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December 12, 2018

A Closer Look at the Building Proposed for the Library Parking Lot
Evanston’s Plan Commission will soon consider a planned development proposed for the City owned Library parking lot. The Commission’s decision and what they must consider to reach it are worth public scrutiny, especially because the project involves the sale of public land.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
More Room: When Lenny Met Victor

In this centenary year of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, we rightly celebrate his genius as a conductor, composer, educator and pianist.

But no less important was Lenny’s enormous impact on people’s lives.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Room for a View: 'Tis the Season'
It was late morning.  Addie sat alone, staring out her window.  It was the holiday season, and although it was a time when Addie thought a lot about her poverty, she was grateful for her “blessings.”  “Well,” she thought, “Tis the season.  I’ll be alright.”
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Room for a View: 'Peace Within ... and All About'
The above wish is one I offer these days, being aware that the traditional holiday prayer, “Peace on earth...” seems like reaching for an impossible dream. Today’s complexities of world power and nations’ posturing render peace on earth beyond imagining, even for the visionaries among us.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Editorial: The City's Conflict of Interest Fiasco
Anyone who saw or heard about the Dec. 3 meeting of the Rules Committee of the City Council knows it was a travesty of justice and an embarrassment to the community.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
College is One Pathway, Amongst Many
No one can disagree with the proposition that all students should graduate from ETHS with the skills necessary to pursue a path that leads to a successful career and life, but college should be viewed as one pathway, among many, towards achieving such a worthy goal.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
More Room: If You Love Movies, Take the Challenge!
A month ago I was “tagged” by retired Columbia College film professor Judd Chesler, an Evanston resident, to take “The Facebook Movie Challenge.” The “rules” are simple: just post an image from each of your 10 favorite movies on successive days. No title, no commentary—just a photo.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Room for a View: Brethren

I was talking with a friend about the massacre of Jews in the Pittsburgh synagogue when I was suddenly overwhelmed by grief and could not talk. My friend tried to comfort me.  

“HaMakom yenachem et’chem b’toch shar avay’lay Tzion vee’Yerushalayim.”

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Room for a View: Remembering
I miss him terribly, still, at least as much as I miss my twin brother. Tom’s dying was not kind – either to him or to me and all who loved him. Yet, I am grateful for my memories – and knowing just how healing, over time, love can be.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Editorial: Facing the Scorching, Stormy, Frigid, Parched Future: Climate Change
Last week’s report on climate change seems to have something to frighten nearly everyone.  Storms will intensify but periods between them could be hotter and drier. Things we relied on for food may not be available – but buying food that is out of season here and flown in from a distance may soon be a ridiculous luxury.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Guest Essay: Preserve Mental Health Board Funding
We the undersigned urge the City Council to reject the $150,000 cut to the Mental Health Board Budget for 2019 and preserve 2018 funding levels.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
More Room: My Faust Problem
I am obsessed with knowledge. I want to know everything. Well, not everything, of course, that is impossible, but the big things: quantum physics and plate tectonics and macroeconomics and…all the stuff I did not get around to studying in school because I was too lazy or preoccupied with other, more important stuff, like getting a date.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Room for a View: A Diversion
I just happened to step out onto the front yard of a friend’s house when a woman was walking with her dog down the road.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Room for a View: The Saints Among Us
Am I a saint?  “Who, me ?” Simple response, “of course not!” First of all, doesn’t a person have to die first to become one? And then there are the miracles. No way! Aren’t saints the inhabitants of heaven who seem to be, at least by their images, a humorless lot with praying hands and upturned eyes. Wearing bright halos? Clearly not me.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Editorial: Workforce Development: A Force and a Work Still Developing
All Evanston residents should be able to participate in the economic welfare of the community.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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