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  • Daily Herald photo/Mark Black The state of Illinois is looking into removing the Geneva dam due to several deaths in recent years.

    Editorial: Dams like Geneva’s are constant dangerApr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial implores Fox River enthusiasts to learn about the dangers of low-head dams in the wake of a recent death in Geneva.

     
  • Don’t let the ‘1%’ take reins of governmentApr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: We live in a world today in which it’s not what you do or what your character amounts to. It’s what your (known) bank account amounts to. It’s how much money a few individuals can spend to get the person elected to satisfy his/her ego or the master plan of the 1 percent.

     
  • A positive experience with charter schoolsApr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Charter schools will always have my support, here, there and everywhere in this country. Bless all the folks who took it upon themselves to start all the children on the right foot for learning, and for their caring efforts to take on the so-called public school system.

     
  • Where the only rule is terrorApr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Some global threats come from leaders intoxicated by sovereignty. But other threats and suffering emerge in the voids and gaps of sovereignty, which require our sustained attention as well.

     
  • Familiar parallels in UkraineApr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: It's clear that the Russia of Gorbachev and Yeltsin is gone and something new and yet familiar has taken its place. The Obama administration recognizes the new reality and is appropriately dusting off Cold War playbooks. Russia, it seems, may be turning its back on Europe — but not, ominously, on some of its ugly 20th-century history.

     
  • Political correctness threatens schoolApr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I saw in the Daily Herald of April 16 that the Prairie Crossing Charter School was criticized and threatened for lack of diversity by commission member Milton Wharton, who voted against the school charter renewal.

     
  • Tell us why you'd be good for our On the Table chatApr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Daily Herald is inviting subscribers to participate in On the Table community-building conversations it will host May 12 in cooperation with The Chicago Community Trust. To get involved, email onthetable@dailyherald.com with your name, home town, why you'd like to participate and what you bring to the table. There'll be a breakfast in Elgin, lunch in Schaumburg and dinners in Elgin, Mundelein and Downers Grove.

     
  • Paul Valade/pvalade@dailyherald.com Officials expect this to be the worst construction season in recent memory in the Chicago area.

    Editorial: Slow down, be smart in road construction zonesApr 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial urges motorists to slow down, stay calm and be smart behind the wheel in constructions zones where hazard and patience often have an inverse relationship.

     
  • Illinois should at least ‘break even’Apr 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Aurora letter to the editor: I appreciate the Daily Herald’s efforts to identify ways to improve the efficiency of our state and local governments. However, another topic I would like you to report on is the phenomenon of “Payers and Takers.”

     
  • Kane forest board doesn’t get missionApr 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: Once again, the Kane County Forest Preserve District has demonstrated why forest preserve commissioners should be elected separately from county board members. Instead of acting solely in the interests of our forest preserves, they are playing “Let’s Make a Deal” with ComEd over the routing of huge new steel towers to carry power lines.

     
  • Putin will continue dancing to his own tuneApr 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The new “agreement” between Russia, the U.S. and our allies is exactly what the former KGB agent ordered. News: This isn’t to say it’s not a good “prospect” for ending tensions in Ukraine, as President Obama has said. But neither should it surprise anyone that Vladimir Putin is willing to step back from that country — not to ease economic sanctions but to satisfy his own designs.

     
  • David From

    Progressive tax unfair to taxpayersApr 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Guest columnist David From: There are a lot of competing proposals swirling around Springfield to raise Illinoisans’ taxes in order to perpetuate all of the things government spends money on. But who is looking out for the taxpayer?

     
  • Mafia unworthy of academics’ obsessionApr 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    A letter to the editor: “Et tu, “Brute?” We refer to Burt Constable’s recent profile of Wayne A. Johnson’s college course on “the mob.” We know: Mr. Constable is just doing his job. But, it’s funny how professors who don’t share the media’s — and now, alas, academia’s — obsession with Italian-surnamed criminals never get equal time or coverage.

     
  • All of us have duty to report hate crimesApr 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Trying to make sense of the senseless, many are asking what precipitated the murders of three people outside a Jewish retirement facility and community center in America’s heartland. The question begs an excuse for an act so heinous that there is none, and it reveals how little we understand about hate crimes and those who carry them out.

     
  • Local farmers provide more healthful produceApr 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Sugar Grove letter to the editor: Veggies, fruits and eggs harvested within a day or two of a farmers market are fresh, crisp, loaded with flavor and packed with nutrients. Today, more than ever, it is so important to understand where and how your produce, eggs and meat have been grown.

     
  • Lawmakers have power to make change nowApr 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Inverness letter to the editor: The legislature already has the power to set both the nominal flat income tax rate and the point at which it begins to be levied. The higher the attachment point, the lower the effective tax rate for lower income earners — converting a nominally flat tax rate into a graduated effective tax rate.

     
  • Pastors misguided belief in Fair TaxApr 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Warrenville letter to the editor: I had to smile, when I read the letter from a coalition of pastors, advocating a “Fair Tax” in Illinois. The Fair Tax compels high income persons to pay a higher percentage of taxes than low income persons. They argue that God, in Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions, obligates us to help the poor.

     
  • Reconsider plans to end Leap programsApr 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I have concerns about Naperville District 203’s recently announced proposal to eliminate the long-standing Leap and K-Leap reading programs. I am the mother of three District 203 graduates, and a former elementary school library media center director and children’s services librarian. In the early 1990s, I worked for two years as a Leap Tutor.

     
  • School versus food not much of a choiceApr 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: “The Freshman 15” is an expression commonly used that refers to the weight often gained during a student’s first year at college. However, for some of Illinois’ college students this euphemism could not be farther from the truth.

     
  • Martial arts do not teach violenceApr 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Recently the Daily Herald published an article titled “For Some Kids, Martial Arts Can Be Offensive.” I own and operate a martial arts dojo in St. Charles, and thought sharing the other side of the story was important and necessary for the community to hear.

     
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