The Soapbox: Daily Herald editors offer brief thoughts on suburban topics in the news.

Posted1/28/2023 1:00 AM
This editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Herald Editorial Board.

Today's clippable quote

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." -- Anne Bradstreet


Now it feels like winter

After almost of a month of no snow and above average temperatures, winter feels like it's finally here. Last week's snow, with more on the way, gave us a pretty wonderland that will probably stick around. It is almost February, and winter is not done with us yet. Only 53 days until spring arrives -- but who's counting?

Eat it up

While Chicago Restaurant Week has garnered a lot of attention over the past week -- it continues through Sunday, Feb. 5 -- other suburbs such as Geneva, Naperville and Wheaton are tempting taste buds with their own Restaurant Weeks happening now. This is the perfect opportunity to get out of the house and support local eateries.

Our darkening cinema

It was sad to learn of another Regal Cinema closing in the suburbs this week - this one in Lincolnshire. COVID-19 undoubtedly hastened changes in our movie-watching habits. But something is lost when we stream at home on a Saturday night instead of getting out of the house to share a film with a couple hundred strangers.

An investment in kids

For many suburban children, especially those of lesser means, schools offer more than just an education. With that in mind, Wheeling Township Elementary District 21 added a worthy investment to its new administration building. A health center will provide physicals, immunizations and services to students, and eventually their families.

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Perseverence pays

Leaders in Naperville have been working for years to create an affordable housing policy that, in one city councilman's phrase, will enable "people who work in Naperville to be able to afford to live in Naperville." Now, it appears that with buy-in from civic groups, they have a program that will endure. Excellent news.

Doubly inspiring

Some people are impressed that George Diedrichs of Crystal Lake is even willing, let alone able, to run three miles a day at age 90. Diedrichs is disappointed with his 21-minute time for a 5K. Sounds to us like he's an inspiration in both body and spirit.

That slippery sanctuary slope

Recently, we decried the slippery slope created when governments and representatives try to pick and choose laws to support and enforce. Now comes the McHenry GOP asking to make the county a "sanctuary" for those who defy the state's assault-style weapons ban. Do we not see where such policies are leading?

Remembering Lin Brehmer

Rock music lovers in the Chicago area are mourning the passing of a kindred soul and a leading voice in their passage. Lin Brehmer, WXRT's long-time host, humorist and commentator died this week at 68 after a battle with cancer. Rock on, Lin. We'll miss you.

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