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Editorial: Don't Shed the Mansion, Shed the 'Sell the Mansion' Mentality
In July of 2013, the City Council voted to reject a proposal from Taiwani Enterprises to purchase the Harley Clarke mansion and some of the surrounding property for a boutique hotel.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Room for a View: One of Those
The brain constantly makes humans think (one hopes), analyze, rethink and reassess residual and new information.  An incident described below made me think about how human communications depend so much on the surroundings in which the communication occurs, the history, culture and behavior of the persons effecting or being affected by the communication, and the inclusion or exclusion of certain words that affect how a communication is received. 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Room for a View: Utopia in Utero
A Constitution for a United, Interdependent Reality
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
A Livable World for the Future
Earth Day, April 22, is almost here again and many devoted Evanstonians will give their traditional few hours to picking up trash and litter all around town.  It’s great to see the results, but I always wonder why this effort can’t be maintained all year long.  Contact the Ecology Center if you wish to participate. 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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
Room for a View: Religious Freedom
Growing up Catholic, I was taught that ours was the “one, true Faith,” that all other faiths were in error or out of line with the history of the Church. I was told that to enter any other place of worship was a sin and that baptism and the laws of the Church were the only way to heaven, a very different world back then.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Room for a View: Earth and Verse
April is National Poetry Month, and April 22nd is Earth Day.  National Poetry Month was started by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 and has the largest literary participation in the world. Earth Day had its first celebration in 1970, which is credited to Gaylord Nelson – a Democratic U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, and Denis Hayes – a student at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Guest Essay: Harley Clarke Mansion Should Remain Public Uses and Conservation
The Central Street Neighbors Association believes that the parkland, beachfront, gardens, the Harley Clarke Mansion, and accompanying structures located on the shores of Lake Michigan at Lighthouse Beach and adjacent parks are priceless and irreplaceable public assets.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Editorial: SB16 Fails to Recognize Depth of Poverty, Abandons 40% of Evanston/Skokie Students
SB16 is flawed because it eliminates the poverty grant and cuts off primary State aid to school districts such as Districts 65 and 202, that have relatively high property values, even though they have high concentrations of low-income students who need additional supports.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Editorial: SB16 Is Unfair to D65/202 Because It Fails to Recognize the Full Impact of Property Tax Caps
The Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 16 in late May, and it is currently pending in the House. If enacted into law SB16 will dramatically change the way in which the State allocates approximately $6.7 billion to school districts throughout the State.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Editorial: We Believe Senate Bill 16 Should Take Federal Funding into Account
We think SB 16 is flawed and creates inequities because it does not take federal funding into account in calculating a school district’s available resources. We are concerned about the impact SB 16 will have on children in Evanston.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Editorial: We Join School Districts 65 and 202 in Opposing Senate Bill 16
Illinois’ system of funding education is broken because the State legislature has shirked its responsibility under the Illinois Constitution to adequately fund education – a point clearly made in our School Boards’ Joint Resolution opposing SB16.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014



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