Category: Commentary

John Whitehead

More than give thanks, paying blessings forward important

Listen: I know it’s been a hard, heart-wrenching, stomach-churning, kind of year. It’s been a year of hotheads and blowhards and killing sprees and bloodshed and takedowns. It’s been a year in which tyranny took a few more steps forward and freedom got knocked down a few more notches. It’s...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

’Tis the season: Attitude of gratitude best fits our thankfulness

Thanksgiving Day should remind us that our glass is half-full and not half-empty. We should express and feel an attitude of gratitude. We should think thanksgiving every day. Problems arise for some of us whose level of expectations are so high that their concept either is they are certain they...

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Suicide Prevention presentation at Oswego Public Library Montgomery Campus Joel Frieders

Suicide: Let’s Talk About It

Joel Frieders, Yorkville alderman and founder of NSPAMP (National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Proclamation Project), presents a talk on suicide prevention sponsored by the Oswego Lions Club in a free community event at the Montgomery Campus of the Oswego Public Library Friday, Nov. 2. He relentlessly has been an advocate...

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Closer to home, relations, press and elected officials, civil

By Anthony Stanford –  It’s not just members of the White House press corps who are appalled by the treatment of their colleagues by the president of the United States. More often it concerns every-day Americans that the vitriol and personal attacks referring to the media, as “enemies of the...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

This election season confirms need to be involved, to do better

Another election season has passed. With the hyperbole and nastiness given a break following the November 6 elections we can rest with the knowledge that the twin functions of candidates will return. We would like to think not too soon. It is disconcerting that negative advertising works for candidates. Sanity...

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John Whitehead

Learning to live together key to keeping our republic

Yet another shooting. Yet another smear of ugliness, hatred, and violence. Yet another ratcheting up of the calls for the government to clamp down on the citizenry by imposing more costly security measures without any real benefit, more militarized police, more surveillance, more gun control measures, more metal detectors, and...

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Reader’s Commentary: Request made in Nov. 6 vote for Kane County Board

By Christopher J. Lauzen, Kane County Board chairman –  Let’s say you’re the hiring manager for the Kane County Board, because that’s exactly what you are. Four years ago, the good people of the Southeast Side of Aurora made an unintentional error by selecting Don Ishmael for County Board. He...

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Fundraiser forum

Thanksgiving dinner in Plano Nov. 8 A complete turkey supper with all the trimmings will be available from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at Plano United Methodist Church, Hale and Clark Streets, in Plano. Food will be served at 5 p.m. with seating or carry outs. Reservations...

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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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