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Dan Muraira and Eric Wilford often have their Kona Ice Trucks compared to ice cream trucks, but there's one big difference. "We don't go anywhere unless we're invited," said Wilford, who's Muraira's uncle. "We aren't an ice cream truck where we just...
Recently, a letter to the editor was printed in the Independent that made statements about the Huntington Beach City School District and the LeBard project plan ("District not being responsible with funds," Mailbag, Oct. 18). Unfortunately, many of the...
For about 12 years now, Louann and I have been writing columns for these pages. We regret that this is our last. Presumably, the Independent will be going in a new direction. Unfortunately, the folks there have decided that we — and many other...
Everyone has questions they hate to be asked. High on my list is, "Are you religious?" I dread it especially if I sense that a "no" answer will prompt a barrage of other questions, some of them rhetorical. Usually, in those circumstances, I say something...
Is Drew Kovacs a wannabe Tim Geddes? His letter ("Tim Geddes for City Council?" Mailbag, Sept. 6) would suggest that his envious carping might conceal some personal agenda of his own. I personally don't have one, but if sticking up for the community or...
Tags: Memorial Day, Auction Service, Islam, Labor Day, Periodicals
Almost always, I read Mona Shadia's columns with bemusement and incredulity. Her mixture of Islamic religious advocacy and sheer naïveté is mostly harmless drivel, like the rest of what is printed in the Independent. Yet what she writes and how she...
Tags: Belief and Faith, Family, Religious Texts, Islam, Qur'an
There's been a storm of controversy in the Arab and Muslim community over a recent Foreign Policy magazine article. The essay, "Why Do They Hate Us?", outlines the atrocities many Arab women suffer at the hands of men. In short, the writer posits that...
Tags: Crime, Law and Justice, Feminism, Politics, Family, Islam
I recently went on a seven-day mission trip with Global Aid Network to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, where I was a co-leader of 43 high school students from Dallas. While in the Dominican Republic, my team got the opportunity to share the gospel...
Chicago Tribune reporterWhen the president of All Hallows College in Ireland saw the regal man on the framed canvas, he knew the portrait buried in a Dublin basement should head home to Chicago. The painting of Patrick Feehan, Chicago's first Roman Catholic archbishop,...
Tribune reporterChicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, an often controversial leader who took on Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a strike last fall and has been leading the fight against the district’s plan to close schools, was reelected to a second three-year term...
If we were to travel west out of Jerusalem we would soon find ourselves going down out of the Judean hills. Reaching the bottomlands we would be in the Jordan Valley. The air would be very hot and sticky. The ground would be baked, dry to the point of...
Making the case to close Ericson Academy on the West Side, Chicago Public Schools officials stressed that it would cost $9.6 million to fix the 51-year-old building. What they didn't point out in materials provided to parents was that they planned to...
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