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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 step but was devoted to a cause bigger than himself. To me, Kathleen Sebelius is such a hero. She took on a mission larger than herself. She knew that she would be ridiculed and reviled publicly and relentlessly by those with a financial stake in the existing health care system. She knew she would face … ]]> Fri, 16 May 2014 06:16:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]> Lead story image

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 campaign finance. This is the same court Tom probably cheered after it allowed Obamacare to pass. Like Harry Reid, Tom’s hypocrisy knows no bounds as he goes after the billionaire Koch Brothers, huge philanthropists that they are, while neglecting to mention liberal billionaires Soros and Steyer. He also conveniently forgets to mention the myriad of … ]]> Thu, 15 May 2014 06:15:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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, a reader wrote to say that the citizens of Illinois weren’t stupid enough to believe Bruce Rauner’s commercials. I guess the election results proved him wrong. Now, with the court’s latest decision, even more misleading commercials by unscrupulous but well-funded individuals can sway the voters. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, we now truly have a country … ]]> Sun, 11 May 2014 09:46:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letter to the Editor ]]> Lead story image

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 supply and increased energy efficiency — and Commonwealth Edison’s parent company hasn’t been getting the kind of results its grown accustomed to. So, the power giant is reportedly threatening to close as many as three of its six Illinois nuclear plants, unless state legislators force consumers to pay more to boost Exelon profits and minimize … ]]> Sat, 10 May 2014 06:20:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]>

Wealthy get more opportunities to control legislation The conservative Roberts Court has eviscerated what remained of the campaign finance laws after the 2010 Citizens United ruling, thereby ensuring that wealthy donors and major corporations can elect their favorite politicians. They can buy the elections. And if that fails, they can hire an army of lobbyists to push their favorite legislation to secure government subsidies and tax loopholes. The money they save by dodging taxes can be spent on the next election cycle to buy another election. Whatever happened to “one man, one vote”? I guess if you’re rich, you get … ]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:44:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letter to the Editor ]]>

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 all students living at least 1½ miles from school. Under HB 5967, the minimum distance would increase to two miles, adding 172 square blocks — or 43 percent — to each school’s exclusion zone. This “small” change would virtually end bus service at many schools and force tens of thousands of students to find a … ]]> Thu, 08 May 2014 09:36:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letter to the Editor ]]> Lead story image

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, will come from savings gained in other areas. We should really celebrate that these raises will not cost you one cent more. When our county management team saves substantial amounts of money in one area and strengthens our collective financial position within a frozen property tax levy, we need your direct and indirect permission to … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:15:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]> Lead story image

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 problems. We were told that the tax increase would pay off debt, pay pensions without borrowing more money, and according to Quinn, “get Illinois back on fiscal sound footing.” However, the state’s backlog of bills has only dropped from $8.5 billion dollars then, to $7 billion now. How can that be, given that the tax … ]]> Fri, 02 May 2014 06:14:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]>

Patience needed when dealing with legislation As I begin my 16th and final legislative session, I find the moment bittersweet. On the one hand, I am extremely excited about the opportunities ahead; on the other hand, I continue to be nervous for our future. Maybe it’s the parent in me, maybe it’s the realist developed by what I’ve witnessed in government or maybe it’s just healthy to be nervous about change. Government service is a difficult venue for “Type A” personalities like myself. We want results quickly and if it doesn’t work, we immediately want to implement changes. For better … ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:28:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]>

Many reasons to dislike Obama President Obama believes some don’t like him because he’s black. That may be true with a small minority of bigoted fools, but the reason most “don’t like” him is because of what he’s doing to the country. It’s a profound disagreement with nearly everything he espouses. Those profound disagreements are with his ideas on wealth redistribution; his energy policies; his willful destruction of the health insurance industry, which ultimately bled through to the entire health care industry; the expansion of the welfare society; unbridled spending; the upwardly spiraling national debt; the constant use of the … ]]> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 06:15:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letter to the Editor: Teacher conferences impress parents ]]>

Teachers impressive at D129 conferences I have been recently critical of decisions made by the West Aurora school board. Since I used this forum to discuss negatives in the district, it is only fair that I also use it to voice what is right with the district. Last night I attended conferences for my children who attend Freeman Elementary and Hope Wall schools. As my wife and I were heading for home afterwards, I asked my wife if she was as impressed with conferences, she said she was impressed also. This morning as I reflect on it further, I must … ]]> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:29:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the editor ]]>

Stephen Douglas bicentennial a time to remember his contributions April 23 marked the bicentennial of Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois, the most influential politician in Washington for a decade prior to the presidential election that brought Abraham Lincoln to the White House. From the Compromise of 1850 to the fateful split of the Democratic Party in 1860, Douglas was the single most consequential player in national politics for a decade. Yet many remember him only for his debates with Lincoln during their contest for the U.S. Senate in 1858. Those debates received national attention because of Douglas’ fame that, in … ]]> Tue, 28 May 2013 19:53:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]>

New members needed on District 131 board I have worked with students in District 131 for 10 years in various capacities, from coordinating a tutoring program at an elementary school, to mentoring several young men during their formative years, to developing relationships and organizing life-skills programs in an Aurora Housing Authority complex. With this experience, I’ve developed a love for East Aurora and its treasured diversity. The relationships I have with these families and students are some of the most important of my life. And I’ve learned so much from them. I’ve learned that students instinctively need hope and opportunities … ]]> Thu, 02 May 2013 06:23:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the Editor ]]>

East not getting word out Recently I attended the East Aurora School District 131 special Board of Education meeting to listen to the Virtual Learning Solutions proposal for a charter school this fall offering a web-based approach to learning. Like the presentation to many other districts in the Fox Valley, the idea falls short and doesn’t seem to take into account the needs of the families and kids in our community. There were many questions posed by community members that were left unanswered. While I think the conclusion of our board members ended up at the right point, I want … ]]> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 06:16:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters to the editor ]]>

Online charter troubling There have been many articles lately about the proposed virtual on line program that may be offered by a for profit company that has no direct responsibility to our school districts if implemented. This proposal to allow this organization into our communities has become deeply troubling to me for many good reasons. This proposal by the company that is making such an offer is known as the Illinois Virtual Academy at Fox River Valley (VLS) that would fall under the controversial umbrella of K12, Inc. I have found many troubling articles about K12, Inc. that discuss concerning … ]]> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 06:42:42 -0500