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Are Ives’, Breen’s mindsets better suited to preaching, not legislating?
State Reps. Jeanne Ives (R-42) and Peter Breen (R-48) missed their calling. Both sit in the legislature voting on the critical concerns of millions of Illinoisans they care little about. Their focus stems from narrow ideological religious beliefs: opposition to full human rights for gays and transgenders, denial of reproductive health care to the poor, promotion of religion in the public square and railing against their imagined view that secular society is at war with Christianity. While certainly entitled to those beliefs, it is totally improper and inappropriate to promote them as legislators responsible for the well-being of all 13 million Illinoisans. They would serve the people best by dropping their re-election bids and opening a church in DuPage to advocate for their beliefs before like-minded followers. The rest of us Illinoisans deserve better.
Walt Zlotow Glen Ellyn
Library building plans ‘mismanaged at taxpayers’ expense’
While Lombard voters, in November 2016 mind you, approved an unprecedented increase in the tax rate for the Helen Plum Library District, here we are nearly a year later with no shovel-ready plans, no agreements with the park district, and still with a director that clearly can’t execute, yet alone lead. The library was given a tremendous opportunity to build a state-ofthe- art facility whether within the clearly known constraints of their current Maple Street site or at three nearby options (if only they would pull the trigger) at Lombard Common, 101 S. Main, or the old Z’s property. And what do they come back with now? An even more expensive two-building plan connected by an outdoor walkway where the facility will have spectacular views of Lilacia Park and the public areas will reside mainly in a subterranean building with a patio. And yet even this plan needs variances and easements from the park district that surely will not be granted. This latest offering still fails to address contiguous parking—yet alone needed approvals from the village for stormwater management, density, parking and more. The time is now to recall and reset their tax rate because it is clear this library board and director are incapable of making this project happen. Opportunity knocked, and Helen Plum repeatedly failed to answer. Never has a project with such potential been so mismanaged at taxpayers’ expense. Lombard deserves better.
Robert Biddle, Lombard
Students’ empathy, commitment to service impressive
By DAVID F. LARSON, ED.D. Superintendent, Glenbard Township High School District 87
I am proud to work in a school district where students, parents, faculty and staff value service to others. Through service, students develop leadership skills and learn the importance of empathy for others. Students also develop problem-solving and teamwork skills, which transfer to the classroom and future work experiences. Our students are involved in a variety of service projects throughout the year, and when disaster strikes or others are in need, they rally support. I am proud of how our students and staff responded in the wake of recent natural disasters that have devastated so many lives. Their giving spirit and selflessness is inspiring. Let’s look at a few recent examples of our students making a difference in the lives of others: • Glenbard East raised nearly $1,400 for the Red Cross to support hurricane relief efforts. • Glenbard East students in World History classes donated toiletries to help people in Houston devastated by Hurricane Harvey. • Glenbard North students collected monetary donations for disaster relief efforts in regions affected by hurricanes and the earthquake-ravaged areas of México. Donations will be sent to the American Red Cross and One America Appeal. • Glenbard North students in Advanced Placement Environmental Science, and the Green Panthers collected personal care items to be sent to Hurricane Harvey victims at Cesar Chavez High School in Houston. The Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce joined in the collection effort, and loads of donations poured in over just a few days. • Glenbard South athletics collected T-shirts and gym shoes to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. • Glenbard South volleyball players hosted Volley for the Cure for breast cancer research. • Glenbard West’s Spanish and French Honor Societies and the Glenbard West World Language Department raised $1,000 for Project Paz to assist those in México affected by the earthquake. • Glenbard West’s girls volleyball hosted a fund-raiser at a local restaurant with proceeds benefiting hurricane relief efforts. • Glenbard West’s field hockey teams raised money for ovarian cancer research when they hosted Stick it to Cancer Night. In a time when our country is divided on many issues, it is affirming to see students unified in their compassion for and service to others. Young people’s understanding of the importance of service to others begins at home. I am grateful to parents and guardians in our community for fostering the values of empathy and service in their children. As young adults develop key leadership and interpersonal skills, they are building a better future for all of us.
David F. Larson, Ed.D. is superintendent of Glenbard Township High School District 87