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Updated: September 13, 2012 6:10AM

Articles on heroes
were an inspiration

Your Aug. 8 front page coverage and subsequent articles on two heroes, decades apart in age, restores my faith in the goodness still alive in this shattered world.

Matt Hanley’s story about Dr. Donald Liu and the gratitude Matt expressed for Dr. Liu’s live-saving surgery on his son was a worthy tribute to a doctor with extraordinary skill and bravery. The other hero featured was 7-year-old quick-witted Bradley Anderson of Batavia, who rescued a 2-year-old toddler from a backyard swimming pool. Linda Girardi’s photo of Bradley reveals a confident, modest young boy alert to the world around him. May he keep those fine qualities as he grows.

Thank you for highlighting the stories of these two heroes.

They are an inspiration.

Marilyn Huntman Giese


Proud of contestants
in Senior Spelling Bee

I became a fan of old-fashioned spelling bees many years ago while volunteering for the Little White School Museum, a restored two-room school in Oswego. I’m proud of the accomplishments of our “greatest generation” and constantly impressed with their skills. Nowhere do they shine more brightly than when out-thinking the rest of us — the spell-check generations.

This summer, I once again gathered folks for a 50th District Senior Spelling Bee. A different county hosts the event each year. Last year we were in Yorkville, and this year’s Bee served as the perfect prelude to the Sugar Grove Corn Boil.

Registrants from Montgomery, Sugar Grove, Batavia, Millbrook, Yorkville, Oswego and Big Rock went head-to-head on tough words.

Sugar Grove Library Director Carol Dolin stood ready with the biggest dictionary you’ve ever seen, and once again Jenkins Trophy donated the awards.

Norman Hernandez of Oswego won first, Jacqueline Heafer of Montgomery took second, and Dolores Jaskoviak of Sugar Grove captured third. There was more laughter than I’ve heard in ages, and the killer word was “eloquence.”

A huge thanks to the many folks who supported and participated in the event. If you’re 50 years of age or better, you might want to start practicing now. The Oswego Senior Center will host the event next year.

Kay Hatcher

Illinois State Representative

50th District


Irony of Chick-fil-A
and honor vets story

The story that Denise Crosby wrote about both Chick-fil-A and the honor flight veterans had an odd twist.

On one hand, she had a quote from a person watching us honor aging veterans of WWII, who fought a war against a tyrannical person who deprived people of basic human rights.

One person said, “Isn’t it great to be an American.”

And on the other hand, we have people honoring a food chain run by a man who wants to deny a certain group of people a basic right, the right to marry whomever they love. People who were standing in line say they are supporting one of the rights that the honor vets fought to support.

I don’t know, it’s just kind of ironic.

Ed Washak


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