Fatherless households are the root cause of Chicago’s violence

By John Ruberry Last weekend was particularly violent in Chicago, 52 people were shot--ten fatally. So far this weekend 30 people have been shot--with a rash of 22 people were wounded during the weekend's first 12 hours. Why? Blame usually goes to "guns from Indiana," poverty, lack of economic opportunity, and police hamstrung by the … Continue reading Fatherless households are the root cause of Chicago’s violence

Detroit 1967: Riot or rebellion?

By John Ruberry Last week the 50th anniversary of the five-day long Detroit Riot passed. Or uprising or rebellion, depending on who you speak with. I'm going with the first one, riot. It started after midnight on July 23, 1967 in the city's Virginia Park neighborhood when an illegal bar, known locally as a "blind … Continue reading Detroit 1967: Riot or rebellion?

World War I: Nineteen months that dramatically changed America

By John Ruberry This week marks the centennial of the United States' entry into World War I, then known as the Great War. Much of Europe had been engaged in widespread slaughter since 1914 when Congress, at the request of President Woodrow Wilson, voted to declare war on Germany on April 6, 1917. After the … Continue reading World War I: Nineteen months that dramatically changed America