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Home Comfort and Sustainability Pushes into All of Evanston, Including Underserved Communities
Alderman Peter Braithwaite is gathering friends and neighbors to his living room this week to share with the community how his home can be more comfortable and save on utility bills.  He is helping Citizens’ Greener Evanston reach into underserved communities in Evanston. 
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Self - the Sixth Sense
Nothing fills life with more wonder than our five senses. Each of them is a theme park of adventure and discovery. Separate and interactive, they not only make life worth living but also, each in its own way, enriches it beyond belief. Yet many tend to take them for granted, to let them “do their thing” and rarely take time to consciously appreciate their complexities as well as their priceless gifts.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Room for a View: Got Over
May is Older Americans Month and Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (also called Asian American – Pacific Islander Heritage Month), a month set aside to recognize, honor, and celebrate the contributions made by older Americans and Asian-Pacific Americans.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Editorial - ETHS: There Is No Equity With Low Expectations
The District 202 School Board is poised to adopt low expectations for college readiness, and low expectations for students who are performing at the lower level of the achievement scale, the majority of whom are black and Hispanic students.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Room for a View: Equity, Please
On April 23 I attended the “The Black Male Experience in Evanston” panel discussion, part of The Quality of Mercy Project.  Panelists included Bennett Johnson, Circuit Court Judge Lionel Jean-Baptiste, Dereck Woods, Dino Robinson and Nathan Norman (listed with the oldest first).  Dr. Gilo Kwesi Logan moderated the discussion.  Most of the dialog and comments are included below.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Room for a View: Ager's Last Rights
Aging ain’t easy but it beats being old. “Old” is a state of mind that lets go of – or loses – the energy that is life – and living! “Old” means “just doing time” on the way to meeting death while aging, for those who somehow avoid being old,  is about making the most of whatever time is left.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Editorial: The City's Economic Development Policy Could Use an Overhaul
City money used for economic development is in the spotlight in this issue, with the short sale of a property on Dempster Street on which the City held a second mortgage and the City-initiated possibility of a loan to a restaurateur who said he is on the verge of bankruptcy and recently closed his restaurant after more than 40 years in the business.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Editorial: We Oppose SB1, It Is Inequitable and Will Severely Harm School Districts 65 and 202
Illinois’ system of funding education is broken. But it is not broken because many school districts, such as School Districts 65 and 202, have been paying high property taxes to fund their schools. It is broken because the State legislature has shirked its responsibility under the Illinois Constitution to adequately fund education.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Editorial: We Urge the D202 Board to Set High Expectations in Defining 'College Readiness'
One key question is whether the Board will aim at preparing students to obtain a C or to obtain a B or higher in freshman year of college. This decision should be made in the context of grading practices in four-year colleges, where 77% of the grades given are As and Bs. We encourage the Board to aim at preparing students to do at least B-level work in college.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016



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