Category: Opinion

Reader’s Voice: A clarification on genetics article

November 22, 2018 Dear editor; Charles Coddington’s article in last week’s issue of The Voice about the genetics of sexual orientation was well written and insightful (click here for the article). There is but one clarification I would offer. Mr. Coddington, a man for whom I hold great respect, quotes…...

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Ask Grandpa: A follow-up to ring-bearer at wedding

Grandpa, This is (names withheld by Grandpa for their privacy). In May we wrote to you about our daughter being the ring bearer in our wedding (See Ask Grandpa, The Voice, May 31, 2018). After we wrote you, (groom’s) sister let us know that she had hoped to be the…...

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Dorothy and the Scarecrow interact during the Wizard of Oz at the Paramount Theatre Broadway Series. The production will run through January 6, 2019. Liz Laruen photo

Dorothy and companions: Innocence and wonder in Wizard of Oz

By Joani Foster –  Another must-see performance at the Paramount Theatre, Wizard of Oz, is wowing audiences just as top performances have since 1931 in Aurora. It is not just for children. It is truly for everyone. This production is a burst of happiness. We all could use a little…...

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North Aurora resident Sid Pearce describes the 14 hours of noise each day from grading and site preparation north of her home on Ridge Road to the North Aurora Village board Monday. The site of the former Fox Valley Golf Course is set to be a subdivsion of homes. Village administrator Steve Bosco said they are trying to get the land graded and prepared for roads before the asphalt factories close at the end of November. • Consent was given to create the Village’s first truancy ordinance in cooperation with West Aurora School District 129 at the Committee of the Whole meeting. The ordinance will help deal with students who are habitually absent. Violators over the age of 13 years may be subject to a fine, or community service, or both. If the violator is under 13 years of age, the parent or custodian of the violator is subject to the fine or community service, or both. The fine discussed was up to $750. • Consent was given to add music and more amplified speakers to the July 3 fireworks show. Melrose Pyrotechnics informed the Village, the cost for the $25,000 shows in the past has increased $3,800 to $28,800 due to new safety regulations passed in China where their fireworks are purchased. The Board agreed to reduce the approximately 20-minute show to 16 or 17 minutes in 2019 to keep the cost the same $25,000 in 2018. The final votes are set for the December 3 Village Board meeting. Jason Crane/The Voice

North Aurora: Construction, music, fireworks:

North Aurora resident Sid Pearce describes the 14 hours of noise each day from grading and site preparation north of her home on Ridge Road to the North Aurora Village board Monday. The site of the former Fox Valley Golf Course is set to be a subdivsion of homes. Village…...

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Ask Grandpa: Thank you letters from the prison system

Grandpa says: Happy Thanksgiving to all. I am publishing letters from convicts and ex-convicts who have written to tell of their gratitude for the prison system. Grandpa is not replying to these letters in print. Grandpa is neither endorsing nor condemning these statements. Opinions expressed are those of the writer…....

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Wayne Johnson

Seriously, something smashing to upset us: Pumpkin rights

Each week I receive my copy of The Voice, provided the USPS hasn’t routed it through Upper Silesia, and read it front to back. A couple of weeks ago in the “Readers’ Voice” section, a gentleman wrote an intelligent, fairly non-judgmental rebuttal to a lady who, in a previous edition,…...

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Ask Grandpa: On mulling over privacy, pablum, problems

Grandpa, You are such an idiot. Do you really believe half of the goody- two-shoes advice you give? Sometimes you don’t even give them advice, you just gloss over the problem with pablum in print. And that (deleted) about telling you what people are grateful for on Thanksgiving! It is…...

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Reader’s Voice: Debate on homosexuality, abortion, continues

October 21, 2018 Dear editor; Homosexuality is both a moral and political issue, and problem, Mr. Johnson (whose letter was in The Voice October 18. Click here to see). Here in Aurora and in Springfield, the Democratic Party, which rules over us, has made it so. Mayor Richard C. Irvin…...

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Reader’s Voice: Vote Yes for Blackberry Township Roads

October 30, 2018 Dear editor; This issue will not go away, but only will get worse and cost us more if we keep putting it off.  I’m as fed up as everyone with taxes we pay, but the current funding for Blackberry Township roads is inadequate to maintain them. I attended…...

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Reader’s Voice: ALS Walk for Life keeps hope alive

October 9, 2018 Dear editor; ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a rapidly progressive, terminal neuromuscular disease that causes muscle weakness in the arms and legs, and difficulty speaking and swallowing. ALS causes the body to deteriorate, but the sprint and resilience of those affected by the disease continues to inspire…...

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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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Ask Grandpa: Sounds from above: Let it be

Grandpa says: Just a couple of reminders. When resetting your clocks Saturday night, don’t forget to put new batteries into your smoke detectors and CO detectors. Tuesday is election day so get out and vote! Voting is more than a privilege, it is a responsibility. Grandpa, I have lived in…...

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Reader’s Voice: Staying on political toes, even at 100 years

October 5, 2018 Dear editor; Columnist John W. Whitehead’s reminder of what citizens’ rights are protected by the amendments to the U.S. Constitution in his column September 27, in The Voice was appreciated. It cast light on where these amendments are losing their punch. Seeing it in print reminds me…...

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Ask Grandpa: Halloween Day advice: Be careful

Grandpa says: Beloved readers, Wednesday, Oct. 31 will be Halloween Day. Many communities have various ordinances about trick or treating. Please check the The Voice to know what each community is doing. Drivers must beware of the little hobgoblins and humanoids foraging through the neighborhoods. Parents and guardians, should make…...

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