Updated: December 2, 2012 7:00AM
School LGBT decision
I am saddened and ashamed to learn that a few folks in the town I call my home have made such an inglorious decision regarding LGBT youth, their protection and care. Though some may consider me irreligious I’ll lead with a Bible quote:
But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
In a community that was smart enough that West Aurora Senior High inducted my school and Scout mate pioneering AIDS journalist, activist and resident son Randy Shilts into their Hall of Honor (in part I’d suggest for saving what could be counted as millions of lives) such a small-minded gesture is beneath the dignity of the smart and caring citizens of Aurora.
To the young people affected by this mistake I say, so many of your friends are here for you. You can find us on the Internet. Don’t make any bad decisions just because things seem a bit darker today.
I will raise the name of my father, Leroy Earl Youtzy, who was a great pillar of the Aurora community. I won’t attribute an opinion to him on this matter but he taught me that we make ourselves bigger by trying to do well by doing good. He worked tirelessly for the Salvation Army, Wayside Cross Rescue Mission, Aurora College, ARC, Boy Scouts and so many more organizations.
My friends in Aurora, please do not let this stand. Support bringing non-discrimination language for our LGBT family members and friends into the city’s code so a school council can’t bend to bad information from an outside group that knows nothing of our home town.
Mark Robert Youtzy
Albuquerque, New Mexico
adhere to policies
Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora has a posted policy at the entrance to the cemetery that states arrangements may be displayed in reversible vases from April through October.
The vases mentioned are built into the grave markers where flowers are displayed along with various other items that have a special significance to the families of the departed. The policy states that “April through October” are the months that items may be displayed.
The word through indicates from the beginning until the end — or from April 1 through Oct. 31.
This year items were removed from all graves sites during the second week in October and were discarded.
Items of a personal nature along with all other decorations are now in fact gone. This is without a doubt devastating to some families. Lincoln Memorial Park needs to adhere to its posted polices. People are entitled to know that there displays are treated with respect and will be in place according to the posted policy.
Food pantry thanks
In September the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry honored four people at the 2012 Spirit Award luncheon. These individuals demonstrated outstanding commitment to the community in 4 categories:
Civic Leadership — Jesse Vazquez;
Volunteerism — Rose Marshall;
Community Service — Kathy Snow;
and Excellence in Education — Karen Evans.
The board of directors, staff and volunteers congratulate the spirit award recipients and thank all those who participated in our well attended and received 2012 luncheon.
We also thank our sponsors:
MARIE’S ANGELS — Quad County Urban League; The Menta Group; Kevin Fitzpatrick; Dolan & Murphy, Inc.; city of Aurora; Arch Printing; Prisco’s Finer Food; Aurora Beacon-News; Jewel-Osco-Eola; Steve Hansen Architect.
MARIE’S FRIENDS — Childress Duffy, Ltd; Sikich, LLP; Provena Mercy Medical Center; Painters District Council 30; U.S .Postal Carriers.
MARIE’S PARTNERS — Jim Oberweis; Citizens for Linda Holmes; Madonna H.S. Class of 1963 Friends; Eby-Brown; Jimmy Johns.
MARIE’S SUPPORTERS — Fox Valley Building Trades; Communities In Schools of Aurora; Tyson’s Taekwondo; True Form Production; The Voice; North Central Illinois Labor Council; Dr. Brian Tonner DDS; Bricklayers Union; Chatham Group; Hollywood Casino; Aldermen Scheketa Hart-Burns, Mike Seville, Juany Garza and Alderman at Large Robert O’Connor.
The 2012 Spirit Awards was highly successful, we appreciate all the support we received and look forward to continued support. Our service has increased by 73 percent in the past 12 months and this fund-raiser will help us in our efforts to keep up with this increased demand now and in the future. Special thanks to our MC Clayton Muhammad, community relations director at East Aurora School District 131.
Brian K. Dolan
Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry
Board of Directors