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Our View: Thumbs up to Pam Cumpata, thumbs down to Algonquin Township residents feeling threatened

Attorney Robert Hanlon (left) representing Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser attend the monthly Algonquin Township Board meeting in Crystal Lake on June 14. Hanlon sent Algonquin resident Jennie McCracken a subpoena to have her appear in court after McCracken visited an Algonquin Township meeting to share her concerns with Algonquin Township trustees about the staggering amount of legal fees logged by Hanlon.
Attorney Robert Hanlon (left) representing Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser attend the monthly Algonquin Township Board meeting in Crystal Lake on June 14. Hanlon sent Algonquin resident Jennie McCracken a subpoena to have her appear in court after McCracken visited an Algonquin Township meeting to share her concerns with Algonquin Township trustees about the staggering amount of legal fees logged by Hanlon.

Thumbs-up: To Pam Cumpata. Cumpata served as president of the nonprofit McHenry County Economic Development Corp. for eight years. During that time, she worked to raise the profile of McHenry County, encourage workforce development and forge lasting partnerships. We applaud her work on behalf of local businesses. John Cain, CEO and board chairman of Scot Forge, put it this way: “She could always see the bigger picture – she understood if business was to thrive here, the talent pool had to be built. We and many other growing businesses here and [in] McHenry have benefited from her vision.” That’s high praise and we couldn’t agree more. We’d be remiss here not to mention the work of MCEDC Vice President Jean Schober. Cumpata has frequently pointed out Schober’s contributions to the organization’s cause. We laud both for their service to McHenry County.

Thumbs-down: To an Algonquin Township resident feeling threatened by Highway
Commissioner Andrew Gasser’s lawyer, Robert Hanlon. Jennie McCracken spoke out at a
Nov. 8 Algonquin Township meeting to call for an investigation into Hanlon – a lawyer whose firm had billed the township more than $130,000 for legal services through October. The next day, Hanlon subpoenaed her. McCracken, daughter of McHenry County Board member Don Kopsell and a family friend of embattled former Highway Commissioner Bob Miller, said she thought the move was “dirty and unprofessional,” and we agree. McCracken – and all residents – should feel free to voice their opinions at government meetings, and any attempts to stop people from doing this need to end.

Thumbs-down: To a looming nuclear crisis. North Korea this week test-fired a gigantic nuclear missile, which it claims it can launch from a mobile erector-launcher vehicle. As North Korea continues to grow its nuclear and missile capability, the ways in which we console ourselves about the threat grow less reassuring. This week, an expert said that while Kim Jong Un’s latest ICBM would have a range of 8,100 miles, the nuclear payload North Korea would put on it would reduce its range so that it “barely reaches Seattle.” The nuclear threat to the U.S. and its allies around the world grows with each passing month, and the North Korean regime has proved it is willing to let its people starve to pursue nuclear ambitions. North Korea either must be defeated or accommodated. Nuclear war is not an option.

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