Thumbs-up: To all who have served our country in the armed forces. Thank you for your service on this Veterans Day.
Thumbs-down: To a nationwide flurry of accusations of sexual harassment and other misconduct among prominent people. In the past few weeks, we have seen powerful men from the world of entertainment and politics accused. Men and women have come forward to complain of inappropriate behavior by various figures, including producer Harvey Weinstein and actors Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K., politicians such as state Sen. Ira Silverstein, Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and others. Some of the allegations are recent, and others are from years or decades ago. Although we’ve become much more aware as a society since Anita Hill accused now Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991, it’s clear sexual harassment is not something that is going to go away. That makes it a responsibility of employers and other institutions to take steps to stop it, including punishing those who cross the line.
Thumbs-up: To all of the local high school athletes signing their national letters of intent this week. The fall signing period officially brings an end to the long recruiting process for dozens of high school seniors who finally get to sign with their college choice. It’s a culmination of years of hard work put in not only by the athlete, but from parents and coaches.
Thumbs-up: To the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District for launching a new website with meeting minutes, agendas and financial information. This is something we expect of every taxing body, and we’re glad the sanitary district finally caught up. The website – www.lithsd.com – was created to increase transparency, district President Eric Hansen said. Hansen and Kyle Kane were appointed by McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, and both have said the former district leaders lacked transparency when it came to day-to-day business and public information. We agree. Some previous leaders had pushed to buy land in Kane County for more than $950,000 in an apparent move to prevent consolidation. The purchase later was halted, and now discussions on whether consolidation makes sense are continuing. We like the step the sanitary district is taking, and whether it ends up being consolidated or not, we hope information regarding its finances and meetings always will be easy for the public to access.