Thumbs-up: To Woodstock High School for hiring 1999 graduate Mike Brasile as the school’s varsity football coach Tuesday. Brasile helped the Blue Streaks to a state championship in 1997. While his football résumé is impressive, it’s his commitment to the Woodstock community, where he has continued to live while teaching and coaching in other districts, that make his hire a slam dunk.
Thumbs-up: To McHenry Township officials for approving a measure to put a referendum to voters in November asking whether the road district should be eliminated. As Trustee Bob Anderson, a longtime opposer of townships, said, “This is a really rare opportunity for a resident to have a chance at the ballot box to reduce the size and cost of Illinois’ 7,000 governments.” We agree. There are too many bodies of government in the state that are costing taxpayers too much money. Opponents of the referendum say a cost study should be conducted first to prove whether consolidation would save taxpayers money. We agree that more research on the topic should be done before November so voters can make an informed decision, but, ultimately, the decision should be in the hands of the residents.
Thumbs-down: To the effect of continued mass shootings across the country, which have caused local school districts and entities to spend more time and tax dollars to increase security. While we applaud the districts for reacting appropriately to keep students safe, the reason that all three Algonquin-based District 300 high schools and Woodstock School District 200 buildings had more police than normal on-site Thursday is certainly a negative one.
Thumbs-up: To Crystal Lake-based AptarGroup, for its donation of 1,000 doses of Narcan – a nasal spray that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose – to the McHenry County state’s attorney. AptarGroup coordinated with Adapt Pharma to donate the spray to the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition. Aptar makes the unit dose dispenser that comes with each dose of naloxone nasal spray. Opioid abuse remains a large public health problem and anything to help save lives in this battle is crucial.