By Ray Hanania
Mike in Clearing
Dear Mike in Clearing,
First of all, why are you listening to WGN? And Paul Lisnek, too? The guy is a B-Player in journalism, never amounted to much other than hosting a no-issue show on Comcast Cable from Springfield, where he rubbed baby oil on his guests. Lisnek is a no-talent loser, but Betty is even worse, a convicted felon and pathological liar. Eight years in the Hoosegow wasn’t long enough for stealing $12 million. She should have gotten more. More troubling is who does her makeup. She looks like a clown.
Dear Mr. Hanania,
I used to listen to Jake Hartford (Jim Edwards) every Saturday. You’re right. He was a great radio host.
Ellen in Oak Lawn
Dear Ellen in Oak Lawn,
I knew Jim for a long time, when he was working for WBBM TV and Walter Jacobson was just learning how to hop up and down in his TV chair to get his face in range of the TV camera. He had a great sense of humor. He never lied and said I tried to blow up his building.
Dear Mr. Hanania,
I know you write a lot about the Middle East. Is that ever going to happen or will Americans be stuck paying all the bills?
Jill in Burbank
Dear Jill in Burbank,
We can’t have peace in the Middle East until we break the hold that the extremists have over people. So far, the extremists are more active, more committed and scream louder. The moderates, on both sides, are tired and have poor leaders. Maybe President Obama, in his last term, will force Israel and the Palestinians to end their conflict.
Dear Mr. Hanania,
Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. Do you support that legislation?
QS in Oak Lawn
Dear QS in Oak Lawn,
Yes, I think the legislation will achieve its main goal to significantly reduce the number of people driving on the street without insurance. People don’t need a driver’s license to drive a car, just a watchful eye to avoid the police. It’s when they crash in to you that you have the problem. They have no insurance. This bill will allow them to get a driver’s license as long as they have insurance and I think that’s a good thing. But then, I am the son of an immigrant who came here in the 1920s from Palestine. I wonder if this country would have let my dad into the country today? He and his brother went on to serve honorably and with courage in World War II, and I served during the Vietnam War.
Dear Mr. Hanania,
What did you think of the inauguration?
Fadi in Chicago
Dear Fadi in Chicago,
I think Obama may finally toughen up this final term in office. I love Michelle Obama. She’s a great First Lady. But, I’m upset that Beyonce lip-synced the National Anthem. I think that’s disgraceful. Why not just play the National Anthem instead of have a singer fake it? I’d rather have seen kids from one of our local schools sing the national anthem. Live and better!
(Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist. Reach him at http://www.TheMediaOasis.com.) — City & Suburban News-Herald
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"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."
Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
The managing editor of Suburban Chicagoland Online News website www.SuburbanChicagoland.com, Hanania's columns also appear in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of 8 newspapers.
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