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Letter critical of Pritzker, Lightfoot hits a nerve

This is the worst letter to the editor I ever saw (John Salidas letter of May 21). This guy sure is a sweetheart. Maybe we should have masks that look like him and ring his bell on Halloween. I feel that Gov. Pritzker and Mayor... — Updated 5/27/2020


Kindness is the best response in these trying times

Two recent experiences in the last 10 days seem worth sharing. Last week on one of the warm days I was leaving the hardware store in Clarendon Hills. A small group of young children with several moms was at the ice cream store... — Updated 5/27/2020


Family hopes husband, father's legacy will carry on

Dr. J. Richard Spatafora passed away suddenly on May 24. We are going forward with love, strength, tenderness and togetherness. He loved his family enough to last a lifetime and then some. We will miss our Rick desperately; a... — Updated 5/27/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Class of 2020's graduation won't soon be forgotten

I don't remember much about my high school or college graduation - and neither does former President Barack Obama. He said as much in his Saturday night speech during the "Graduate... — Updated 5/20/2020


Halloween shops: Stock up on Lightfoot, Pritzker masks

If this interminable COVID lockdown nightmare extends into October the children of the Prairie State should take a stand against the scary monsters who rule over Illinois. On Halloween children can choose the appropriate mask and... — Updated 5/20/2020

 By Katie Hughes    Opinion

Sweet Georgia on my mind

We moved to Hinsdale when I was 3 years old. I never could have guessed just how great this town would be, and I never could have imagined that the day I'd have to leave would come... — Updated 5/20/2020


America survives because of those who gave all

In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place, and in the sky, The larks, still bravely singing, fly, Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead; short days ago... — Updated 5/20/2020


Shakespearean sonnet examines life in quarantine

I’ve always loved writing Shakespearean sonnets as an English major so I decided to write one about our current time in quarantine. The Ides of March befalls our precious world, As children say goodbye to days at school, They... — Updated 5/13/2020


Village president elaborates on idea for on-street dining

I wanted to make you aware of an idea that the village board of trustees discussed at last Tuesday’s meeting that has received some media coverage. Now that Gov. JB Pritzker has put into effect a phased plan for re-opening... — Updated 5/13/2020


Tending to pesky bookcases, redux

The current crisis has triggered the recollection of a question in the muddle in the middle of my head, where there's plenty of room for faint relevance. The recollection was of... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Mental Health Month needed now more than ever

Schools have been closed since March 13. Quarantine has been in effect since March 21. We've adjusted our celebrations of birthdays, anniversaries, Passover, Easter and Mother's Day... — Updated 5/13/2020


On-street dining is just an idea - but a good one

Beep, beep, beep. Let’s back up a bit. Despite the media hype that might suggest otherwise, Hinsdale will not offer outdoor dining on its downtown streets in the near future. Village officials are not planning to violate Gov. JB... — Updated 5/13/2020


A very big thank you to two good-hearted kids

On Friday afternoon, May 1, it was a beautiful spring day and I was riding my bicycle near the West Hinsdale Train Station. While trying to stay out of the path of an oncoming car and practice social distancing, I found myself on t... — Updated 5/6/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Preparing for a one-of-a-kind Mother's Day

The list of canceled events at times overwhelms me with sadness. When the state lockdown began on my birthday, it wasn't too difficult to shrug it off. "We'll celebrate later," we... — Updated 5/6/2020

 By Sally Hartmann    Opinion

Three phases of togetherness

I'm doing final edits to this column on April 28. Perhaps things have changed by the time you're reading it, but I hope not. So far, our family has weathered the pandemic by being... — Updated 5/6/2020


Words fall short in praising moms, but let's try

Mother’s Day may have changed a bit in the way it’s commemorated since it became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. But the special place moms hold in our collective heart has been steadfast as reflected in recorded thoughts on... — Updated 5/6/2020


Owners of historic home support moratorium

My husband and I own the Orland Bassett house on Sixth Street. We are restoring this incredible home after a terrible fire because we consider ourselves custodians of history and beauty as well as titleholders of a personal... — Updated 4/29/2020


Verizon 5G plans on hold for now, not forever

While we have been dealing with a worldwide pandemic, Verizon has been busy moving forward with their plans to install 4G/5G towers throughout Hinsdale. In a March letter to the village of Hinsdale, Verizon announced that they... — Updated 4/29/2020


Who's teaching COVID-19 etiquette?

I was at the grocery store last week picking up a few things and was wearing a disposable mask. I noticed most customers were wearing masks as well and wiping down their carts. The... — Updated 4/29/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Blind spot in gratitude for essential workers

First responders. Docs. Nurses. Grocery store workers. Food delivery drivers. They've all been thanked - in press conferences, TV commercials and Facebook posts. They all deserve... — Updated 4/29/2020


With a month to go, now is not the time to give up

Stay the course. Whether that phrase brings to mind horse racing (its first use in 1885), sailing or past Republican presidents (Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43), it’s what we all need to do right now. We recognize this past week... — Updated 4/29/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

COVID-19: All I want to know and hope to recall

Do you have a running list of COVID-19 questions? About things you can’t remember, like when the first case was reported? Or things you don’t know at all, like what the... — Updated 4/23/2020


Want to help? Stay at home, give to those affected

For those of us not on the front lines of the response to COVID-19, figuring out where to turn to help can be daunting. Both traditional and innovative ways to leverage one's resources in support of the cause are available, and... — Updated 4/23/2020


HCS thanks volunteers during appreciation month

Dear friends, Like no other time in HCS Family Services’ 83-year history, this past month has reminded us just how valuable our volunteers are. As we’ve had to limit the number of volunteers at our food pantries due to the... — Updated 4/22/2020

 By Beth Smits    Opinion

Small steps toward big goals

I have a doctoral dissertation to write. It will come in at about 80,000 words. Knowing what a daunting target that is, my advisor suggested that I break it down, for example by aim... — Updated 4/22/2020


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