By Ted Slowik
A group of parents is asking the Indian Prairie School District 204 board to close schools on Election Day. Is this an idea whose time has come?
I mean, face it, why should authorities be so extraordinarily cautious about denying unrestricted access to school buildings most days, only to throw open the gates when it's time to vote?
Who knows what sort of crazy, terror-minded individual would look for just such an opportunity to exploit? These are the times in which we live, and there are plenty of sad, sick people in the world. A sexual predator could be a registered voter, after all. Wouldn't it be safer to simply align the school calendar so that teacher institute days -- when children are not in class -- occur when the public is allowed inside schools to vote?
Is this brilliant foresight that could prevent tragedy, or much ado about nothing?