Category: Commentary

September students of the month, from left, Maya Rodriguez, Dayanara Tapia, Synthia Gonzalez, Natalie Leon, and Carson Gill. Submitted photo

Students, staff members, at Plano High School receive honors

Plano High School staff members nominated students for “Student of the Month” for September. Students are nominated for pride behavior, personal responsibility, respect, involved academically, demonstrates safe behavior, and excellence in what they do. Some reasons for nomination include making efforts to grow as an individual, translating class direction with...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Active, compatible lifestyles: Predictability and spontaneity

Predictability. Spontaneity. Both are a parts of our worlds, the fabric of our society. We can be just one strain, or, continually act in the other. Likely the best of each keeps us fresh and in focus at the same time. The joy of each day is relying on predictability...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

A small world, after all! Just check origin of all items

“ It’s A Small World, after all. It’s A Small, Small World.” —Written by the Sherman Brothers in response to the 1962 Cuban Missle crisis. What do you think the balance of trade is vis a vis the United States and the Chinese? The deficit is the excess of imports...

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Wayne Johnson

Payment, please, for services not rendered, again

The other day, I was thinking about phone books. You younger readers are probably wondering which planet I’m from, but that’s beside the point. Phone books were big, two-to-three-inch-thick books listing the phone numbers of every human in a city. Every human who had a phone, at least. Many times,...

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John Whitehead

Endless free fall down a rabbit hole: Post-9/11 life

Life in a post-9/11 America increasingly feels as through it is an endless free fall down a rabbit hole into a terrifying, dystopian alternative reality in which the citizenry has no rights, the government is no friend to freedom, and everything we ever knew and loved about the values and...

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Charles Coddintgon

Difficult English pronunciation varies with variety

Frum thuh vawlt (November 3, 2011, reevized): Thuh disserneen reeder will notiss immeedeeuhtlee that thair iz sumthing rather differuhnt abowt thiss essay. Evereewun elss will haff too stuhdee it uh bit too reelize whuht iz differuhnt abowt it. Hee or shee may naht eeven beeleeve hee or shee iz reedeen...

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Donna Crane

Comedian, author, D. L. Hughley finds nothing funny about racism

First of three parts –  Comedian and author D.L. Hughley has made the rounds to promote his new book “How Not To Get Shot and other advice from white people.” Hughley has a wonderful sense of humor which he exhibited on shows, but it saddens me that as a society...

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Wayne Johnson

Life used to be tougher for some: Uphill both ways

During Labor Day weekend I lived up to the spirit of the holiday by doing labor: Cleaning gutters, moving furniture, and whining. The whining accounted for the majority of the labor. Speaking of labor, my unwritten rule for employment is to do just enough to keep from getting fired because,...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Summer activites rush to a close in Aurora and Naperville

Many items fill this page, which is a reflection of many the activities which rush to cross the bridge prior to and following Labor Day. It is Labor Day for many who reduce the Summer activities and resume a less hectic pace. Certainly last weekend in Aurora there was a...

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Charles Coddintgon

The Chas delineates his military experience

If you have been following Wayne Johnson’s contributions to this publication, dear reader, you will know that he has spent some time in the military. By all accounts, it was a rich and rewarding experience, and he has cherished it ever since. Sadly, the same cannot be said of my...

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Ask Grandpa

Ask Grandpa: On full respect for Old Glory in any condition

Grandpa, I would like to start by saying I truly enjoy The Voice, but especially Ask Grandpa. You always seem to have very well thought out and very honed, heartfelt feedback to all your readers. Maybe you could share your thoughts and insights into an issue I am seeing all...

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In defense of vibrant, complex, economic giant, Illinois

By Jackie LaVia –  It’s human nature to be more inclined to complain and give a bad review than it is to speak up and give a good review. I think YELP, an internet-based service review website, proves that. One-hundred individuals will have a good meal, and only one will...

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John Whitehead

U.S. battlefield includes maintaining representative government

• Police in a small Georgia town tasered a five-foot-two and 87-year-old woman who was using a kitchen knife to cut dandelions for use in a recipe. Police claim they had no choice but to taser the old woman, who does not speak English, but was smiling at police to...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Examination of tea: Chinese medicine, trade, savoring it

“Tea comforts the spirit, lightens the body and adds sparkle to the eyes.” —Shennong In Chinese medicine during the Tang and Song dynasties, the medicinal effects of tea were recommended for curing and preventing many ills. Tea was believed to dissolve fats and assist with digestion. Because of its antioxidant...

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John Whitehead

Emerging police state a growing sense of unease

It has become way too easy to lockdown this Nation. Five years ago, Boston was locked down while police carried out a military-style manhunt for suspects in the 2013 Boston Marathon explosion. Four years ago, Ferguson, Mo., was locked down, with government officials deploying a massive SWAT team, an armored...

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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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