Category: Op-Ed

OPINION: Stop Being Afraid of Our Kids and Start Teaching Them

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 || By Dr. Rhonda Sherrod || OPINION || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Kerry James Marshall. “Garden Party”. 2003. 

I enjoyed Michael Romain’s poignant, beautifully written opinion piece published in the Oct. 4 edition of Village Free Press, entitled “In praise of my aunt, the matriarch, on her 91st birthday.”

I got caught up on this part in particular: “There are fewer opportunities for elders to chastise, fewer teaching moments, fewer exchanges in the backyard.”

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In Praise of My Aunt, the Matriarch, Upon Her 91st Birthday

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 || By Michael Romain || OPINION || @maywoodnews 

Feature image: Janet Linyard Howell, during her younger years. | Jeffrey P. Howell/Facebook

My great-aunt, Janet Linyard Howell, turned 91 last month, which, if I’m not mistaken, makes her the oldest living Linyard any of us Linyards know — one of the last matriarchs in a family full of them.

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Evidence of Our Progress

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 || By Isiah Brandon || OPINION || @maywoodnews 

Isiah BrandonAs we prepare to step into the fall season let’s reflect on some of the progress that has happened throughout the village. It is important that we come together as a village to celebrate every sign of success that is taking place within our community.

Community Outreach

I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with residents across the village at the many block club parties that have taken place among residents. I thank you for sharing your concerns and ideas on how we can work together to create a strong and resilient community.

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A Tale of Two Properties: How Maywood’s High Taxes Block Business

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 || By Wayne Beals || OPINION || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: A building at 6800 Roosevelt Road in Oak Park, left, and a similar property at 904 South 5th Avenue in Maywood. | Google Earth 

So there was a big community meeting regarding a very reputable nonprofit developer’s proposal to build a brand new 64-unit, 5-story, mixed-use property on 5th Avenue that would feature first-floor commercial space.

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It May Be 2017, But Our Problem is Still the Color Line

Friday, September 8, 2017 || By Rev. Dr. Regi Ratliff || OPINION || @maywoodnews 

Featured Image: Protesters at during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. carrying Confederate flags, Gadsden flags, and a Nazi flag. | Antony Crider/Wikipedia

ratliffIn his 1903 book, “The Souls of Black Folk,” noted author W.E.B Du Bois (pictured below) opined that “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.” If we’re to mend this society’s brokenness, we must deal with this concept of the color line and the pivotal role Du Bois assigned it in African and human history.

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This Labor Day, Think About the Pullman Porter

Monday, September 4, 2017 || By Michael Romain || OPINION||  @maywoodnews

Feature image: A Pullman porter | Library of Congress/Public Domain

“The most influential black man in America for the hundred years following the Civil War was a figure no one knew,” writes author Larry Tye in his eye-opening 2004 book, “Rising from the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class.”

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How HUD’s Dismantling is Playing Out in Maywood

Saturday, August 26, 2017 || By Michael Romain || OPINION || @maywoodnews

Feature photo: HUD Secretary Ben Carson | Wikipedia 

Earlier this month, Tiffany Robinson, the executive director of the Maywood Housing Authority, urged the Maywood Board of Trustees to draft a letter of support that would be sent to the head of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Chicago regional office.

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