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Our View: Thumbs down to government going too far

Published: Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:

Thumbs down: To the law that bans indoor tanning in Illinois for anyone younger than 18. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed the legislation into law Thursday. This is another example of government completely overstepping its bounds in dictating how people can live their lives. Parents should make the decision on whether their teenage children can go tanning in a tanning both. It’s not the government’s responsibility to play Mom and Dad.

Thumbs up: To Evan Jager, a 2007 Jacobs graduate and Team USA steeplechase runner. Jager again represented the area well and stood tall against the best the world has to offer, finishing fifth this week in the IAAF Track and Field World Championships in Moscow. Jager finished less than three seconds behind the race winner in the 3,000-meter race. Jager finished sixth at the Olympics in London last year after winning the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Thumbs down: To Laborers’ Local 1035, for shutting down a neighborhood construction project in Algonquin. Members of Local 1035 have been protesting the project in the Highland Glen subdivision even though the crew doing the work is unionized. The owner of FM&J Asphalt, the contractor hired for the project, said his employees are members of Local 711. The project’s manager said he thinks Local 1035 is trying to shut the work down to poach members. He also said that Local 1035 members have pressured area asphalt plants and supply stores to not sell them materials. Meanwhile, residents in the area are caught in the middle. Members of Local 1035 not surprisingly declined to comment on their motives. There’s no place for this kind of bullying on a construction site, in the workplace, or anywhere.

Thumbs up: To Claude and Diane Sonday for taking over the struggling Galt Airport near Wonder Lake. The Bull Valley couple officially took ownership of the airport through foreclosure proceedings last month. They plan to expand flying lessons and continue hosting events for children who are interested in aviation. We’re sure locals are glad to keep the tight-knit Galt airport community in local hands and wish the Sondays and Galt Airport much success.

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