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Forum: Plea to Argo High alumni

Updated: December 3, 2012 6:51AM



A movement is under way to change the Argo ship as the symbol/mascot of Argo Community High School. A committee of three school administrators and two school board members has done “research” and determined that the famous ship should no longer be the school symbol.

Alumni as well as community members voiced their concerns regarding this change at an Oct. 15 meeting. At the conclusion of the meeting, the committee assured those in attendance that its recommendation to the school board would be that the ship remain “the one and only symbol/mascot of Argo Community High School.”

But that doesn’t seem to be the case. It’s rumored that removing the current symbol is a done deal — as evidenced by District 217 purchasing new signs for the front of the school with a new logo on them and faculty getting the school calendar in early August, also with the new logo.

I’m appalled that a five-member group, consisting of mostly non-Argonauts, feel that they can speak for me or any of the thousands of Argo alumni. If the district can contact alumni for scholarship donations, why can’t it ask for our input on something as important as this?

Make your voices heard. Please attend the next school board meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 7.

Kathryn Potempa

Argo Class of 2011

Justice

Hoarding couple need help

I sincerely appreciated Phil Kadner’s Oct. 21 column on the elderly Crestwood couple whose house was found unfit for habitation by village officials because of their hoarding. Phil did a wonderful job of letting people know, particularly senior citizens, how serious are the consequences of hoarding.

I agree with the thought of helping Richard and Emily Tolleson because we simply need to help those in need. I know that hoarding is frowned upon, but Mr. Tolleson is simply a working man who let his priorities get away and ended up stuck in a tough spot.

We need to help these folks get community, family and church help. We need to look inside and ask ourselves, “do these people really need help?” The answer is made very clear by Phil Kadner. Yes, they do.

Patrick Kelly

Chicago

Rape statements require apology

As a rape victim advocate, I want every public official who makes a deplorable, victim-blaming statement to simply say, “I am sorry. I will never say that again.”

Whether a person is a dogcatcher, U.S. senator or president of the United States, that person is out of touch when he or she says that pregnancy as a result of rape is part of a sacred plan.

Every one of us should disavow and demand a true apology from any policymaker who is that unfamiliar with, and that unsympathetic to, the trauma of rape.

Rape victims need support, not scorn.

Polly Poskin

Executive director

Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Springfield

Kadner unfair to Barbara Bellar

I read with interest Phil Kadner’s Oct. 23 column regarding Dr. Barbara Bellar as I have had the privilege to know her over the past couple of years. Apparently Mr. Kadner ran out of subject matter and had to invent something to fill the space.

The column contained no substance and was nothing more than a hatchet job on an honorable woman with tremendous credentials. One need not be a Catholic to understand that Dr. Bellar’s use of quotation marks around the word “nun” indicated that she was not using the title in its formal sense but rather tongue-in-cheek.

Comparing Dr. Bellar’s use of “nun” to a medical school graduate calling himself a doctor while not having completed residency is both a fallacy and a faulty analogy. A person who has graduated from medical school is a doctor whether he has completed residency or not.

Whether Dr. Bellar’s complete educational history is necessary on her political web page is anyone’s guess. Pretty irrelevant to me, unless Mr. Kadner has a particular reason to dislike degrees earned at medical schools in our neighbor to the south.

The implication throughout his column was that there was something fishy about her credentials. The facts are clear that Dr. Bellar is well qualified and appropriately credentialed.

If Mr. Kadner is so deeply concerned for Southland residents, I suggest that instead of going after a deeply committed medical doctor, lawyer, educator, et al., he might support her as she takes on the political machine that has brought the city of Chicago, Cook County and the state of Illinois to the verge of economic collapse.

Thorin Anderson

Chicago



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