DAN MORAN: On Dec. 7, 1941, they were men in their early 20s who had grown up during the Great Depression and joined the Navy from places like Charleson, W. Va., and Casey, Iowa. Seventy-two years later, they are living the life of retired gentlemen in and around Lake County, and their memories of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are razor-sharp.
No money for tax hikes: The Mayor of Winthrop Harbor says he needs $15 more from our taxes to pay for the police pensions. The North Shore Sanitary District is also raising their taxes along with the College of Lake County and the Zion-Benton Township High School. People that are on fixed incomes just don’t have the money.
EDITORIAL: The U.S. government every year gives North Chicago $5.4 million in Federal Impact Aid, which makes up for lost state property taxes on military land and Indian land. That’s 10 percent of District 187’s revenue. If sequestration continues, the district could lose half of its current aid amount.
Silence speaks volumes: Does anyone else wonder why there hasn’t been a response from Mayor Lane Harrison of Zion regarding all the claims of insufficient governance in the city. All you ever hear is, the city has no comment. Why would a man, put in power of an entire community, not have anything to say to all these claims. The silence speaks volumes.
DAN MORAN: To paraphrase John Lennon, bad traffic is what happens to you while you’re busy taking alternate routes. And so it was that I found myself caught the other day in a truly thick traffic jam that apparently is the current norm for commuters in and around Libertyville.
EDITORIAL: No single solutions answer all questions. There are few perfect remedies. That’s why it’s way too early to suggest that North Chicago’s $300,000 investment in new laptops to totally immerse its high school will make the academic needle move. The district’s nearly-permanent academic coma would have been enough reason for the state to take over District 187 last year.
EDITORIAL: If you watch every publication’s reader responses to news of the day, you might wonder if our nation has more jerks than once was the case. For example, when added misfortune strikes those who are poor — as it did in Waukegan last week with a lawsuit alleging bed bug infestation in public housing — one response invariably demands they get a job and stop being poor.
Two quarterbacks: Come on, Chicago Bears, you can do it this year. Let’s keep Cutler on with Josh because we need two good quarterbacks. If Chicago has any brains, they’ll keep them both.
EDITORIAL: The family of Aracely Villasenor might have wished this year’s Thanksgiving might at least offered a final moment to mourn and move onward.
Won’t miss Kringle’s: Our family was one of those families that won’t miss Kringle’s Kingdom this year. After it was moved to the Warwick building it was so different, especially outside. It used to be a winter wonderland and we were so full of joy riding through it. But when it moved inside of the new building it was dark and dirty. I’m not going to miss it because of where it was.
DAN MORAN: Perhaps you saw the headline over the weekend about the Illinois Tollway estimating that only 1 in 20 motorists on its roadways observes the 55 mph speed limit.
Licensing casinos: Why can’t the State of Illinois approve licensing for the casinos that have been proposed for years now? The money could be used to help fund the state pensions. Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan make millions of dollars from casinos that border Illinois. Why isn’t Illinois smart enough to figure out how to get those dollars and bail out the pension systems?
EDITORIAL: When Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley reached out to animal rescue groups in the region recently, he was taking the most important first step possible in saving the city’s animals.
End to child abuse: Child abuse will end when more people realize that our children do not come from us, they come through us.
DAN MORAN: I think we can all agree that it is good that this delayed Thanksgiving is a rare thing, because Christmas season — the real Christmas season, not the one defined by when they start playing Mannheim Steamroller 24/7 at the malls — ends up getting the bum’s rush when Nov. 1 falls on a Friday.
OUR VIEW: Now, more than ever, people everywhere, including Lake County are faced with negative effects of the economy. Some are desperate, down on their luck because of poverty, illness or other circumstances.