2011 March : Bear Facts

Lake Zurich should lower its tap water fluoride level

Lake Zurich should lower its tap water fluoride level

March 3, 2011 • Joe Koncel, Viewpoint Editor  
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Besides pure H2O, tap water contains minerals or other substances.  Only one of these is purposefully added in to prevent cavities: fluoride.  This seemed like a good idea, until the government announced recently that recommended fluoride levels are probably too high.  Fluoride levels in our water... Read more »

Increased taxes will destroy Illinois’ economy

Increased taxes will destroy Illinois’ economy

March 3, 2011 • Angelica LaVito, Viewpoint Writer  
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In an attempt to reduce the state of Illinois’ debt, legislators signed a new law increasing the income tax from 3 percent to 5 percent and the corporate tax from 7.3 percent to 9.5 percent.  While increased taxes are projected to raise $6.8 billion annually, the taxes will have an overall negative... Read more »

Uncreative American education desperately needs rescuing

March 3, 2011 • Staff Editorial  
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An absolute wake-up call for America. That’s how Education Secretary Arne Duncan viewed the results of an international standardized test in which U.S. students ranked from 15th to 25th worldwide in science, reading, and math. Our education system is lacking the strength to keep up with other nations;... Read more »

Illinois death penalty needs to be repealed

Illinois death penalty needs to be repealed

March 3, 2011 • Diana Zajac, Viewpoint Writer  
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The Illinois death penalty has been operating since 1930, executing prisoners for crimes they were thought to be guilty of. The state of Illinois has voted to repeal the death penalty for good reasons, and all it needs now is the signature of Pat Quinn, the state governor, to become a law. About 100... Read more »