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Schuler’s decision makes perfect sense

I wonder if there is a psychiatric classification for the fear of musical chairs? As a child, I wasn’t fond of playing musical chairs, perhaps believing it to be overly aggressive. However, my fear of musical chairs does not compare to the paralyzing acrophobia, fear …

Bar Association show a winner in court of public opinion

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It is great to witness people doing something perceived as being out of their element. Going beyond our comfort zone exposes us to new experiences and people. Not only that, it can be great fun. Before continuing, I want to thank Kane County Bar Association …

Charter school debate is a passionate one

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No, it wasn’t her finest moment, and State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia knows it. Yet, who among us can look back and not recall something that we’ve said or done, and in my case there is a list, that we’d like to take back? This …

Undocumented students in Aurora emerge from ‘out of the shadows’

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On Tuesday, undocumented students gathered at the Waubonsee Community College Aurora Downtown Campus. In what was billed as Aurora’s very first, “Coming Out of the Shadows,” the students shared their personal stories of life as an undocumented person striving for lawful permanent residency. The students …

Final pitch not a winner for informercial star

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You have to admit that there was a bit of irony in the sentencing of television pitchman Kevin Trudeau. It was akin to a major snake oil spill when U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman sentenced the cure-all infomercial king. Trudeau, known for his impeccably tailored …

New East superintendent offers a new beginning

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It is too late in the game to think about what possessed executing the generous contract of the outgoing East Aurora School District superintendent. Many believe that, in the final analysis, it equates to a slap in the face for students, teachers, parents and taxpayers. …

Fox Valley Orchestra a true local musical gem

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I attended the March 8 performance of the Fox Valley Orchestra’s “Second to None” performance at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles. The Fox Valley Orchestra is another gem in our midst that we should enjoy and support through our attendance and generosity. …

Standing up for openness in government

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It is a name that has the ring of someone unwavering in his or her commitment and beliefs. I am talking about Annabel Melongo a woman whose long battle, and recent legal victory, in the Illinois Supreme Court, is one that affects every Illinoisan that …

Let’s take race out  of heroin debate

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The tragic death of remarkable character actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has reignited unease about the increased use of heroin and other drugs. The spotlight is not only on Hollywood and the celebrities who are addicted, but also urban, suburban and rural Americans also ravaged by …

Time to help the long-term unemployed

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March 9 is National Panic Day, followed by Employee Appreciation Day on March 10. Given the rate of unemployment and shortage of jobs that pay a living wage, and that offer benefits, thought should be given to consolidating the two. With people giving up on …

‘Her’ film presents grim future

I went to see “Her.” No, I am not talking about a tarot card reader, but one of the nine films nominated for best picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “Her” wasn’t among the top five films that I wanted to …

Shirley Temple’s legacy will live on

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People of a certain age will not soon forget the iconic film footage of a young Shirley Temple and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, dancing on the staircase in the 1935 film “The Little Colonel.” If you’ve not seen it, I urge you to go to YouTube …

An extra special reason to celebrate Black History Month

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I’ve already said that the 2014 Black History Month would be like none that I’ve experienced. As if to prove it, I recently learned that the Aurora African-American Heritage Advisory Board (AAHAB) will honor me with its 2014 Outstanding African-American Award. Needless to say that …

Book it: Openness, inclusion need to be embraced

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Recently, when the Catholic Church decided to reveal the details of despicable acts of abuse by priests, history was made on the local and world stage. In news that sent shockwaves around the world, the Vatican released alarming information revealing that as pope, Benedict XVI …

New Jersey controversy brings up larger issues

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A couple of weeks ago we got a glimpse of something very rare. I am of course referring to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s two-hour long mea culpa. Christie’s marathon act of contrition was widely broadcast by network and cable organizations. Frankly, a half-hour of …

Football bullying case not an unusual one

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Talk about a spot-on name for an accused bullying coward, well, “Incognito” nails it. As the story continues to unfold, some people appear stunned by the revelation and the widening evidence of despicable behavior inside the NFL. However, many are not surprised by reports of …