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Keep status quo of inclusion in District 211

Regarding the upcoming election in Palatine Township School District 211, I encourage my peers and neighbors to vote for the experienced and progressive slate of LeFevre, Klimkowicz and Yung. Apparently, at stake is the stability of the schools' "inclusiveness" policies as well as assuring they continue to have experienced folks on the board. Even though I live 30 miles away to the north, I wish to share concerns about this upcoming election that I feel District 211 residents should seriously consider:

(1) Even though I and many others do not live in D211 boundaries, voters in D211 need to be aware that all area schools and their policies can impact the entire Chicago region. Area students and parents often have to visit other schools for extracurricular activities. I take comfort in knowing that me and/or my kids are visiting positive and inclusive public school environments managed by experienced board members.

(2) A given school and its policies can positively or negatively affect the look and feel of the entire Chicagoland region. Folks considering moving to Illinois from another state very likely consider a prospective regions overall school culture and quality in their decision to relocate. Chicagoland is a culturally diverse area. For us to remain a viable economic base for jobs and growth, it's critical that all area schools share the same positive "inclusive" environments.

(3) Quality and stability of a school district keep property tax bills stable as well as protects your property values.

Students deserve not only an inclusive environment to grow and learn, but a stable environment as well. Let's keep experience and inclusiveness as the status quo: Vote LeFevre, Klimkowicz and Yung. in D211 on April 4th.

Kevin Dahnert

Lindenhurst

Right values and ideas

I highly recommend Paul Schulz for school board, Warren Township High School District 121. Paul is a longtime resident of Gurnee. He and his wife Bonni have been very involved in our community. Their four children graduated from Warren Township High School. Paul has volunteered countless hours supporting various community and school programs.

Paul is a very accomplished business professional with experience in finance and budgeting. He believes in the value of a public education for our children and the positive economic benefits of a strong educational system. Paul is hardworking and is great at communicating and building relationships. He will work tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of Gurnee to ensure the long-term success of our community through strong education programs.

As a parent and resident of the school district, Paul Schulz is the person with the values and ideas to represent our community on the school board.

Bob Russell

Grayslake

Morally despicable

The relentless, merciless and gratuitous slaughter of rhinos and elephants in derelict countries like Zimbabwe, South Africa and Kenya continues. These nations have many valiant defenders of wildlife, but they are outnumbered by corrupt and violently greedy criminals and even governmental officials. To make matters worse, brazen poachers recently slaughtered a rhino in a compassionate French zoo and malevolently "sawed off" its horns. This is proof that the international community has direly failed to safeguard these iconic species and to rightfully deter and punish their heinous killers. Mankind's monstrous and lethal cruelty to the animal kingdom is perpetuating and intensifying in the most egregious manner imaginable. This is morally despicable.

Brien Comerford

Glenview

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