recommended to my Environmental Advisory Commission proceeding with the program but maintaining a true opt-out for citizens who continue to be worried after reading informational literature.

“It is not unreasonable to charge some modest amount for the additional work required to check meters, perhaps $25/ month.[1] But at no time should citizens be arrested in their own homes, as they have been in Naperville, IL, for refusing to have meters installed. We find that this is too great a violation of civil rights, particularly when the homeowners have done nothing wrong beyond working to protect their families from risks of cancer or other ailments…”

For the complete article, please Click Here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Today Is Constitution Day

“On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created...”

Let’s celebrate by carefully examining one particular law found in both the U.S and State Constitutions:

“No State shall…pass any…ex post facto law or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts…” (The Constitution of the United States, Article 1—Limitations on Powers of States, Section 10).”

“No ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts…shall be passed” (The Constitution of the State of Illinois, Article I—Bill of Rights, Section 16).” 

Breaking a constitutional contract with public employees in Illinois impairs “the Obligation of Contracts.” To refresh your memory, please Click Here.

Send this message to your legislators. Thanks.