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Being driven nuts by Rauners’ television commercial

Being driven nuts by Rauners’ television commercial Bruce Rauner, Republican candidate for governor, and his wife Diana seem to have a very difficult time with the truth. In a TV spot, the Rauners explain that they don’t agree on everything, including politics. When Diana Rauner …

Kane should view medical marijuana as revenue prospect

Kane should view medical marijuana as revenue prospect If you look at Kane County’s five-year financial plan (at www.countyofkane.org) one thing is certain: The county is banking on state sales tax and income tax going up 2 percent every year. Even with this positive outlook …

Interventionists still have not learned the lessons of history

Interventionists still have not learned the lessons of history If President Obama listened to John McCain and the other Republican hawks, we’d already be involved militarily in Libya, Syria and Iran. Now, McCain wants us to get entangled in the Ukraine on the Russian doorstep. …

Not much info in Medicare ‘data dump’

Not much info in Medicare ‘data dump’ Much has been made of the Medicare physician payment “data dump” that occurred on April 9. Pursuit of transparency by America’s single largest purchaser of health care is laudable, but the way this information is being presented lacks …

Sebelius a hero for leading charge for health care reform

Sebelius a hero for leading charge for health care reform My favorite hero growing up was the soldier who led the charge against the machine gun nest. This patriot of patriots was invariably mortally or grievously wounded. He knew his fate before taking the first …

Guns — even among military personnel — are never the answer

Guns — even among military personnel — are never the answer I’m writing in response to a letter Tuesday by Manfred W. Czymmek, “Gun free-zones are not safe, and the latest tragedy shows why.” Czymmek feels that arming people is the answer to gun violence, …

Supreme Court, you’re fired!

Supreme Court, you’re fired! The U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous decision on Citizens United in 2010 and now McCutcheon v FEC on April 2 will make the lives of the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson easier and more profitable, while the lives of the rest of …

Gun free-zones not safe; latest tragedy shows why

Gun free-zones are not safe, and the latest tragedy shows why Another “gun free zone” was the scene of the latest tragedy. The latest count was three dead and 16 injured. Could this tragedy have been prevented? Probably not. One never knows how a disturbed …

Support keeping school bus service at same, safe levels

Support keeping school bus service at same, safe levels The Illinois General Assembly is considering legislation that will put thousands of school children at risk, increase traffic congestion and harm the environment. House Bill 5967 would radically alter the formula that guarantees yellow bus service …

Poor choices for Judson’s Leadership Forum

Poor Judson choices for Leadership Forum Has Judson University departed from its Christian mission of peace in the choice of leaders honored in its Leadership Forum: George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice? These two were instrumental in lying us into the needless, catastrophic Iraq war …

Elgin must protect, not cut, what makes it great

Elgin must protect, not cut, what makes the city great I feel the need to respond to Margaret Miller’s letter of March 17. She throws around words like “elite” and “liberal” as if they were curse words. According to dictionary.com, elite means “the choice or …

Republicans oppose any benefits to poor and working class

Republicans oppose any benefits to poor and working class When we talk about Obamacare being a bad law, we must stop and think about how good the medical laws are working in foreign countries. England and European countries have done very well with their medical …

Officials show leadership on immigration reform

Immigration reform leadership shown As I experienced as chairman of the DuPage County Board, being a leader often means making hard short-term, unpopular decisions for the long-term public good. This is especially true in politics, where elected officials are dependent on voters to keep their …

Elgin Math & Science Academy Charter School proposal

Elgin Math & Science Academy Charter School proposal I am writing on behalf of the Elgin Math and Science Academy Charter School (EMSA) design team, and I would like to share some information from our charter proposal. EMSA will be a free, public school, open …

Proposed Elgin school campus a benefit to city, a good investment

Proposed Elgin school campus a benefit to city, a good investment I support the use of the beautiful former Fox River Grove Country Day School property for the proposed Elgin Math and Science Charter School and Elgin Academy for international student housing. This property is …