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 By Lisa Seplak    Opinion 

One's teardown is another's treasure

Our house is a very fine house. When we moved into our split, it was a compromise of sorts. The house - around 50 years old - was not new, yet not really old. Instead, it was... — Updated 3/15/2023


Greenspon creates opportunities for all students

I wholeheartedly support Catherine “Cat” Greenspon for D86 BOE. Although I just met Cat during COVID, it feels like we’re lifelong friends. Cat’s life exemplifies a passion for education. In her 20s, Cat created Computer... — Updated 3/15/2023


Akras' background makes her clear choice for D86

After the upcoming April 4 election, the newly seated D86 school board will hire a new superintendent and assistant superintendent for the district. Hiring the most qualified top two administrators for our community’s high... — Updated 3/15/2023


Gallo will remedy changes to grading, curriculum

As a parent of elementary students, I am concerned about the un-piloted changes to grading and curriculum in D86 under the current administration. It may take years to get our high school back on track. This is why I support Kay... — Updated 3/15/2023


Gallo, Greenspon, Catton will put D86 students first

Tuesday, April 4, ushers in an extremely important election for the board of education for Hinsdale Township High School District 86. This community cannot allow voter apathy (historically 15-17 percent turnout) to define this... — Updated 3/15/2023


Gallo, Greenspon have earned voter's support

As a resident of D86 for nearly three decades, I’ve seen lots of different school board elections. I know firsthand the challenges of running for elective office. One cannot ignore the huge impact that schools have on our... — Updated 3/15/2023


Greenspon brings experience, integrity to D86

There are criteria I want to see in a D86 board candidate, which include experience, passion, focus, intelligence, time, energy and integrity. Catherine “Cat” Greenspon encompasses each requirement equally. Catherine works with... — Updated 3/15/2023


Gallo will improve educational experience in D86

Kay Gallo would make an excellent addition to the D86 Board of Education. As a 38-year resident of Clarendon Hills, Kay has experience having served two terms on the D86 Board and one term for D60 elementary. Kay understands what... — Updated 3/15/2023


Thanks to Red Devil Nation fans, families

On behalf of the Hinsdale Central Boys’ varsity basketball team, we send the Red Devil Nation community our sincerest gratitude. Thank you for attending the games, cheering us on and making this season so incredibly memorable... — Updated 3/15/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion 

Grube makes history as first female board chair

Ann Grube didn’t intend to make history when she started volunteering with The Community House in 1983. She and her husband, John, had just moved to Hinsdale from Manhattan.... — Updated 3/15/2023


Gallo, Greenspan will get D86 back on right track

I am writing to express my enthusiastic support for Kay Gallo and Catherine Greenspon, who are running for the District 86 school board. Our community is fortunate to have two such highly qualified, intelligent and effective... — Updated 3/15/2023


Luck certainly not limited to the Irish

“If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough,” the popular saying goes. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow — and with no disrespect to the Irish — we’d like to offer our own twist on the saying. “I... — Updated 3/15/2023


Akhras, Willoughby understand role of board member

Asma Akhras and Deborah Willoughby would be excellent members of the D86 Board of Education. Asma and Deborah understand the role of a board member. In contrast to the sensationalized image of members constantly engaging in... — Updated 3/8/2023


Catton's business experience will benefit D86

I am writing to endorse Andrew Cotton for D86 school board member. His resume gives him the unique qualifications to represent Hinsdale families. As a business person with his budget experience and personnel and customer... — Updated 3/8/2023

 By Jade Cook    Opinion

I still believe in fairy tales

I recently stumbled into a conversation about faith, my palms sweaty, my heart pounding. We were about to break the unspoken rule of dinner gatherings: no discussion about politics... — Updated 3/8/2023


Akhras brings knowledge, thoughtfulness to D86

I have witnessed the integrity and thoughtfulness Asma Akhras brings to every discussion during the 18 years I have known her. Asma is the only candidate with expertise in education, which will be extremely helpful in guiding the... — Updated 3/8/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Girls make history with former boys-only club

Therese Moraleda of Hinsdale likely will make history as the first girl to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout with Hinsdale's BSA Troop 10. Moraleda, a sophomore at Hinsdale Central,... — Updated 3/8/2023


Transparency is the key to a healthy democracy

On Tuesday it was reported that thousands of protesters in the nation of Georgia had clashed with police in the streets of the capital Tbilisi. It was the second day of demonstrations, with the police resorting to water cannon and... — Updated 3/8/2023


Greenspon will bring leadership, enthusiasm to D86

I wholeheartedly endorse Cat Greenspon for the D86 Board of Education. I have had the pleasure of working with Cat as part of the Hinsdale Central Music Parents Association for the past year and a half. In her role as president of... — Updated 3/1/2023

 By John Bourjaily    Opinion

Farewell to best friend in the world

If you are a local music fan of a certain age, then you are aware of the recent passing of WXRT DJ Lin Brehmer. Sadly, Lin died of prostate cancer this past January at the age of 68... — Updated 3/1/2023


Akras, Gallo and Greenspon right choices for D86 board

In 2011 when I arrived in Hinsdale, I was struck by the strong sense of community endorsement of public education. As a certified educational planner and an independent educational consultantg who works with D86 teens, this was... — Updated 3/1/2023


Airbnb rental homes really don't belong in Hinsdale

File this under things you never imagine happening next door. A person or investment group turning the unsold house next door into an unregulated hotel where up to four groups of people a week cycle through, leaving heaps of trash... — Updated 3/1/2023


Women's history, early village history intersect

Hinsdale’s first international celebrity just happened to be a woman. Loie Fuller, born in 1862 in the midst of a bitterly cold January, did not take long to discover her love of being on stage. “After Loie was able to walk,... — Updated 3/1/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Women making history writing their own stories

Every year in grad school when we taught the short story "The Yellow Wall-paper" to our freshman writing classes, my friend David would use the opportunity to include a quick... — Updated 3/1/2023


Let Black History Month be learning opportunity

February is National Black History Month, a time to recognize the legacy of Black Americans who have helped make this country a more perfect union through their talents, sacrifice and inspiring leadership. The National Museum of Af... — Updated 2/22/2023


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