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Opinion

Thumbs-up, thumbs-down: Well done, meal packers

West Elementary fourth-grade student Ava Carlson of Sycamore, 9, reacts while talking with other volunteers during the annual Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack event on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at The Suter Company in Sycamore.
West Elementary fourth-grade student Ava Carlson of Sycamore, 9, reacts while talking with other volunteers during the annual Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack event on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at The Suter Company in Sycamore.

Thumbs-up: To a community effort to fight hunger. Make a Difference DeKalb County has launched its eighth annual Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack event, in which community volunteers help pack meals for Feed My Starving Children, a Minnesota-based organization that ships food to children in more than 70 countries around the world. Mobile packs such as the one in Sycamore have helped the organization ship more than 1.8 billion meals. Examples of generosity of the organizations and individuals in our community is staggering at times, and this is one of them.

Thumbs-up: To honoring veterans in schools. Veterans Day used to be a school holiday, as it is for government offices. But locally, at least, Veterans Day is a regular attendance day. That’s a positive thing, because it gives students a chance to recognize and learn about the contributions that people who have served in the armed forces have made to the country we live in today and the freedoms we enjoy. It also gives local vets a chance to interact with students and tell their stories, an exchange that benefits all. We’re pleased to see schools such as Clinton Rosette Middle School in DeKalb, Sycamore High School and others take the time to recognize and honor veterans as part of the school day.

Thumbs-down: To a nationwide flurry of accusations of sexual harassment and other misconduct by prominent people. In just the past few weeks, we have seen powerful men from the world of entertainment and politics. Men and women have come forward to complain of inappropriate behavior by figures including producer Harvey Weinstein and actors Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K., politicians such as state Sen. Ira Silverstein, Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and others. Some of the allegations are recent, others are from years or decades ago. Although we’ve become much more aware as a society since Anita Hill accused now Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991, it's clear sexual harassment is not something that is going to go away. That makes it a responsibility of employers and other institutions to take steps to stop it, including punishing those who cross the line.

Thumbs-up: To all who have served our country in the armed forces. Thank you all for your service on this Veterans Day.

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