The Soapbox: Daily Herald editors offer brief thoughts on suburban topics in the news
Red by default
If you don't see green, assume it's red. That rule for stoplights that aren't operating also applies to stoplights that are caked with snow, as many were this week. Treat it like a stop sign, and expect unpredictability -- drivers coming from other directions might be able to see the stoplights, or not.
So much for fall
The calendar says it's fall for a few more weeks, but we got a big pre-winter shot with a foot of wet, heavy, windblown snow. It clogged roads, was backbreaking to shovel and knocked out power to thousands for several days. There's no way to sugarcoat this -- winter's coming, so get ready.
Consolidation marches on
A Republican representative -- David McSweeney of Barrington -- and a Democratic senator -- Terry Link of Waukegan moved the needle on consolidation this week. The measure they introduced was quickly approved and is awaiting the governor's signature. It affects townships only in McHenry and Lake counties, but may lead to action statewide. Let's hope.
College of DuPage's artistic coup
Congratulations to College of DuPage, which will exhibit 26 works by cultural icon and famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo from June to August 2020. It's been 40 years since her works last were on display at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. The sketches and paintings are on loan from Mexico's Museo Dolores Olmededo in Xochimilco.
The gift of theater
This year, consider a holiday gift you won't have to wrap -- family-friendly theater. Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire offers "Holiday Inn," Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace stages "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights revisits "A Christmas Carol" and Paramount Theatre in Aurora features "The Wizard of Oz."
It's that time of year for school concerts and performances. Kids and teachers have spent hours practicing. As audience members, let's model good behavior. Silence your cellphone (and yourself). Arrive on time and stay for the whole performance (even if your child is done). And, most important, enjoy the show!
'Tails' of success
Rehabilitation is a two-way street in Cook County's praiseworthy Tails of Redepemption program. Cook County jail inmates work with dogs considered too incorrigible for adoption, training them on good manners to boost their chances of finding a home. Officials say the program's been a big success in changing lives -- both human and canine.
Congrats to the champs
Congratulations go out to the high school football teams from IC Catholic Prep and Cary-Grove on their state championships last weekend at the University of Illinois. And, not to be forgotten are the runner-up efforts from St. Charles North and Montini. A great end to a great season for all.
You may not recognize his name, but Paul Herbert will leave an indelible mark when he steps down this month after 13 years as director of the First Division Museum at Wheaton's Cantigny Park. Herbert, a retired Army colonel, was a meticulous historian who humanized what he would call the "soldier's story." A sincere salute for a job well done.