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Thumbs Up: Peer mentoring is a plus

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:22:00 GMT

Thumbs-up: To new peer mentoring programs at McHenry County College. The Focus program is open to students who want to establish or improve their GPA, or those who may need additional encouragement. The Excel program provides students an opportunity to develop leadership skills by mentoring other students and preparing them for life after community college. Candice Johnson, coordinator of multicultural affairs at MCC, said the pairing of program participants will allow them to learn from one another, noting students who take advantage of such resources tend to do better in school. After a successful first semester, we wish them luck in expanding the program.

Thumbs up to McHenry theater plan

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:30:00 GMT

Thumbs up: To the McHenry City Council and others involved in plans to renovate and reopen the McHenry downtown theater, which has been closed since 2014. The City Council earlier this week unanimously approved plans to grant a conditional use permit for an expanded site plan to allow a theater, a restaurant serving alcohol, outdoor seating, outdoor entertainment and any other variances needed to develop the property at Walsh Park. The project was proposed by Boone Creek Crossing LLC. As part of the project, the west facade of the existing building will be renovated. “This is one of the most exciting projects that’s coming along in a very long time,” Mayor Susan Low said. We couldn’t agree more.

Another view: A carbon tax even GOP could support

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:08:00 GMT

Some Republicans have grown tired of fighting the rest of the world on climate change.

Another View: Trump's unwanted gift to Wall Street

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:30:00 GMT

President Donald Trump says he wants to reduce the regulatory burden on the finance industry. But by taking aim at a new rule on retirement advice, he’ll most likely add to that burden – and harm many small investors at the same time.

An unfunded mandate we can support

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:30:00 GMT

Public school administrators and boards of education have complained bitterly about being inundated with unfunded state mandates, and rightly so.

Another view: Move foreward with Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 05:03:00 GMT

Among the headlines President Donald Trump made during his first week was one citing his executive order to clear obstacles standing in the way of the proposed Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.

Another view: Donald Trump's moral blind spot

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:30:00 GMT

Of all the strangely accommodating remarks President Donald Trump has made about Russian President Vladimir Putin, none is quite so startling and pernicious as his suggestion that the United States is morally equivalent to a ruthless regime whose critics keep getting murdered. For all its flaws, the U.S. is fundamentally different from the Russia of Putin, whose relentless pursuit of hegemony over his neighbors and the degradation of the West is founded in cynicism. Every U.S. president prior to Trump has embraced a contrary vision of American exceptionalism in which the country serves as a beacon of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. For Trump to casually equate the two is as false as it is shocking.

Our view: Stop filing trivial legislation

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:30:00 GMT

As far as we know, there is no sanity test for Illinois state legislators.

Another view: Gorsuch a gift to country

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 21:28:00 GMT

“If you breathe air, drink water, eat food, take medicine, or in any other way interact with the courts, this is a very bad decision.” — Nancy Pelosi

Another view: Right values of leadership

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:30:00 GMT

“I want us to be honest with one another,” a new leader on the national stage said late last week. “We’re on the same team. We share the same mission. Honesty will undergird our foreign policy, and we’ll start by making it the basis of how we interact with each other. . . . Let us extend respect to each other, especially when we may disagree.”

Our View: Human service providers need help

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 11:30:00 GMT

Sad and pathetic, but not the least bit surprised.

Another view: Questions for Gorsuch

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 11:30:00 GMT

President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court elicited an immediate, furious and depressingly predictable reaction. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., called him an ideologue in a tweet sent shortly after Trump made his announcement, and liberal senators such as Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., announced they would oppose the nomination not long after that. Conservative activist groups, meanwhile, vowed to go on an election-year-style campaign to advance Gorsuch’s nomination.

Our view: Successful transfer of power

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 23:54:00 GMT

Thumbs-up: To another successful and mostly peaceful transfer of power. After a contentious campaign that included violent protests, threatening phrases such as “Lock her up” and 11th-hour bombshells that embarrassed both major party candidates, Donald Trump was sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States with few problems. Yes, there were protests, clashes with police and arrests, but that’s unfortunately standard fare. Thank you to Barack Obama for his eight years of service. Good luck to President Trump in his first term in office.

Another view: Let's settle claim of voter fraud

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:30:00 GMT

President Donald Trump, in back-to-back Tweets, said he will launch “a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD” - the capitalization is his - which he has blamed for rival Hillary Clinton besting him in the popular vote.

Another view: Pipelines create jobs, help economy

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:37:00 GMT

Trump reopens Keystone XL and Dakota Access projects

Our View: Rauner contract offer generous

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 11:30:00 GMT

AFSCME members across Illinois will begin voting Monday on whether to give their leaders the authority to strike.

Our view: Heroes who save lives

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:30:00 GMT

Thumbs up: To Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit Deputy Jonathan Levin, who was recently honored for his life-saving actions during a Fox Lake crash this past July. Levin used his own vehicle to block traffic and protect the victims before pulling two motorcyclists away from a fire and administering first aid. One of the motorcyclists survived because of Levin’s efforts. “Deputy Levin’s actions were brave and heroic,” Undersheriff Ray Rose said. “They went above and beyond the call of duty, which resulted in a life being saved.”

Another view: Keystone XL pipeline still worth building

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:30:00 GMT

Keystone XL is back – along with the usual misconceptions about its virtues and dangers. There should be no doubt, however, that President Donald Trump’s executive order advancing the project is a good thing.

Another view: Reviving the pipelines

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 20:08:00 GMT

President Trump is making short work of campaign promises, and on Tuesday he signed executive orders reviving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. The resurrection is good news for the economy, but one question is whether he'll sink the projects with his protectionist impulses.

Another view: Keep gun silencers from shooters

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:33:00 GMT

Just as Chicago is moving ahead with new technology that could help reduce gunfire deaths, Congress and the Illinois Senate are considering misguided bills that could shoot Chicago’s effort to pieces by making gun silencers easily available.