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Police chief's warning keeps falling on deaf ears

Don’t state the obvious. We’ve all heard that advice before — and it’s especially relevant for those of us who work in journalism. And yet we’ve violated this rule countless times as we try — repeatedly — to convince Hinsdale residents...

 

Words of wisdom for a chilly February day

I've discovered words of wisdom in unexpectedly places recently and thought I'd share. In response to my favorite closing question in an interview - "Anything else?" - Penn Jillette told Tim Ferris ("...

 
 By Susan OByrne    Opinion    February 20, 2020 

Revue offers more than just a laugh

Back in the olden days, when I taught literature, I often began with a broad discussion of what "comedy" and "tragedy" mean. Broadly speaking, classical comedy is a structure; the stories may begin...

 

D86 wrong to stop residents from making public comment

As former area school board members, we understand that the First Amendment’s freedom of speech is the cornerstone of American democracy, and the Open Meetings Act extends that non-negotiable right to hold public officials accountable and...

 

Resident not impressed with Casten at town hall meeting

Last Saturday I attended Hinsdale’s town hall meeting with U.S Rep. Sean Casten. After speaking for approximately 10 minutes, Rep. Casten opened the floor to questions. The first question was about Rep. Casten voting not to continue the federal...

 

Pay attention to the European response to 5G rollout

“... Switzerland melds the best of all worlds — and adds a healthy dose of chocolate, cowbells and cable cars.” — Rick Steves Not mentioned by Steves is the more than 2,000 antennas the alpine country has built to roll out 5G technology,...

 

Volunteers make Hinsdale that much sweeter

Happy Valentines Day! Tomorrow is the designated day for showing love, but we find plenty of examples in our town of how to lead with one’s heart every day. To these people, we bestow our 2020 “valentines.” • Liz Joseph puts her heart into...

 

Author gives girls something to dream about

Ainsley was excited about a book she brought home from school the other day - "Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History" by Vashti Harrison. She said she recognized the cover, as I had given her an...

 

Movie magic not limited to LA

Some moments in life feel like they are straight out of a movie: your first day of high school, summer nights with your best friends or driving around in the car with the windows down. These are...

 

A word in opposition to 5G from a 'Millennial Luddite'

I am a Millennial, and I moved back to Hinsdale to wrap myself up in its historical cocoon. The beautiful homes and tree-lined streets hearken back to an age gone by, perfectly juxtaposed to the ever-forward, ever-faster pace of technology. Hinsdale...

 

Column prompts writer to share thoughts on halftime show

I seldom write to newspapers, magazines, television, and radio. But this time (after Pamela Lannom’s Feb. 6 column), it seems worth it. There’s a song that goes like this: “Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, Shake your booty, shake your...

 

Life with a healthy heart is so much sweeter

Hearts are everywhere this month — but not all of them are for Valentine’s Day. For the past 56 years, February has been American Heart Month. President Lydon B. Johnson issued the first proclamation in February 1964, nine years after he...

 

Hard for me to see halftime show as empowering

Everyone seems to be able to agree on one thing about Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show. It was sexy. So sexy, in fact, that my 11-year-old covered her head at one point with a blanket and remained...

 

Chet and Ron and the quality of regret

The small stack of elderly firewood beside my garage occasionally reminds me of Chet and Ron. They were my first two project bosses after I was hired by a management consulting firm, soon after grad...

 

The Big Groundhog Game prompts reflection

So the Super Bowl and Groundhog Day fall on the same day this year. How crazy is that? Well, OK, not so crazy since it also happened in 2014 — although this is only the second such occurrence since the game was moved to a February date in 2002. Is...

 

Twenty-nine days to opening night and counting

Four short weeks from tomorrow is opening night for “Hinsdopoloy,” the 2020 Community Revue. I’ve been part of the revue cast for 16 years now. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the...

 

Especially happy landings

As a former very frequent flier, I’ve followed the news about Boeing’s 737 MAX airplane crisis and the appointment of a new CEO to drive major change. While this news hasn’t lessened my...

 

Happy 25th, Community Memorial Foundation

In 1995 La Grange Memorial Hospital was sold and part of the proceeds were used to create Community Memorial Foundation. Who could have imagined the work the foundation would do? The foundation, which has issued more than $77 million in grants to...

 

Stories of alternative universes abound

Alternative universes. They were the subject of a recent podcast from This American Life - "Gardens of Branching Paths." I enjoyed hearing the stories of a Jew imagining parallel universes without...

 

Childhood memory comes alive again

It was almost midnight when we settled in by the fire and my friend said to the group, "I want to hear everyone's favorite childhood memory." Groans of protest ensued. "Come on ... a favorite...

 

Operation Christmas Child appreciates town's generosity

I am writing to thank Hinsdale residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Hinsdale and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of...

 

Hold the sweat, tears, just give blood this month

There’s a reason why January is designated National Blood Donor Month. During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, about 500 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs, according to the...

 

Former associate editor pens new parenting book

Readers of Scary Mommy and the Today Show parenting blogs know Christie Cuthbert as a contributor. Texans know her as a writer for San Antonio Woman Magazine and Alamo City Moms. Hinsdaleans remember...

 
 By Beth Smits    Opinion    January 16, 2020

'Life-changing magic' of library

When I moved my household from Washington, D.C. into storage, I got rid of about 100 books. Some were obvious choices, like the global trade textbook that was required for a class I took in 1989 but...

 

New year, new opportunity for D86 to listen

Tonight, for the first time in almost a month, the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board will meet. A lot has happened since Dec. 12. Students and staff enjoyed winter break. A new year, and a decade, started at midnight Dec. 31. And Superintendent...

 

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