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Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004 11:48 am

quick takes 11-18-04

SNOOZE NEWS

Readers of the State Journal-Register may have been confused by a recent editorial opposing a City Council move to end term limits.

The editorial, published Sunday, Nov. 14, criticized the proposed ordinance, which was sponsored by aldermen Chuck Redpath and Irv Smith.

Problem is, as Illinois Times reported on Nov. 4, the ordinance was already dead in the water -- after the corporation counsel's office said a citywide referendum, not an ordinance, would be required to end term limits.

The SJ-R caught up with the news -- and its own editorial page -- on Tuesday, noting that the issue "died . . . about as quietly as it first arose two weeks ago."

 

 

BECOME A DIPLOMAT

Harriet Mayor Fulbright should know a thing or two about international diplomacy. Her late husband, U.S. Sen. William Fulbright, launched a scholarship program responsible for opening the world of possibility to more than a quarter-million people.

Although she had a variety of international experiences behind her, including teaching English in South Korea, marrying the ex-senator helped launch her on a public-speaking career that continues today.

In Springfield last week, the ebullient 70-year-old urged citizens to become active in international matters -- especially at a time when the U.S. government faces strong criticism abroad. Become a citizen diplomat, she urged, through international travel, education, or by inviting a foreign visitor to stay with you.

"Citizen diplomacy can soften the conflict and heighten the understanding," she said.

Fulbright appeared at the invitation of three local groups: the Springfield Commission on International Visitors, the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois, and Sister Cities International. To learn how to become a citizen diplomat, call 217-789-2360 or visit www.springfieldinternational.org.

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