Courier News http://couriernews.suntimes.com Latest news from Courier News Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) http://couriernews.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/couriernews.gif Courier News http://couriernews.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Eric Cantor’s defeat an alarm about danger of extremist views ]]>

Eric Cantor’s defeat an alarm about danger of extremist views Political extremists are hurting our country by not negotiating to solve problems, making cuts to the most vulnerable, alienating many voters, constantly threatening to shut down the government, threatening to impeach the president, threatening to put Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security on the table, and trying to balance a budget on the backs of the middle class. Congressman Randy Hultgren of the 14th District has a voting record that reflects his extremist views. Hultgren has voted against unemployment compensation, the Illinois Climate Change Act, food stamps or SNAP, free public transportation … ]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 02:27:44 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28098141-474/eric-cantors-defeat-an-alarm-about-danger-of-extremist-views.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28098141-474/eric-cantors-defeat-an-alarm-about-danger-of-extremist-views.html <![CDATA[ Algonquin grateful for Longmeadow Parkway funding approval ]]>

Algonquin grateful for Longmeadow Parkway funding approval The village of Algonquin is extremely happy to see the news of the funding of Longmeadow Parkway. Since Algonquin named Longmeadow Parkway some 20 years ago and subsequently set aside land and paved phase one, we have had a vision to see this as a new path across the Fox River to support the businesses and residents of northern Kane County. I would like to congratulate and thank Chris Lauzen and the Kane County Board for continuing this vision, and there are others who have had a major part in making this a … ]]> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 02:33:53 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27976760-474/algonquin-grateful-for-longmeadow-parkway-funding-approval.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27976760-474/algonquin-grateful-for-longmeadow-parkway-funding-approval.html <![CDATA[ Fracking is great, despite falsehoods ]]>

Fracking is great,  despite falsehoods States that are fracking are beating down their unemployment numbers, and wages are rising. Fracking has made us No. 1 in world gas production. Foreign manufacturing companies are taking another look at relocating here. Russian President Vladimir Putin is nervous because we now could supply Europe with gas. We also can see if fracking can be done in Eastern European countries, further lessening Putin’s grip on Eastern Europe. And liberals love telling falsehoods that have been proven to be falsehoods. The top 5 falsehoods about fracking are: 1: You can light your tap water on … ]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 02:22:53 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27868096-474/fracking-is-great-despite-falsehoods.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27868096-474/fracking-is-great-despite-falsehoods.html <![CDATA[ ‘Community eligibility’ can combat student hunger and boost their education ]]>

‘Community eligibility’ can combat student hunger and boost their education The school year may be winding down, but it’s the right time for schools in Illinois to sign up for a new option that will help them offer two meals a day at no charge to all of their students next year. “Community eligibility” operated in 4,000 schools in 11 states this year, and will be available nationwide in the coming school year. More than 22,000 schools around the country are now eligible to participate in community eligibility and have until June 30 to decide if they want to opt … ]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 02:27:20 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27830246-474/community-eligibility-can-combat-student-hunger-and-boost-their-education.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27830246-474/community-eligibility-can-combat-student-hunger-and-boost-their-education.html <![CDATA[ Digital devices for all students too costly, educationally unsound ]]>

Digital devices for all students too costly, educationally unsound School District U46 is considering buying a digital device for every student (an iPhone, iPad or Nook were mentioned). I am not in favor of that for both financial and educational reasons. First, the cost would be excessive and put a burden on taxpaying residents whether they had children in school or not. If you figure a price of $100 to $500 for each device, then for 40,000 students, the total expense would range from $4 million to $20 million. That would be unnecessary, excessive and therefore unacceptable. Another significant cost … ]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 02:32:32 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27630856-474/digital-devices-for-all-students-too-costly-educationally-unsound.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27630856-474/digital-devices-for-all-students-too-costly-educationally-unsound.html <![CDATA[ Will truth ever come out about Benghazi? ]]>

Will truth ever come out about Benghazi? In 2012, there was deadly attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing four Americans including a U.S. Ambassador. Reports state that their calls for help and reinforcements were ignored by the powers to be. A fifth congressional investigation into the crime is being formed. What I would like someone to tell me is what the body count was on the other side? Is it none? Is it true that they were ordered not to defend themselves? Is it true that the Marine or seal guards had only blanks and not real, live … ]]> Mon, 26 May 2014 02:25:27 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27630149-474/will-truth-ever-come-out-about-benghazi.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27630149-474/will-truth-ever-come-out-about-benghazi.html <![CDATA[ Follow EPA ruling and remove fluoride from our food supply ]]> Lead story image

Follow EPA ruling and remove fluoride from our food supply The federal farm bill recently signed into law by President Obama contains a provision that overrides a ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency to phase out the toxic fumigant sulfuryl fluoride because it leaves unsafe levels of fluoride residue on food. The aggregate dose that children receive from these residues along with the fluoride from other sources — including fluoridated water and dental products — exceeds the EPA’s safe reference dose for fluoride “especially in the case of infants and children,” which is why the EPA began the processing of … ]]> Fri, 23 May 2014 02:36:23 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27587689-474/follow-epa-ruling-and-remove-fluoride-from-our-food-supply.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27587689-474/follow-epa-ruling-and-remove-fluoride-from-our-food-supply.html <![CDATA[ Many have concerns about costly, coercive Common Core Standards ]]>

Many have concerns about costly, coercive Common Core Standards With great interest I saw that, in a 6-1 decision, the St. Charles School Board passed a resolution cautioning state lawmakers against any further implementation of the Common Core State Standards or tests associated with those standards. Specifically, the resolution requests that “elected state officials carefully review, question and oppose legislation that provides further appropriations for the development, implementation, field testing or administration of the Common Core Standards and the PARCC [Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers] assessment program.” The board’s concerns mirror my own that I laid … ]]> Thu, 22 May 2014 02:35:32 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27586504-474/many-have-concerns-about-costly-coercive-common-core-standards.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27586504-474/many-have-concerns-about-costly-coercive-common-core-standards.html <![CDATA[ Congress should not trade student health for political gain ]]>

Congress should not trade student health for political gain In November 2011, Congress decided that pizza sauce used in schools would count as a vegetable. As crazy as it sounded, not only did it pass, it set a dangerous precedent. One where a minority of congressional members could overrule years of nutritional science, trading kids’ health for political gain. Fast forward to May 2014, a few short months before the new Smart Snacks in Schools standards and updated whole grain and sodium requirements are to be implemented in schools across the country, and it looks as if the same folks … ]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 02:35:10 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27566942-474/congress-should-not-trade-student-health-for-political-gain.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27566942-474/congress-should-not-trade-student-health-for-political-gain.html <![CDATA[ Save money, help lives: Support the Illinois Poison Center ]]>

Save money, help lives: Support the Illinois Poison Center Fifty-two million dollars. That is how much the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) saves our state each year. In a state plagued with budgetary issues, this cost savings benefits all Illinoisans. But for me, it’s not merely only about the money. To me, the IPC is invaluable. How do you put a price tag on the 82,000 lives this service touches each year? As the co-chair of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Committee and chairman of the State EMS Advisory Council, I know this resource is necessary to protect the … ]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:32:22 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27467080-474/save-money-help-lives-support-the-illinois-poison-center.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27467080-474/save-money-help-lives-support-the-illinois-poison-center.html <![CDATA[ Oceans of climate data, but Rubio is swimming against tide ]]>

Oceans of climate data, but Rubio is swimming against tide Referring to overwhelming scientific evidence that people are causing the planet to warm, tea party Sen. Marco Rubio says, “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it.” He is among the Republican politicians who don’t believe in science and that driving cars and burning coal don’t adversely affect the climate. He denies the recent report by nearly 250 scientists and economists that pollution generated by human activity is already costing Americans by raising the temperature of … ]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:55:32 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27444486-474/oceans-of-climate-data-but-rubio-is-swimming-against-tide.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27444486-474/oceans-of-climate-data-but-rubio-is-swimming-against-tide.html <![CDATA[ Ryan’s budget cuts would kill hope — except for the wealthy ]]>

Ryan’s budget cuts would kill hope —  except for the wealthy U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s newest budget marks the seventh time he has tried to ram his anti-middle-class and environment budget through Congress. Why would he strangle the middle class when the average income for 90 percent of workers is now at 1966 rates? His cuts would include cuts to food stamps by $126 billion, cuts to student loans (Pell Grants) by $700 billion, and cuts to education by 24 percent by 2024; block increasing the minimum wage; turn Medicare into a voucher system; increase military spending by $483 billion; … ]]> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 06:22:51 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27401009-474/ryans-budget-cuts-would-kill-hope-except-for-the-wealthy.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27401009-474/ryans-budget-cuts-would-kill-hope-except-for-the-wealthy.html <![CDATA[ ]]>

‘Fracking’ is a toxic process that needs government regulation Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is the newer process of drilling for natural gas. It id done by forcing at high pressure a combination of water, silica and cancer-causing chemicals into concrete-lined shafts one to two down, which then branch off horizontally another one to five miles, to form cracks (fractures) in the shale (rock) deep down under the soil to release natural gas from the shale. Each well is fracked and re-fracked with hundreds of thousands of gallons of chemicals and sand, and each well can also have up to six horizontal … ]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 06:18:51 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27356987-474/story.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27356987-474/story.html <![CDATA[ State can’t afford to keep taxes up to benefit nonprofit hospitals ]]>

State can’t afford to keep taxes up to help nonprofit hospitals Maryjane Wurth, president and CEO of the Illinois Hospital Association, urges “continuation of current tax rates ... as political courage and statesmanship” (Letters, April 25). I disagree. Three of our Naperville friends on fixed incomes already have left the state due to current tax rates. A fourth closes on their home sale later this week and plans to leave the state within the next year or so. A fifth plans to seek refuge in Florida after the marriage of one of their children next year. I have been a … ]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:17:27 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27276439-474/state-cant-afford-to-keep-taxes-up-to-benefit-nonprofit-hospitals.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27276439-474/state-cant-afford-to-keep-taxes-up-to-benefit-nonprofit-hospitals.html <![CDATA[ May is Mental Health Awareness Month; let’s break down barriers ]]>

May is Mental Health Awareness Month; let’s break down barriers President Obama has declared May as Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s time. Let’s start the conversation about mental illness, and I will begin it. I am a relative of, a parent of, a friend of and a community member of people who have a mental illness. These illnesses are equal-opportunity illnesses, no matter your ethnicity, your religion, your financial worth or your educational background. One in four families will be touched by a mental illness, which includes depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, eating disorders, ADHD, anxiety, panic or borderline personality disorder, Seasonal … ]]> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 06:12:28 -0500 http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27236606-474/may-is-mental-health-awareness-month-lets-break-down-barriers.html http://couriernews.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/27236606-474/may-is-mental-health-awareness-month-lets-break-down-barriers.html