The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:
Thumbs up: To Don Lewis Sr., whose contributions to nonprofits in Crystal Lake and greater McHenry County have helped an untold number of people for decades. Lewis died Wednesday at the age of 84. We offer our condolences to his family and friends. But we also celebrate his life and philanthropic ways. He gave generously to the Pioneer Center for Human Services, Centegra Health System, the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County and the McHenry County Community Foundation, among others, and we thank him for it.
Thumbs down: To the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s office for offering Shane Lamb another deal. Lamb is a career criminal and five-time convicted felon. It’s one thing for Lamb to provide the state with testimony that led to a murder conviction in a decade-old murder case. It’s quite another on his latest charge, where he’s accused of breaking into a McHenry condo to steal a safe containing guns and other valuables.
Thumbs up: To the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, who have launched a Bring Your Own Bag campaign to encourage shoppers to forgo single-use plastic bags in favor of reusable cloth or canvas bags brought from home. Plastic bags clog landfills, pollute waterways and can harm wildlife, so limiting their use is a worthy goal. However, while we support the Defenders’ educational efforts, we stop short of supporting regulations to ban the bags like ones that have been approved in Chicago and Los Angeles, which would be an overstep of government and could inconvenience shoppers and businesses.
Thumbs up: To sweet corn season. Local farmers have started selling sweet corn across McHenry County. Nothing says summer like fresh corn on the cob. Area vendors and producers say the season has started strong despite a cold winter and cool spring delaying the start of sweet corn season. But that has its benefits, said Gary Pack of Twin Garden Farms in Harvard: “The slow growth actually makes it a little sweeter.”