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Our View: Source of pride for veterans

Published: Saturday, June 28, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

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

Thumbs up: To the Cary-Grove AMVETS and everyone involved in bringing a few hundred veterans from area Veteran’s Administration hospitals to Fox River Grove for a day of boating, fishing and picnicking at Lions Park. The event, which has lasted 27 years, is a great source of pride to the area in its demonstration of hospitality to such a valuable group to which we all owe our gratitude. It’s also more than a gesture and something the visiting veterans appreciate tremendously.

Thumbs up: To Crystal Lake police. Early Tuesday, a local story was spreading across Facebook that police impersonators robbed a male driver of $100 during a traffic stop in Crystal Lake. The story was false, and Crystal Lake PD confirmed as such by Tuesday afternoon. Crystal Lake police have enough to worry about, and this shouldn’t be one of those things, but kudos for putting an end to the fear this story was spreading across social media.

Thumbs up: To contested races in November’s general election. This week, the race for McHenry County sheriff became contested. Jim Harrison collected enough signatures to run as an independent against Republican nominee Bill Prim, pending any challenges to the signatures. Despite independent candidates having a more difficult time getting on the ballot, Harrison likely inclusion on the ballot means voters will have a choice when electing the next county sheriff.

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