The Soapbox: Daily Herald editors offer brief thoughts on suburban topics in the news.
Our hero dog
The Lake County sheriff's police dog, Dax, and Deputy John Forlenza became national celebrities this week with appearances on NBC's Today Show and the American Humane Hero Dog Awards Gala. They didn't ultimately win the overall award at the gala, but it was still a great showing by a great team. We're doggone proud.
A lot to say, a lot to hear
Buffalo Grove trustees heard more than four hours of public comment on recreational marijuana before voting about 1 a.m. Tuesday to allow sales in the village. Some in the audience shouted "Shame on you!" after the decision, but the board can't be accused of refusing to let residents say their piece.
Station stop still standing
A friendly face and a selection of snacks, newspapers and other necessities make the Gateway Newsstand a welcome part of the Arlington Heights Metra station, and the shop's presence helps keep the station secure. So it made sense for the village to cut rent by $300 a month to avert the shop's closure.
County board bullying
It's sad that DuPage County Board members feel they need to create and adopt a harassment policy that specifically protects board members and countywide officials from bullying and intimidation. It would be nice to think our elected officials can disagree on policy and approaches without needing a law requiring civility.
Fifty-five years is a long time for anything, especially for a rock band. So when The Ides of March -- product of Berwyn, with the four original members Jim Peterik, Larry Millas, Bob Bergland and Mike Borch -- perform their 55th anniversary concert at 8 p.m. today at Waukegan's Genesee Theatre, it's a big deal. Play on, we say, play on.
Schaumburg all-in on bollards
Schaumburg is to be commended for moving quickly to get protective barriers up at all Woodfield Mall entrances, and potentially at other vulnerable commercial buildings. The proposed law may be ready for trustees by mid-November. We hope officials in other suburbs pay attention and follow suit.
Meanwhile, on taxes
Schaumburg's village finance committee is recommending a 5% reduction in the property tax levy -- bringing the levy to 17.7% less than what it was when it was installed a decade ago. Initiating the tax was a difficult decision for the village and the community. It's good to see leaders showing a consistent commitment to reducing the burden.
In the high school football world, tonight is akin to the NCAA basketball tournament "Selection Sunday." Tonight, the IHSA will reveal the pairings for the upcoming state football playoffs, To all those who make it in, we say, good luck. Play hard, play to win and have fun.
A reminder to tape on the refrigerator
Life is precious. Don't sweat the small stuff. Be kind. Spread joy. Let the people you love know you love them. Embrace every moment. Remember that all of it is a gift.