The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week's thumbs up and thumbs down:
Thumbs up: To McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather for ordering that fired 11-year Harvard Police Department veteran Phillip Held repay the $9,509.74 for time when he called in sick and forged doctors notes. Despite agreeing to a plea deal, Prather made the former officer accountable for the public money that he shouldn't have been paid in the first place.
Thumbs down: To the United Way of Greater McHenry County being off pace to reach its fundraising goal of $1.5 million. Steve Otten, executive director of the county's United Way branch, still is optimistic that the organization will reach its goal. To do that, however, United Way will need your help. Twenty-seven local agencies benefit from the United Way of Greater McHenry County. One in four county residents are helped directly from the services of those 27 agencies. Those interested in donating can visit www.uwmchenry.org for information.
Thumbs up: To Hannah Beardsley School In Crystal Lake and teacher Mary Warren for hosting the fourth annual Discover Engineering Week. Each year the school brings in professional engineers and plans fun activities to get kids excited about careers in technology, engineering, science and math, which are often areas where American lag behind. Demonstrating how these skills are applicable in the real world is really the soul of education.