The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:
Thumbs up: To all who attended Tuesday’s Light of Hope Breakfast in support of CASA of McHenry County, and especially to those who made a financial contribution. Court Appointed Special Advocates is a nonprofit agency that trains volunteers, known as advocates, to help children who have been abused or neglected work their way through court and the foster care system. CASA largely relies on donations from the community, and currently can provide advocates for 65 percent of children in juvenile abuse and neglect cases in McHenry County. Its goal is to advocate for 100 percent of these children. To learn more or to donate, visit www.casamchenrycounty.org.
Thumbs down: To an Illinois House committee’s decision to put $100 million toward a Barack Obama Presidential Library. We’re certainly not opposed to such a facility, nor it being built in Chicago – we hope it is – but spending that kind of taxpayer money with the rationale that it will be a tourist boon for Chicago is flimsy. Chicago isn’t Little Rock, Ark., or College Station, Texas. We welcome the future facility, but we’d prefer that presidential libraries be built with private funds, particularly given Illinois’ dire financial condition.
Thumbs up: To 6-year-old Crystal Lake girl Allison Vander Mey, who has put together Easter baskets, using money she received from the tooth fairy, to bring to sick children at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Vander Mey’s act of kindness serves as a shining example of generosity.
Thumbs down: To the Harvard District 50 School Board for keeping presentations and discussion regarding the decision to switch athletic conference affiliations off its agendas and minutes of its meetings over the past six months. Harvard is the only district involved in the new Kishwaukee River Conference to do this and the only district to claim it did not need to vote on the matter. There are loopholes public entities attempt to take advantage of in open meetings laws, and Harvard has attempted to do that. Hiding information on a topic of public interest such as this is bad policy for the people of Harvard.
Thumbs down: To Peoria police for the overreaction it displayed over a fake Twitter account. Police raided a home, seized computers and phones and hauled several people in to be questioned because of an account that parodied the city’s mayor. The raid occurred Tuesday, weeks after Twitter already suspended the account. Sounds like someone needs some thicker skin.