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Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 12:17 am

Editor’s note 12/24/15

 The best thing about the holiday season is the spirit of generosity that covers the land. Church groups provide meals for the unfortunate. Charities gather coats and toys for children. Motorcycle groups and service clubs make sure nobody goes without. All is sweet, tender and mild until it comes to public policy in Illinois, where many otherwise generous people have a blind spot. Social services are being devastated. Programs for homeless youth are being squeezed and some are closing. Redeploy Illinois, a program to provide jobs that keep youths out of juvenile detention, is having to lay off workers and in some cities shut down completely. Good people dismiss these issues as politics, or with a shrug say we have to live within our means. As we hand out food and coats and toys to the needy this Christmas, as we pray for those less fortunate, let’s try to connect a few more dots. Peace on earth requires compassionate public policy. –Fletcher Farrar, editor and publisher

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