May 182018

Evanston RoundTable, May 17, 2018 May 7 through 11 was Teacher Appreciation Week. Schoolteachers in Kentucky, West Virginia, Colorado and elsewhere may have been too busy to celebrate, however, demonstrating as they were for better pay and conditions. Teacher pay calls to mind—baseball, specifically Yu Darvish. The 31-year-old Cubs pitcher was signed last winter to a six-year, $126 million contract. […click to read more…]

Apr 062018

Evanston RoundTable, April 5, 2018 In the war against polio, Rotary is winning. And unbeknownst to most Evanstonians, the PolioPlus global eradication campaign is directed from the Rotary Building in downtown Evanston, headquarters to the million-plus Rotary members and 35,000 Rotary clubs worldwide. When Rotary began its first polio immunization campaign, in the Philippines in 1979, there were more than […click to read more…]

Mar 262018
ETHS Students Rally for Stronger Gun Laws

Evanston RoundTable, March 22, 2018 Chanting “hey hey, ho ho, gun violence has got to go,” thousands of Evanston Township High School students on March 14 joined the nationwide student walkout for stronger gun laws. The morning rally, held at Lazier Field, filled the stadium’s west stands to overflowing. A school official estimated almost all the school’s 3,500 students attended. “Students […click to read more…]

Mar 262018

Evanston RoundTable, March 22, 2018 Everyone experiences tragedy and trauma. They are unavoidable, no matter how blessed a person’s life is. And everyone will suffer as a result. But most people recover and go on to lead relatively stable, happy lives. Others even transcend their traumas, inspired in some fashion to change how they live in order to help others. […click to read more…]

Mar 092018

Evanston RoundTable, March 8, 2018 When our grandson Benjamin turned one, our daughter asked my wife and me to write a few words of advice for him. Mine went something like this: Do. Get out on the playing field of life and give the ball a whack. Be active. Participate. Join. Get your fingers dirty. Calloused hands are the toughest. […click to read more…]

Mar 092018

Evanston RoundTable, March 8, 2018 The Evanston bus women helped make history. At least that’s how it seemed when they returned from Springfield Feb. 28 after spending the day rallying, lobbying, and cheering on State legislators intent on passing long-delayed gun-safety legislation. “I feel elated, hopeful, and invigorated,” said Kathleen Long, one of the trip organizers, of the day’s efforts. […click to read more…]

Feb 232018

Evanston RoundTable, Feb. 22, 2018 David Baskin grew up in Evanston and like a lot of kids who went to ETHS, got to know and admire Ross Freeland. Ross taught statistics, which David took in his senior year, and was the assistant coach on the Wildkit baseball team, where David played for four seasons. They bonded, David recalled recently while […click to read more…]