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Nothing wrong with a per-diem system Referencing the Beacon article “Two Points of View on Kendall County Board pay issues.” The statement by board member Gryder that the per-diem system is broken and antiquated is not factual or true. The per-diem system is a sound …

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Why Illinois’ college students need increase in minimum wage “The Freshman 15” is an expression commonly used that refers to the weight often gained during a student’s first year at college. However, for some of Illinois’ college students, this euphemism could not be further from …

Letters to the Editor

Medical marijuana can bring in revenue If you look at Kane County’s five-year financial plan at www.countyofkane.org one thing is certain. The county is banking on state sales tax and income tax going up 2 percent every year. Even with this positive outlook on our …

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Sebelius a hero  for leading charge  for health care reform My favorite hero growing up was the soldier who led the charge against the machine gun nest. This patriot of patriots was invariably mortally or grievously wounded. He knew his fate before taking the first …

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Obama administration  has had plenty of blunders This is in response to Tom Minnerick’s recent letter in which he attempts to provide excuses for President Obama’s failed policies of the last five years. First he excoriated the “conservative” Roberts court for their recent ruling on …

Jim Rhodes: Pay attention to warning signs of stroke

According to the Centers of Disease Control, strokes kill almost 130,000 Americans each year. On average, one American dies from stroke every 4 minutes, and every year more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or …

Letter to the Editor

Unlimited contributions will mean more sway for the well-funded Reading the Nation/World section, I see that the conservative members of the Supreme Court have now removed the restrictions on the wealthy giving to their favorite candidates. An example of unlimited spending: A few weeks ago, …

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Full-fledged Exelon bailout would be radioactive Over the last decade, Exelon has reaped more than $21 billion in profits, running a fleet of nuclear power plants that benefited from high electricity prices. But wholesale power prices have fallen, thanks to a surge in natural gas …

Berliner: Six ways to keep engine running smoothly

I am heavily into servant leadership, convinced that it is by far the best style of leadership. Proponents somewhat differ on what characteristics and behaviors make for successful servant leaders, but they all agree that the function should focus on the word “serve.” Serve is …

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Support keeping school bus service at same levels The Illinois General Assembly is considering legislation that will put thousands of school children at risk, increase traffic congestion and harm the environment. House Bill 5967 would radically alter the formula that guarantees yellow bus service for …

Ziman: Our differences make us stronger

Dee Hock, the founder and former CEO of the Visa credit card association said: “Never hire or promote in your own image. It is foolish to replace your strength. It is idiotic to replicate your weakness.” I thought about how logical this seems, and yet …

Letter to the Editor

Providing real bargain in Kane government Thank you for the privilege of serving you and 515,000 other constituents in Kane County. We are trying to make it clear through the traditional press that any raises given any employees, including nine managers of 1,250 county employees, …

Minority groups wary of this reform

An effort to take legislative redistricting out of the hands of Illinois lawmakers is gaining steam but has failed so far to attract the support of two key organizations with a history of protecting minority voting rights. Neither the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational …

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Time for a change Enough is enough. It comes as no surprise that Gov. Quinn and his band of thieves in Springfield now want to make permanent the “temporary” income tax hike passed in 2011 that was supposed to solve all of the state’s financial …

An overdue rejection of a really bad state law