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 By Laura LaPlaca    Opinion

This old house has story to tell

The house next door to us is going to be torn down. I know that isn't news in this town where old homes are torn down everyday. But there are many things that happen all the time -... — Updated 8/4/2021



Cartoon by Dan Ackley... — Updated 8/4/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Former chief hopes story will keep saving lives

Pat Kenny made a list of promises to his wife, Eileen, before she died in 2016. The final one was to write a book about their son Sean's struggles with mental illness and death by... — Updated 8/4/2021


People-pleasing can be dangerous motive for board

In the span of six weeks, the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board voted to dismantle plans that had been in the works for months or even years. Board members voted in June to halt the shift to an integrated math curriculum and... — Updated 8/4/2021



Dan Ackley for The Hinsdalean... — Updated 7/28/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Simone teaches us what a champion can look like

What would people think of you if they judged you at your most difficult moment? That’s not a question I like to ponder. I’ve made plenty of mistakes and would like to believe... — Updated 7/28/2021

 By Katie Hughes    Opinion

Embracing a new chapter

When I last wrote an article for the paper, I had just finished my senior year of high school and was getting ready to begin a new chapter of my life at the University of Georgia.... — Updated 7/28/2021


We must work together to emerge from COVID-19

July talk of returning to the classroom may seem premature — even cruel — for some. But school administrators, as they have since March of 2020, are working to navigate COVID-19 waters that have suddenly turned choppier,... — Updated 7/28/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

More to love about England than the Beatles

Sticky toffee pudding eluded me for most of my life. A lover of cakes and cheesecakes, I didn't discover this amazing dessert until I was almost 40. Dan and I were on my dream "Jane... — Updated 7/21/2021

 By Dan Ackley    Opinion


July 22, 2021... — Updated 7/21/2021


Swing and a miss launch love affair

It was a bright June day. Prior to that moment, I had never wielded a golf club in my 31 years of life. It was my turn to tee off, and I stepped up to the golf ball, took my first... — Updated 7/21/2021


Hinsdale could host its own Summer Games

The Tokyo Olympics — which start Friday — will feature 11,000 athletes competing in 339 events across 33 sports over 17 days. The 621 members of Team USA hope to capture their fair share of the 5,000 medals available (made out... — Updated 7/21/2021

 By Dan Ackley    Opinion


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Flying the less friendly skies

My brother-in-law recalls a time in the early '60s when flying to a vacation destination with his parents meant wearing a suit. He was 8 or 9 years old. Everyone laughs along with him when it's brought up, because seeing a child... — Updated 7/14/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Some lessons are best learned at summer camp

I have friends who went to summer camp - out-of-state camps in beautiful locations like Colorado and North Carolina and New Hampshire. My own summer camp experience was limited to... — Updated 7/14/2021


Parks, rec month elevates often overlooked spaces

How often do you give thanks for your nearby park? We often take these refreshingly open and family-friendly expanses for granted, local features that are just another part of the landscape. But while the style and footprints of... — Updated 7/14/2021


D86 Board must rescind PITU, offer students remediation

A curricular emergency is in progress at Hinsdale Central High School. We need immediate action by the board of education to address the harm already imposed on rising 10th-graders who took Physics in the Universe and give rising n... — Updated 7/7/2021

 By John Bourjaily    Opinion

Dad's Day not just 'Hallmark' holiday

As we celebrate our country's independence this week, I can't help but chuckle about some of the crazy holidays the world has conjured up over the years. How do you celebrate... — Updated 7/7/2021


Summer headlines much more promising in 2021

Summer is always an interesting time for newspapers. Government bodies — like village and school boards — typically shorten their agendas and might skip a meeting or two. Kids aren’t going to school and athletes aren’t... — Updated 7/7/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

New attitude on road trips came in handy in June

Dan and I absolutely hated the first road trip we took, to visit Boston some 984 miles away. We split the 15-hour drive into two, complaint-filled days. Looking back, I see two... — Updated 7/7/2021



Cartoons week of 7-1-21... — Updated 6/30/2021

 By Teri Goudie    Opinion

True hospitality goes both ways

We often find our best selves during our toughest moments. Unfortunately, that simple truth seems to be going the wrong way. Consider a recent morning in Hinsdale. A woman finishes... — Updated 6/30/2021

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

'Just say no' good for war on drugs - and me

I'm not very skilled at saying no. I have such a hard time, in fact, that one of my friends/co-workers once suggested a simple remedy if I find myself unable to respond in the... — Updated 6/30/2021


Thoughts on freedom as we salute independence

Almost two and a half centuries have passed since the 13 colonies issued the declaration that led to our country’s independence. Among those 1,300 words are the lines from Thomas Jefferson that are most frequently quoted. “We... — Updated 6/30/2021


Journalism continues to be worth the investment

At a newspaper conference years ago, a speaker talked about the virtual circle of newspapers. Owners invest in the creating a good product. That quality product attracts readers. Readers attract advertisers. Advertisers spend money... — Updated 6/23/2021


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