Our View: More than ready for springtime

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

Thumbs down: To Mother Nature, for giving us one of the worst winters in years, and it’s not even February yet. When winter ends, it could be turn out to be one of the coldest seasons in a century. We’ve already experienced several days of below-zero temperatures, and more are on the way early next week. The National Weather Service’s forecast for Monday shows a high of minus-3 and a low of minus-19. Tuesday’s high is forecast to be minus-4, with a low of minus-12. Throw in all of the snow, and we’re ready for spring.

Thumbs up: To McHenry’s Corkscrew Pointe, the Polish Legion of American Veterans’ ladies auxiliary and anyone involved in Sunday’s fundraiser to help the 27 people displaced by the Jan. 12 fire at the downtown McHenry apartment building known as the Riverside Hotel. The fundraiser, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the wine shop at 1402 Riverside Drive, is particularly timely since the McHenry County Housing Authority is running out of money to continue housing residents in area motels. There is a suggested donation of $5, and the event will also include food, raffles and auction items. Donations also can be made by depositing at any Charter One Bank using the trust account No. 4521532488.

Thumbs down: To those who did not heed our advice about respecting the bald eagles seen throughout McHenry County. As the nation’s symbol makes a comeback, more bald eagles have been spotted throughout the county, as we chronicled in Sunday’s edition. Instead of respecting the eagles and their habitat, we’ve, unfortunately, received reports of people doing the opposite – screaming at the eagles and seeing how close they can get. Please respect the bald eagles in our area. Don’t spoil it for the rest of us.