Category: Commentary

Carter Crane editor of The Voice

On teachers, pets, music, Batavia honors

Here are some important notes and thoughts: • In our back-to-school mindset, it is refreshing to know that there are teachers who put innovation and thinking outside the usual as a part of their calling, not just their jobs. Teachers play important roles. • The Aurora Animal Care and Control...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Cincinnati offers visitors interesting sites, libraries

My Uncle Jim and Aunt Jo O’Brien and their six children lived in the Price Hill area of Cincinnati, Ohio. As a child my family visited them and all the children were taken to a municipal pool/playground area where we spent hours having fun. I remember both how hilly the...

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Charles Coddintgon

Recommendations real to assist U.S. security realignment

Have you noticed, dear reader, how the news media have lionized the national-security apparatchiks lately? Persons named Brennan, Clapper, Comey, and Hayes are being transformed into “dedicated public servants” because they dare to criticize president Donald Trump’s foreign policies, particularly where Russian president Vladimir Putin-worship is concerned. We seem to...

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John Whitehead

What a mess: Free speech no longer free; now regulated

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” —Benjamin Franklin What a mess. As America has become ever more polarized, and those polarized factions have become more militant and less inclined to listen to, or even allow for the existence of, other...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Bold: Roller-blade travel; Serenity Park, LaSalle Auto Show

We do live in a wide world. There are many facets to our world if we wander and wonder. If we look around and absorb. There are examples from which to choose: • A 23-year-old woman feeds her desire to be distinctive and live in a world which receives kindness...

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Donna Crane

Beyond Meat seeks products with proper texture, chew

Second of three parts –  Rina Raphael of FastCompany visited Beyond Meat’s analytical lab which seeks to match non-meat with beef’s taste. Her report on the tour in the Los Angeles plant continues: “Later during my facility tour, Daniel Ryan, Beyond Meat’s director of chemistry, works with the ‘E-nose’ aroma...

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John Whitehead

On war: U.S. reality, top 10 movies, revealing

Seventy-three years ago (August 6, 1945 and August 9, 1945) the United States unleashed atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and killed more than 200,000 individuals, many of whom were civilians. Fast forward to the present day, and the U.S. military, under president Donald Trump’s leadership,...

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Chuck Roberts and Charlie Zine reach the dock Monday, July 23 in Ottawa at the end of their eight-day, 202-mile trip in Ottawa at the confluence of the Fox River and Illinois River.

Following the flow down Fox River: All 202 miles

By Charlie Zine –  Editor’s note: Charlie Zine and Chuck Roberts completed an eight-day, 202-mile journey from Colgate, Wis. to Ottawa and finished Monday, July 23. There were two photos on the front page of The Voice last week. Here is Charlie Zine’s focus on the trip. I have enjoyed...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Public Art offers community spirit in three downtown sites

Public art often is taken lightly. However, public art can add the touches to communities which brings togetherness, a light touch, and offers a serious vein of accomplishment. Even controversy can be found in discussions of what is art and what is the symbolism? Public art in three downtown communities,...

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Donna Crane

Beyond Meat tests continual, matches beef’s taste

First of three parts Our society will be faced with many decisions regarding our future food consumption. Having been raised on a farm where we produced our own meats and vegetables, it was a seemingly healthy lifestyle. We fed our animals grains and hay which we harvested and then after...

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Charles Coddintgon

On relations, history, of the United States and Russia

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear. When it comes to relations between the United States and Russia, there aren’t any good guys present. Both countries have been at war, a cold war, to be sure, with each other since the end of World War I. Do you doubt me, dear...

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Reader’s Commentary: Responsibility of positive changes a shared goal

By Dr. Claudio Ruiz –  We all are becoming very much aware of the changes that are taking place in our planet. These changes include positive discoveries and ways to make life better and easier. However, at the same time there has been an increase of negative conditions that in...

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John Whitehead

Deep State alive and well: Threat to our freedoms

There are those who would have you believe that president Donald Trump is an unwitting victim of the Deep State. And then there are those who insist that the Deep State is a figment of a conspiratorial mind. Don’t believe the latter. The Deep State, a.k.a. the police state, a.k.a....

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Wayne Johnson

Filled with frustrations on using both sundial, moondial

I bought a sundial. With recent power outages, I was tired of seeing all the 12:00s on every digital clock in the house and then having to reset them. At least with a sundial, there’s no resetting no matter how many times the power goes kaput. I’ve had some experience...

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Amy Roth

Personal version family recollection, of ‘Hillbilly Elegy’

“Hillbilly Elegy” A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis is a book by J.D. Vance. My mother was a hillbilly. Let me say upfront that she did not view that term as derogatory. Born in Tennessee and raised in West Virginia, her father, Christopher Columbus “Lum” Austin, was...

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John Whitehead

Political television programming: Captive audience, a farce

“Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours….When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their...

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Charles Coddintgon

Discussion of economic stirrings in U.S. evolves to agenda

The United States of America used to be the home of the brave and the land of the free. Not anymore. Now, it is the home of the rich and fatuous and the land of unfettered greed. With the Donald Trump administration in place, capitalism once again has run rampant....

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Good intentions for an individual may backfire

Dale was a widower of about two years, in his late 70s.​ He never had pets, but his grown daughter decided he needed a puppy because he seemed lonely. Dale said he enjoyed being alone and it didn’t mean he was lonely. He was happy reading, watching sports, hanging out...

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