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Updated: December 20, 2012 6:07AM

Mutual Ground thanks
all its supporters

Mutual Ground has a lot to be thankful for this November! We just wrapped up a fantastic Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

I would like to thank everyone who helped make so many events this October really shine. Thank you to North Aurora Police Chief David Summer and Deputy Chief David Fisher for partnering with us on our “Light the Night” Domestic Violence Vigil; Many Hands Many Blessings, for hosting an event at Luigi’s Pizza that raised money for our organization; the city of Aurora, for allowing us to raise awareness downtown with banners over River Street throughout the month; and all of our Walk for Hope sponsors especially the City of Aurora, The Hartford, UPS, Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, Aurora Kiwanis, Whitt Law, and GenOn.

I would also like to thank the Walk for Hope Committee, teams of walkers, runners, donors, staff, volunteers and Mutual Ground board members for all of your time and effort. You are all the people who keep this agency thriving and able to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the community every day and night.

Michelle Meyer

Executive Director

Mutual Ground Inc.


Hultgren will help
rebuild the GOP

I am so proud of all our volunteers and supporters. Whether they were on the front lines making calls, knocking on doors, writing letters or just talking to friends and neighbors, make no mistake — all of them help to shape the debate about the direction of our country.

Despite my re-election, I am deeply disappointed in the overall results of this year’s election. Here in Illinois, due to district gerrymandering, we lost a significant number of talented Republican congressmen who were dedicated to the core principles of less government, fewer taxes and more personal freedoms. Needless to say, losing the presidency is a blow to our country’s free-market ideology.

As disappointed as I am in the overall results of this election cycle, I refuse to be discouraged. We still live in the greatest country in the free world. The fact that we as a country hold open and free elections is empowering and uplifting. More than 215 years after the Constitutional Convention, most people on the planet still do not have the right to vote.

During the next few weeks, political pundits and our own leadership will be debating the future of the Republican Party — what we lack, what we need to adjust and how we are to move forward in an ever-changing world. No doubt, we as a party have to re-evaluate our strategies, our messaging, and we must find ways to increase our voter pool. These are healthy debates, and I am looking forward to being part of those debates and helping to rebuild the Republican Party.

Again, I can’t thank you enough for all your sacrifices. We may be down today, but we will move forward, and we will continue fighting for responsible leadership and responsible solutions to our country’s problems. We do this because we love our country and because we want future generations to prosper and to achieve the American Dream.

Randy Hultgren


14th District


Kindness, hospitality
seen at polling place

We, the election judges from Aurora Ward 4, Precinct 6, would like to sincerely thank Sue Clark, who works at Wesley United Methodist Church, our polling place.

Sue took great care of us on Election Day this year. Not only did she arrive when we did at 5:15 a.m., she made sure we were comfortable throughout the day, including making coffee and providing us with a delicious meal while we worked. She was also there at 7:30 p.m. cleaning up after us.

We consider ourselves lucky to have Wesley Methodist as our polling place. Thank you, Sue, for your kindness and hospitality!

William E. Norman

Melba Norman

Norma Brungart

Heidi Bell

He’s unhappy with
election results

During his victory speech in Chicago on election night, President Obama told us that “we rise or fall together as one nation.”

One would not expect to hear a country’s president talk about it falling, but given that the American people just willingly chose four more years of his inept leadership and economic malfeasance, perhaps such a comment wasn’t so out of place after all.

Steve Beckle


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