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Editorial: We Think the Benchmarks to Measure College Readiness at District 65 Are Too High
We appreciate that District 65 and District 202 administrators have carefully studied this issue, have listened to our concerns and made a thoughtful analysis. We respectfully disagree. In our view, and that of NWEA, the cut scores identified in the 2015 Study should be used.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Room for a View: Ageism and the Powers That Be
In a few days, it will be February, Black History Month in the U.S.A. –  a month to honor and reflect on the contributions and history of black people.  Sadly, much of the history of black people in and out of the U.S.A. has been one of oppression.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Room for a View: Downsized, Kinda
When moving at a later age one cannot miss or ignore the layers of a life. Not as Shakespeare describes them but more like a wall of the Grand Canyon, up close and personal. The sun rises in dark, dusty attics, basements and garages where the layers cannot be ignored, demanding attention and decision. Moving is always a major stressor, but in later years it feels worse than major surgery.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Update on Evanston Man's Continued Search for a Kidney
In the Nov. 4, 2015 issue of Evanston RoundTable, I described the daunting challenges facing a local man with ESRD (end-stage renal disease) That man is Ken March, an Evanston resident: (facebook.com/KenMarchKidney) He holds a Ph.D. in psychology and is well known in the medical/healthcare marketing industry.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
A Good Place to Grow Up and Grow Old
Evanston is on its way to becoming a more age-friendly city. I would like to provide a brief update to where Evanston is in the process of continuing to make the community a good place to grow up and grow old.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Editorial: Remembering Dr. King
On April 3, 1968, one day before he was assassinated, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” In that speech, Dr. King said if he were asked by the Almighty at what time in history he would like to live, he would respond that he would like to live a few years in the second half of the 20th century.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Room for a View: A Song for Wintering
 “The only way out is through.” That is what I tell myself this time every year because I am not a winter person. Weather is what we live with so we have to take it as it comes. But in the taking, we are not powerless...for the most part. Hurricanes, tornados, floods, blizzards and ice storms belie that statement, but generally and ultimately we have to deal with the aftermath.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Room for a View: Charismatic Hypocrisy and Low Expectations
I got into a heated discussion in an Evanston business regarding the Dec.14 District 65 Board meeting in which attendees addressed the District 65 achievement gap.  At first I regretted getting so emotional and loud during the discussion, but later, I appreciated knowing what set me off.  During the discussion, an educated businesswoman started talking about the rude behavior of an African American high school youth in a program in which she was a volunteer.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Your Tax Dollars, Not At Work: The Price You Pay for a Failed Education
Every year, more than half of your property tax bill goes toward educating Evanston’s students. More than $100 million dollars is invested each year to ensure that our school districts are providing a top-notch education to our students. How well is that investment paying off?
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Cook County 2016 Budget Over $500 Million In New Taxes and Little Reform ? Why I Voted No
On Nov. 18 the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget. For the second year, and only the second time as a Commissioner, I voted “no” on the Budget. I did this because the Budget showed a lack of reform, planning and coordination that now subjects our taxpayers to over $500 million in new taxes and the highest sales tax and hotel tax in the nation. I voted “no” on these taxes.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Room for a View: So, Now What?
For months, several 4th Ward residents (and some business people) have said that they complained to the Police Department and their alderman about drug activity by a Caucasian male and female in a nearby parking lot and alley. 
Wednesday, November 18, 2015



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