Thumbs-up: To the Rotary Club of Woodstock. The organization’s annual Christmas Clearing House is expected to brighten the holidays for about 1,200 local families this year. The club works with community members, local businesses, the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Toys for Tots and hundreds of volunteers to bring Christmas to families within Woodstock School District 200 boundaries, including Woodstock and western Wonder Lake. The families get food for a family dinner and presents for the kids. This a major undertaking that wouldn’t be possible without the help of local businesses and volunteers. We laud their efforts to spread cheer.
Thumbs-down: To presidential tweets reaching still-lower lows. This week, after New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, called for Donald Trump to resign over sexual abuse allegations, Trump fired back on social media. He said Gillibrand “would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump.” Many people took the “do anything” in that tweet as sexually suggestive, which is doubly damning considering he has been accused of sexual harassment. Some newspapers have called for Trump to step down; that’s not happening. Perhaps just as futile is to wish that Trump would act more presidential and stop firing childish insults at political adversaries on social media and at public appearances. Nevertheless, we persist.
Thumbs-up: To the women who spoke at McHenry County Magazine’s Women’s Power Luncheon. The panel was made up of a group of community leaders and role models in McHenry County, and all shared their stories on their journeys toward professional and personal development. The women shared advice on everything from adapting in times of change to seizing opportunities to being fearless. We are happy to have such strong leaders in the county, and hope they can be an inspiration to others.
Thumbs-down: To Thursday Night Football. The NFL’s player safety campaign remains nothing more than a laughable marketing ploy as long as the league continues to force Thursday night games on its fans. Last week it was New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara leaving with a concussion after one series. This week it was Indianapolis Colts tight end Brandon Williams suffering a scary head injury. Asking players to suit up Sunday and then turn around and do it again Thursday is ridiculous and unsustainable. The players are suffering, the product is suffering, and fans are tuning out.