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Our View: Trees for Troops a perfect gesture

Published: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 10:26 a.m. CDT

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

Thumbs up: To Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove for donating 55 Christmas trees to the Trees for Troops program. The trees will be distributed to more than 60 military bases across the United States. The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation program is a perfect seasonal gesture to show support for military families who endure many sacrifices around the holidays and throughout the year.

Thumbs down: To the lack of challengers for elected incumbents in the March primary. At the federal level, Sen. Dick Durbin and Reps. Peter Roskam (R-6) and Randy Hultgren (R-14) do not have primary challengers. The same is true at the state level for Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Secretary of State Jesse White, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-33), and Reps. David McSweeney (R-52), Jack Franks (D-63) and Mike Tryon (R-66). In County Board races, five incumbents will escape the primary without a challenge. While political parties typically do not support challenging incumbents in their own party, we feel voters deserve to have more choices.

Thumb up: To the Huntley football team for again collecting gifts for its Holiday Promise program and donating them to needy children ages 0 to 18 at the Grafton Food Pantry on Saturday. In 2012, the team donated more than 200 gifts to the program.

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