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Catton's views on equity are alarming, wrong for D86

Someone other than D86 candidate Andrew Catton purchased a website and used it to share a letter that Catton emailed to the board of education last year. Distasteful political tactics aside, the contents of that email are... — Updated 2/24/2023


Former D86 board member served with, supports Gallo

I am pleased to submit this endorsement letter in support of Kay Gallo for a seat on the District 86 Hinsdale Township High School Board to be elected in April. I recently served with her for two years — in 2015-17 — and came... — Updated 2/22/2023

 By Lex Silberberg    Opinion

Snow much for winter!

It might be an unpopular opinion, but I genuinely like snow. I'm not referring to the icy, slushy nonsense we've experienced thus far - I'm talking about that snowman-making,... — Updated 2/22/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Fasting could take on a new meaning during Lent

I spent many years confused by Lent. I’d watch my Catholic friends and acquaintances give up something they either wanted to give up, like chocolate, or thought they needed to... — Updated 2/22/2023


Historical society grateful for Bohnen's contributions

The board of trustees and the members of the Hinsdale Historical Society mourn the loss of Penny Bohnen, a great friend of the society, who time and again brought her energy, connections, experience, joy and resolve to needs,... — Updated 2/15/2023

 By Katie Hughes    Opinion

Age doesn't always bring answers

I used to think that when I got older, I would have more answers - to who I am, who I want to be, and just to life in general. Well, now that I am older, I can see that sentiment... — Updated 2/15/2023


A healthy heart ensures love will go on

February is a month dedicated to matters of the heart. For many, that meant making sure a special someone received a card and flowers on Tuesday. But February is also American Heart Month, a time to brush up on the signs of a... — Updated 2/15/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Saying goodbye doesn't get any easier

When my dad died almost 21 years ago, I had only a handful of friends who had lost a parent. My husband joined what I've heard described as "the club no one wants to be in" when... — Updated 2/15/2023


Asma Akhras deserves support in D86 school board race

Asma Akhras is a welcome breath of fresh air as a candidate for our District 86 high school board. She is uniquely qualified to foster a partnership between home and school as the mother of a current district student, an... — Updated 2/8/2023

 By Bill Barre    Opinion

Are you listening to this music?

Among my several pet peeves is perhaps the granddaddy of them all - loud music playing everywhere, all the time, yet no one is listening. "What music?" If no one is listening to... — Updated 2/8/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Love is a many splendid (or multifaceted?) thing

I've been thinking a lot about love lately - and not because Valentine's Day is only a few days away. I've been thinking about love because Dan Harris keeps bringing it up on 10 Per... — Updated 2/8/2023


Valentine recipients embrace chance to give back

Love is in the air with the approach of Valentine’s Day. The occasion affords us the perfect opportunity for heartful recognition of those who selflessly serve Hinsdale’s nonprofits and faith communities. The organizations... — Updated 2/8/2023


Contract change illustrates need for new D86 board

Whose idea was it to absolve the D86 superintendent of responsibility for last year’s alleged lapses in loyalty and ethics? Superintendent employment terms are not set by the superintendent, HR or counsel to D86. These are set... — Updated 2/1/2023

 By Denise Joyce    Opinion

Not all actions need a reaction

When songwriters Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz penned the country song “When You Say Nothing At All,” they didn’t mean keep your mouth shut when your loved one does... — Updated 2/1/2023


Superintendent contract extension a 'shameful legacy'

The District 86 School Board presented a master class in abuse of power and obfuscation at its Jan. 26 meeting, when the majority bloc (Erik Held, Kathleen Hirsman, Cynthia Hanson and Terri Walker) voted, with only 48-hours... — Updated 2/1/2023


Hinsdalean set to launch election coverage Feb. 9

For the first time in The Hinsdalean’s history, there is a single contested race on the spring ballot. Only Hinsdale High School District 86 has attracted more candidates than there are open seats in the Tuesday, April 4, electio... — Updated 2/1/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Readers invited to be part of election conversation

Next week we will begin our coverage of the Tuesday, April 4, election. Unlike most years, we have a single contested race to cover — the Hinsdale High School District 86 board,... — Updated 2/1/2023


College visits show the kids are alright

I’ve read a few polls indicating Americans believe future generations will be worse off than the current one. That’s a sobering, depressing thought. The world seems on its heels in the face of COVID, racial unrest, political dy... — Updated 1/25/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Thought COVID now was just a cold? So did I

I had every intention of getting my COVID booster. Really, I did. But I couldn't seem to find space in my schedule for a day-long recovery period - as I needed after my previous... — Updated 1/25/2023


Full-day kindergarten overdue in District 181

The time has come to stop kicking the full-day kindergarten can down the road. As evidenced at Monday night’s Community Consolidated Elemenatary District 181 Board meeting, both residents and district officials signaled a strong... — Updated 1/25/2023

 By Lisa Seplak    Opinion

Embracing the season

I'm sitting at my laptop wondering how Pam does it. How does she compose a column, every single week, and one that's a lot longer than the 450 words I need to write. I don't mean... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

From reading to learn to reading for pleasure

Ham and cheddar scones. Egg and watercress sandwiches. Salmon spread on pumpernickel. Sticky toffee pudding. That's the menu for tonight's book club meeting, a perfect compliment... — Updated 1/18/2023


Brighten gloomy days by getting out of the house

The new year opened with almost three weeks of warmer than normal temperatures, with highs in the 50s last week and this week. But 2023 also has brought us more than our fair share of cloudy days as well. You can probably count on... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Strangers' simple gesture made all the difference

The doorbell rang shortly after dinner Tuesday night. As I flipped the deadbolt and opened the door, I expected to find someone trying to sell me more popcorn or more cookies (both... — Updated 1/11/2023


Help the healing process with a blood donation

The start of the new year marks National Blood Donor Month, a time to both celebrate those who generously roll up a sleeve to keep blood products stocked for hospitals providing critical care and encourage more of us to do likewise... — Updated 1/11/2023


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