An Open Letter to District of Columbia Authorities

In allowing coup supporters to lay siege to the Venezuelan embassy, D.C. Police are violating the First Amendment and District of Columbia law

At this writing, a rightwing mob of supporters of Juan Guaido, (the self-described, U.S.-named “interim president” of Venezuela, who has no legitimate, lawful claim to that office) has been blocking access to the Venezuelan embassy, located at 1099 30th St., NW, in Washington, D.C., since April 30th. This mob has been actively supported by the Metropolitan District of Columbia Police and the U.S. Secret Service (SS). Together, the police, SS and the Guaido mob have physically barred supporters from entering the embassy in order to deliver food, water and other essentials to the U.S. …

(Radio satire, broadcast Feb. 25, 2019)

On one of my radio shows, “The Call of the Wild,” with my alter ego the Big Bad Wolf (as if I needed another ego!), which you can hear on WDBX-FM every Monday, 6 to 8 p.m. Central Time, I generally open each show with a bit of satire or humor-injected commentary, before playing wild, wild music of all genres. …

This review is primarily for my friends who reside in or near Southern Illinois, although far be it from me to discourage anyone from traveling a great distance to see a Stage Company production!

When I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change first had its hugely successful Off-Broadway run in the late 1990s and early 2000s at New York’s Westside Theatre, I recall one prominent review that described it as “like Seinfeld set to music,” or words to that effect. After watching the Stage Company’s absolutely delightful production at the Varsity Center in Carbondale, I would have to say that it warrants that description. …


Rich Whitney

Rich Whitney is an attorney, disk jockey, environmental and peace activist, and co-chair of the Illinois Green Party, residing in Carbondale, Illinois.