Thumbs-down: To flooding. McHenry County saw its fair share of flooding in June – and the National Weather Service said it has been one of the wettest months on record. This week, residents along the Fox River piled sandbags to help protect their homes from the rising river. Unincorporated McHenry residents dried out their homes Thursday after flooding that they believe was caused by a roundabout project. And the city of Crystal Lake has once again stepped in to help Lakewood after significant rainfall overloaded its sanitary sewer system.
Thumbs-up: To Marian Central senior Thor Paglialong, who committed this week to continue his education and football career at Air Force Academy. The Hurricanes offensive lineman has worked tirelessly throughout his high school career to improve on the field and capture the attention of college coaches. We applaud his dedication, hard work and commitment to serve his country.
Thumbs-down: To misleading language. There has been far too much debate about the country’s federal immigration laws to tackle in this brief space, but one specific detail seems worth examining. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives was considering two immigration reform bills, one of which became known as the compromise option. And while that technically might be true, voters might need to dig into the details a bit to learn that the compromise is between the center and hard-right groups of House Republicans – neither option involved Democratic support. It’s hard to blame the lawmakers themselves here. After all, if folks are making a compromise, even with colleagues on their own side of the aisle, then calling it that seems fair. So perhaps it falls on the media – we’re including ourselves – to be more diligent about contextualizing remarks as opposed to simply parroting. We just want readers and voters – and again, ourselves – to remember that not all compromises are bipartisan, and it’s important to split those hairs in the name of understanding.