Letters to the Editor

Letter: Chickens in Crystal Lake

To the Editor:

COVID-19 seems to have numbed our proactive, think-outside-the-box abilities. And I’ll pare it down to this one particular chance our Crystal Lake City Council had and passed on, again.

Pandemic mode is here and our children’s education is now in the hands of parents and a computer. Can we just start thinking how education can evolve to meet this phenomenon?

Let’s start using it and stop using it as an excuse for just about anything we want.

Hands-on learning, family time, food, research, needs, experience (yard-table) to name a few educational goals could have been given a chance, but our City Council said no chickens.

Someone could have curriculum this into a win-win for our city. Live science, relevant online research, opportunity for learning in multiple forms.

We need to move education ahead. We all need to be thinking how to do this. Crystal Lake has blinders on and missed an opportunity to take advantage of this simple situation.

Not that many years ago our City Council said allowing chickens in Crystal Lake was not in our image.

Visions of grandiose. Some of the most elite suburbs in Illinois allow its citizens to keep chickens. This was a chance to combine wants and needs to move us forward.

I’m saddened by the lack of opportunity lost.

Sue Rancak

Crystal Lake

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