The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:
Thumbs down: To artificially inflated gas prices. Turmoil in Iraq is the latest reason given for the price of a gallon of gas increasing to more than $4 in McHenry County and the Chicago area. Gas prices usually drop gradually after Memorial Day, but not this year. The average cost has risen every day for a week, and analysts expect more increases to come. If it weren’t a crisis in Iraq, we’re sure some other “event” would be blamed for sticking it to motorists.
Thumbs up: To Brenda Napholz, Adam Clinard and other Crystal Lake residents who have opened a teen center called The Break on Route 14. More opportunities for teenagers to spend their time and entertain themselves in a constructive environment is positive news for the community. There’s a coffee shop, billiards, table tennis, video games, a music room, an art room and more. It’s worth a visit if you’re interested.
Thumbs up: To the Illinois State Board of Elections for ruling a measure calling for lawmaker term limits had enough valid signatures to appear on the November ballot. The Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits’ proposed constitutional amendment still faces a court challenge to its constitutionality. There also is time to file objections to the amendment. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva said she would issue her written decision about the ballot question by noon June 27.
Thumbs up: To the District 158 Education Foundation for funding $10,000 in scholarships for graduating Huntley seniors. With the rising costs of higher education and graduates’ increasing issues paying off college loan debt, scholarships such as these help to make the college experience more affordable for students who choose to attend and put in the time and effort in school and the application process to be selected for these awards.