Posts in category "News: Opinion"

How do you spell tacky? How about T-o-p-i-n-k-a

As a rule, I don’t blog about state or national elections. And as a rule, I don’t carry a grudge. But there’s always an exception. It used to be the race for Illinois Treasurer, but when Judy Barr Topinka decided to be the state’s comptroller, that became the exception. As I said, I don’t carry... Read more »

You want THE TRUTH? As a matter of fact, I do

Last Tuesday was National News Engagement Day, a day dedicated to promoting newspaper readership by Americans, especially young people who seem to be oblivious to the need to be informed. In fact, according to a 2012 study by the Pew Research Center found that 29% of those younger than 25 say they got no news... Read more »

Suburban fight for retail not an easy one

It’s just one store, but it’s likely a welcome addition to Buffalo Grove’s retail landscape. Marshalls, a national retailer of, according to its website, “fashionable, brand name family apparel, home fashions and other merchandise,” is planning to open in late Spring or early summer of 2015. The 27,100 square foot store, located in Woodland Commons... Read more »

So where you been? Campaign time means the start of the onslaught

It’s August, right? Finally. Recently people have asked me if I was still blogging about things in Big Animal Grove. But of course. Sometimes, however, things get chaotic and not everything gets done.  Like a blog. For the past six weeks I have been traveling around the country for either vacation or journalism workshops (mostly... Read more »

Court ruling on eavesdropping may give new meaning to "open mic"

The ruling  by the Illinois Supreme Court that strikes down the state statute prohibiting the recording of conversations without permission may not be the panacea a lot of people are hoping for. The Chicago Tribune reports that the statute was considered among the strictest in the Country.  The Court said loud conversations in public could... Read more »

All the news that fits, they print -- as long as they make money

I stopped in the store the other day for some simple shopping.  Beer, peanuts and some Beef Jerky.  Maybe not the finest in culinary selections, but it was an easy trip to the store. Customer in, customer out. It’s a great model.  For groceries, shoes, luggage and generally most consumer goods and some services. But... Read more »

Hey, this ain't Denny's....

When asked how he liked kids, the late W.C. Field replied: “I like children. If they’re properly cooked.” So imagine how he would have felt had he been at the trendy Alinea restaurant Saturday night when some parents, who just had to be there, brought their 8-month-old kid. Got it?  Alinea, not Denny’s.  Alinea, got... Read more »

Challenging our students to do what? Test better?

Last week I was in Boston to attend a high school journalism conference.  Like, do I know a good time or what? Boston — great bars, great restaurants — and 5,500 high school kids. I’ve lost it. As part of the conference is a “write off” — a competition where students follow a prompt or... Read more »

Why Johnny still can't read...

I heard the news and I was not surprised. The academic ranking of the United States is slipping – which is putting it mildly.  The folks who spend their time measuring such things put the United States somewhere in middle of the pack.  The same pack that we, so they say, once led. Not anymore. ... Read more »

From a scenic ride in the country to sex-toy-toting officials

Set the way-back machine, Sherman. A long time ago – somewhere around 30 years ago – I was covering the growing communities in the northwest suburbs – Wheeling and Buffalo Grove to be exact.  Wheeling was seemingly more established than its neighbor to its north, but was still dealing with growing pains, a new population... Read more »