The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:
Thumbs up: To Linda and Dan Bailey and Sue Gruner. What occurred at the end of Monday’s Boston Marathon was scary. It replayed on TVs across the county throughout the week. But for the local runners who were there, it will not serve as a deterrent. The Baileys will keep running. Dan now wants to run his first marathon in Milwaukee this fall after spending Monday watching Linda complete the race less than a minute before the first bomb exploded. That’s dedication.
Thumbs down: To the McHenry County Board for reversing itself when it voted earlier this week to repeal its 2009 ban on video gambling in unincorporated areas of the county. We’ve been opposed to video gaming at area restaurants and bars since the Illinois General Assembly first proposed it many years ago. Called the crack-cocaine of gambling, video gaming is extremely addictive and can do more harm than good to families and communities.
Thumbs up: To Angelo’s Restaurant and the crew of the Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible” for sprucing up this Woodstock Square institution this week. The popular eatery has been a longtime staple downtown and a survivor in tough economic times. What family-owned business couldn’t use a lift to help keep it successful? Whatever changes celebrity chef Robert Irvine made, hopefully loyal customers will still get to enjoy their favorite meals and the publicity will bring in some new diners.
Thumbs down: To flooding. Heavy rains this week wreaked havoc across most of northern Illinois, causing flooding in homes and businesses and closing roadways. Algonquin is under a flood warning along the Fox River, which is expected to crest Sunday morning. These past few days have served as a reminder that Mother Nature always is the one in control.
Thumbs up: To all the people who responded to tragedies this week with courage and grace. Medical staff already at the Boston Marathon, first responders and everyday people rushed to help those injured Monday by bombs; medical experts say the quick response helped reduce the number of fatalities. Same goes for those who responded to an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, as they helped evacuate people from nearby buildings, including a nursing home. Locally, we saw people filling sandbags in an attempt to stymie the rising floodwaters. We thank you for your compassion and sacrifice.