The Herald-News Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:
Thumbs up: to all of those who turned out Wednesday to honor Marine Lance Cpl. Steven Hancock, a 2011 graduate of Coal City High School, who died last week after falling from an aircraft during a training flight in North Carolina. Hundreds of people, holding American flags, lined the streets of Morris as the hearse carrying Hancock headed toward U.C. Davis – Callahan Funeral Home. Police and fire personnel, as well as the Illinois Patriot Guard and the Leatherneck Motorcycle Club, escorted the Hancock family from O’Hare Airport to Morris. It was a fitting tribute to a young man who dedicated his life to military service.
Thumbs up: to Jacqueline Rosinski of New Lenox, longtime volunteers – along with her three daughters – for the American Cancer Society Frankfort Mokena Relay For Life. Rosinski’s recent breast cancer diagnosis and treatments didn’t change her resolve; it nudged her to the next level. Rosinski decided to form a 100 member team and she has met that goal. She’s now focused on raising $20,000 for the ACS. Why this commitment? To give back to the organization that helped Rosinski’s mother when she had lung cancer many years ago. Now that’s gratitude and dedication.
Thumbs down: to the Forest Preserve District of Will County for issuing a citation to a woman after her Facebook posting suggested she may have gone into a dog park without a permit. Give credit, however, to the Forest Preserve District for dropping the citation and admitting it was a bad idea after the matter got media attention and criticism from Forest Preserve Commissioner Steve Balich. Still, the wording of the Facebook posting suggests that the forest preserve police officer misread it anyway. And, if it’s that easy to be fined in Will County, we’re all in trouble. Thankfully, common sense prevailed.
Thumbs up: to the student gardeners at Joliet West and Joliet Central high schools. Not only are the Garden Clubs’ members learning the value of hard work and patience, but they are donating their crops to those in need. Because of the science, business ethics and philanthropy lessons they are learning, these students have already created a more positive community for themselves and the rest of Joliet. This is a collaboration between the schools, the Joliet Partners in Education, Exxon-Mobil and the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners – a true example of community partnership.