Category: Commentary

Importance of Flag Day elevated by setting a good example

Flag Day continues to lose its importance each decade. It is only a symbol. Sometimes symbols are revered and can be overlooked as unimportant. They are only as significant as we make them. Flag Day should have a special place for the Fox Valley/west suburban area, especially Batavia and Aurora....

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Parkland students showing political strength since shooting

Last of two parts J.J. McCorvey of Fast Company magazine continues his updates of the fatal shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School in Parkland, Fla.. “The movement’s strength resides in the roughly four million Americans who will turn 18 this year and be able to influence the midterm...

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No one above the law in the U.S., including the president

Someone needs to alert Donald Trump: There is no get-out-of-jail-free” card just for being president. According to Trump’s Twitter feed, he believes that he has an absolute right to pardon himself of any crimes for which he might be charged while serving in office. He’s not alone in this imperial...

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Milestone achieved by The Voice, nonetheless, a look ahead

Milestones come and go, are meant to be savored, considered, and to be deposited in place with a view to the future. The Voice has achieved a milestone of 10 years in publishing a small community newspaper each week for 52 weeks. We reflect the events, thoughts, and future of...

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Parkland five teens formed #NeverAgain movement

First of two parts J.J. McCorvey, of FastCompany contributed the following article which brings up to date the fatal shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. February 14. “Cameron Kasky recalls the eerie realization that descended upon the kids huddled in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSP) High School...

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Suggestions: Steps to create new U.S. foreign policy

How not to conduct foreign policy: Just follow the example of Donald J. Trump in all aspects of dealing with other sovereign nations, as follows: • Step one. Change the direction of your policy statements every day, based upon the opinion of the last person you speak to before retiring...

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Problems with U.S. government require us to take action

There are days I wake up, and I’m not sure what country I live in any more. There are days I wake up and want to go right back to sleep in the hopes that this surreal landscape of government-sanctioned injustice, corruption, and brutality, is just a really bad dream....

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Sports can be helpful in connecting with youthful growth

Even though there is a tendency to make separate our activities as though they were not part of the whole, the contrary is more visible. Sports do not contain an identity unto their own. There are examples: • Jesse “The Law” Torres is a former Aurora policeman and a former...

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Desks help African kids through television host, audience

Lawrence O’Donnell, the host of “The Last Word” the cable television show on  MSNBC had an inspiring segment recently. It  featured a young woman from Malawi in southwest Africa named Maureen, whose goal in life is to be a doctor. The joy this young girl expressed during the show was...

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Sounds: Wind, church bells, snow on a roof, Aria’s joy, silence

Morning arrived again, just as it always does. Morning, when all is possible, and no new troubles come to visit. I heard the sound of a plane flying overhead on its way east or west. I heard the morning birds chirping. I heard the train’s moan when it headed north....

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On handling special orders in U.S. Army back in the day

Just as in years past around Memorial Day, I like to write a military-themed column, sometimes dealing with my illustrious military career, the last half of which was spent in the offices of U.S. Eighth Army Headquarters G-1 in Seoul, Korea. My fellow troopers and I were ready at a...

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Reader’s Commentary: Recalling the storied existence of St. Peter school in Aurora

By Don Jungels –  I read with interest in the May 10 issue of The Voice that Our Lady of Good Counsel, St. Therese, St. Joseph, and St. Peter were consolidating to become one school in the next school year. How sad! The new name for all four will be...

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Students’ Voice: Ready Player One bright visuals contrast to reality

By Sean Nash, senior –  Grace Holistic Center for Education in Yorkville –  Ready Player One is a critically-acclaimed movie directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the book by Ernest Cline. Bright and lively visuals of the virtual world contrasts dramatically with the grim and bleak world of reality. The...

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Speak up: Make activism count for more than politics

Those coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered by young persons. In addition to being overtaxed and underemployed, they will be forced to march in lockstep with a government that no longer exists to serve the people, but which demands they be obedient slaves...

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Just a thought on possible Nobel Peace Prize for president

A Nobel Peace Prize for Donald J. Trump? Already, Republicans in Congress are cobbling together the required application to be presented to the Nobel Prize Committee. They cite the upcoming talks between Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Un-jong, which may result in the long-awaited end to the Korean War...

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Investing in the Arts in Aurora, invests in the future

By Thomas J. Weisner, former mayor of Aurora –  It has been an eventful Spring for Aurora’s downtown. The Paramount Theatre was host to comedian Jay Leno in late April and, for a full one-and-a-half hours, the “house” was full of both an audience and unrestrained laughter. The fourth and...

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