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 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion 

Teens empowered to make change in YC2 program

I'm often impressed by the young people I interview, whether they're elementary school students moderating a presentation by a NASA engineer or high school athletes recommended by... — Updated 5/18/2022


New outdoor dining standards earn five stars

Before long, the streets of downtown Hinsdale will be dotted with brightly colored umbrellas as restaurants resume al fresco dining. OK, the umbrellas won’t be brightly colored (the village prefers neutral tones). But the... — Updated 5/18/2022


Sean Casten a leader in fight against climate change

While we have all been focused on dealing with everything that COVID has thrown at us, we have been fortunate to have Sean Casten in Congress to spearhead the fight on climate change. As a former clean energy business owner, Sean... — Updated 5/18/2022

 By Bill Barre    Opinion 

Why Dad's Day beats Mom's Day

First, in this age of full disclosure, I disclose that I am ... you guessed it ... a dad. But my preference for Dad's Day over Mom's Day goes well beyond self-aggrandizement. Dad's... — Updated 5/18/2022


Galassi, Hart deserve voters' support in June 28 primary

I was born in Canada and have played hockey most of my life. Hockey has given me the opportunity to live in many great places across Canada and the United States. When I retired from the NHL, my family and I chose to return to... — Updated 5/18/2022

 By Lisa Seplak    Opinion

These most certainly are the days

I'm walking my dog by The Lane Elementary. As we approach, she eyes the bulky bulldogs guarding the front and goes down on her front paws, ready to play. But the dogs are made of... — Updated 5/11/2022


Keeping FOIA portal open a positive step for D86

Public bodies can approach Freedom of Information Act requests one of two ways. They can release only what the law requires them to release. Or they can release everything except what the law prohibits them from releasing. This... — Updated 5/11/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Articles on Illinois Bell fire a blast from the past

Little did I know when I was looking for a job in the spring of 1988 that one day I would write about an event that had thwarted those efforts. Thirty-four years ago last week, on... — Updated 5/11/2022


Longtime residents support Hart, Galassi in county races

We have lived in Hinsdale for most of our lives. We built our business here, raised our children here and now are overjoyed to see our kids raising our grandchildren here. We have also engaged civically over the years — whether... — Updated 5/4/2022


IBLP site on Ogden could be solution for two problems

Could there be a simple solution to two problems, one facing District 181 and the other the village Of Hinsdale? Unacceptable proposals for the long vacant land at the intersection of Ogden and Adams, owned by IBLP (Institute of... — Updated 5/4/2022

 By John Bourjaily    Opinion

Preserve your precious resource

Time is on your side. Don't waste it. If you know anything about me, you know I absolutely despise waste. Wasted money, wasted energy and perhaps worst of all, wasted time. I have... — Updated 5/4/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Lessons I hope to teach Ainsley

Around Mother’s Day, it seems reporters like to ask folks about the most important things they learned from their mothers. One day, maybe such a question will be posed to an... — Updated 5/4/2022


Preserving the past can pay future dividends

May is National Preservation Month, and, in so many ways, Hinsdale is a veritable exhibit of how retaining historic architecture — whether residential, commercial or public in nature — can enrich a town’s character and... — Updated 5/4/2022


En uno momento en Barcelona

Three o'clock in the afternoon, riding in the airport shuttle down narrow cobbled streets, the passenger next to me was making polite small talk. I didn't want to be rude, but I... — Updated 4/27/2022


Galassi, Hart best choices for DuPage voters

Why move to DuPage County? This question, asked by many over the years, has been an easy one to answer: better schools, lower taxes, less crime. Now, the trend at many local schools has been to move away from common-sense... — Updated 4/27/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Poets extolling May's virtues clearly had less to do

May, the fifth month of the year, is named after Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility, spring and growth. Its attributes have been noted by a variety of poets over the years. Like... — Updated 4/27/2022


No plans for Arbor Day? We've got some ideas

Tomorrow, April 29, marks the 150th anniversary of an often overlooked but important holiday. The first Arbor Day was held April 10, 1872, in Nebraska. Newspaperman J. Sterling Morton (Morton Arboretum founder Joy Morton’s... — Updated 4/27/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Often we really don't know how the story will end

The first time I saw the film "Shakespeare in Love," I was fascinated by the inaugural performance of "Romeo and Juliet" at the fictional Rose Theatre. The audience knows Juliet... — Updated 4/20/2022


Volunteerism is a cause we all can get behind

April is National Volunteer Month, and April 17-23 is designated National Volunteer Week. In Illinois alone, more than 2.8 million volunteers contribute more than 206 million hours of service, according to AmeriCorps. Since The... — Updated 4/20/2022


Mom offers plea for children's favorite spot to re-open

Fullers, please bring back Dips and Dogs for our children, please! The one place we truly had to walk to town with our children after dinner was Dips and Dogs. The excitement they always had when we told them they would get to go... — Updated 4/20/2022


D86 board officer elections illustrate lack of collaboration

This past year it has been disheartening to see the District 86 BOE led by a board president who showed a lack of integrity to her campaign promises and abused her position to silence board member dialogue. What was even more... — Updated 4/20/2022


Hinsdale couple endorses Hart, Galassi in county races

We moved to Hinsdale five years ago from the city of Chicago. Like many young families, our move to the suburbs was driven by a desire for lower crime, excellent schools and a more favorable tax environment. We looked in many... — Updated 4/20/2022

 By Lex Silberberg    Opinion

Life is hard, play short

It might be hard to determine from my headshot, but what you see in that photo accounts for a fair amount of my total height. In my youth, I was usually the sign holder in class... — Updated 4/20/2022

 By Bret Conway    Opinion

Cause of, solution to, life's problems

To quote another Brett (but I spell mine with one 'T'), "Yes, we drank beer. My friends and I. Boys and girls. I liked beer. Still like beer." I've moved on from my '80s Old Style d... — Updated 4/13/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

No planes, no trains, no automobiles

The alarm went off at 4 a.m. I hadn’t slept all that well in the AC Marriott in Fort Lauderdale, but I woke up quickly. We needed to get the 4:30 a.m. shuttle to the airport for... — Updated 4/13/2022


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