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Kevin Malone April 23, 2014 at 11:14 AM
I say replace/remove the dam. It only serves to create a wide, deep area upriver for motor boats. Read MoreThis same need can be filled with a dam similar to the Yorkville design. It has several steps down, eliminating the "boil" that is so dangerous. Plus, it had a chute for white water kayaking and fish migration. Its pretty, its functional, and its safe. (mostly. Water is always dangerous, but it doesn't have to be as dangerous as the Geneva dam).
Thanks Russell, In Illinois 619 persons died of Colon Cancer in firstRead Morequart er of 2014--a preventable cancer. Michigan--on the other side of big lake that divides Illinois had much lower deaths. Reasons: Screening rate in Michigan is 72 % vs.56% in Illinois. Like you,I am urging people to get Colon Cancer Screening beginning at age 40. We offer much lower cost-Colonoscopy in our office to make it more affordable for people of Illinois.
Mike April 11, 2014 at 08:24 PM
Jack - the plural of 'virus' is 'viruses', not 'virii'.
Mitch Dinges April 15, 2014 at 10:27 PM
Carry an air horn. Coyotes are afraid of loud noises. Better yet, get a Roadrunner as a pet. Read MoreThe y know how to fend off coyotes.
Kevin Malone April 23, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Start now on hazing. Coyotes are here to stay. I'm not sure what you want the city to do aboutRead Moreit. Walk around with guns and start blasting away at all the dogs and coyotes? Set out poison? Trap and release in someone else's back yard? Thats not very nice. Instead, take action. http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/coyotes/tips/hazing_guidelines.html
Tony Pedretti March 20, 2014 at 10:07 PM
I am a Downers Grove home owner, resident and volunteer for the Yes for Independent MapsRead Morecampaign. I can answer any questions about our solution or how you can help. Call me anytime at 312.834.3069 - or - email indymapsdg@gmail.com
Tony Pedretti March 20, 2014 at 11:23 PM
You can also reach out to us from our website. Click on The Campaign at the top of the page forRead Moremor e information. http://independentmaps.org/
Tony Pedretti March 15, 2014 at 09:55 AM
I am a Downers Grove home owner, resident and volunteer for the Yes for Independent MapsRead Morecampaign. I can answer any questions about our solution or how you can help. Call me anytime at 312.834.3069 - or - email indymapsdg@gmail.com
Tony Pedretti March 15, 2014 at 09:56 AM
You can also reach out to us from our website. Click on The Campaign at the top of the page forRead Moremor e information. http://independentmaps.org/
Jack Johnson March 14, 2014 at 05:08 AM
There is clearly no "right" way to handle bullying, if we knew how to then it wouldn't be Read Morea problem. I strongly believe that a student run organization specifically designed to stop bullies by teaching empathy is the only route to go though. Dan, you couldn't have been more spot on, a bully won't stop due to discipline because it only frustrates the bully more. I love this idea and will do anything I can to help get the ball rolling and be a part of it.
Todd Sweet March 17, 2014 at 01:00 AM
Dan, as Josh Sweet's dad, I'm most interested in your comment: "I have to say that I agreeRead Morewith the lack of attention and commemoration given to Josh Sweet." I wonder what you would like the school (or anyone else) to do for Josh's memory?
Colin C. March 17, 2014 at 09:32 AM
Dan, as I mentioned in posts to Max's and Jake's letter, my wife and I developed a program thatRead Morehelp s schools and teens with these problems for some 30 years and have some relevant experience to offer. We are retired and not really willing to take on the load of re-creating the kind of program that we ran in New York; it requires more time and energy than we have to give at this point in our lives. However, we would be more than happy to share what we have learned with anyone who is interested in exploring effective ways of addressing the concerns that have been raised here. It might help save some time and the frustration of trying to re-invent the wheel. If anyone is interested we would be glad to meet with you and discuss possibilities. one or several of you would need to get together a group of interested people, I would suggest no more than six to eight to start with, contact us, and we can arrange to meet; at our house on 6th st. if you like. We'll get the pizza and pop or whatever. Since the program that we ran, Human Understanding and Growth Seminars, Inc (HUGS,Inc on FaceBook and located in Westhampton Beach, NY) was totally student centered, I would suggest that one of the students who have written letters might take the lead, get a group together that should include at least a couple of adults, and give us a call. 630 404-2009 (please, for anyone reading this post, don't misuse my phone number). I hope that we might be able to do something to help.
Todd Sweet March 15, 2014 at 11:48 PM
As Josh Sweet's dad, I'm interested in the comments as well as the original post. Is there a wayRead Moreto get email notices of new comments without posting a comment yourself? I know on the other open letter after I posted I started to receive notices when others commented.
Colin C. March 16, 2014 at 08:53 AM
Mr. Sweet, I don't know what the Patch policy is but I find that as a registered Patch user, whichRead Moreo ne must be in order to post, I get an e-mail for every new post to any discussion that I have already posted to. As I'm sure you know, there are two separate discussions on this topic; responses to Max's letter and responses to Jake's letter. I hope that helps.
Todd Sweet March 17, 2014 at 12:56 AM
Thanks Colin. I did post on Jake's letter and got emails about replies. I posted here to 1) getRead Morere plies as I now posted and 2) to see if anyone did know of another way besides posting.
Erin Lotterer March 14, 2014 at 09:54 AM
As a parent of a student at GMSN. I truly believe that the action taken needs to start at theRead Moremiddl e school level and continue on thru high school. I am amazed and saddened at how awful these children treat one another especially the girls. These kids should be encouraged to empower one another and stand together not to tear each other down. And seriously, the whole "if we don't see or hear it, there's nothing we can do about it" needs to stop!
lablover March 14, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Geneva HS has had LONG history of bullying cases and they do nothing. My son was involved in aRead Moresit uation several years back. Many times the issue and parties involved were brought to the attention of GHS Deans and nothing was done. Thankfully, the child didn't harm themself, but it could easily have gone the other way. There is a huge issue that needs to be addressed. Just as there is zero tolerance for alcohol and drugs on campus......so be it with bullying too. All can lead to death. Wake up Geneva schools !
Kate Oakley March 20, 2014 at 12:33 AM
My daughter was a student at GHS and was bullied by a much larger boy because mutual friends ofRead Morethei rs tried to talk her into drinking and smoking pot - and she told them no. The friends turned on her, the boy harassed her constantly at school - and the Vice Principal gave me lip service: "These things happen". For months, passing periods and lunch became a misery for her. My daughter was gossiped about, accused of saying things to others that ruined other friendships. And still - nothing happened. When it escalated to physical threats on Facebook (that I copied, pasted and printed, then brought in to the school) and shoving in the halls, I got the police involved. My A-B Honor Roll daughter's grades took a dive; soon she hated school and she quickly learned that the Administrators simply did not want to hear it. She was told that SHE needed to develop a thicker skin. When the bullies started hanging out at her locker, she was told that SHE shouldn't go where they were known to hang out. BTW - these darling children were all from well-to-do, well-connected Geneva families - parents that contributed to and volunteered much for the school and the community. I hate to think that was the reason for the lackadaisical response from the Administration. My daughter is now attending college, happy to have left GHS and her tormentors behind. And the bullies? A few have already started building their rap sheets, appearing in The Crime Blotter of our local newspaper: drunk driving, under-aged drinking, arrests for pot, violent behavior, retail theft - one has wrecked car after car after car. Daddy just buys another one. Their parents must be so proud.
Tony Pedretti March 11, 2014 at 10:58 PM
I am a Downers Grove home owner, resident and volunteer for the Yes for Independent MapsRead Morecampaign. I can answer any questions about our solution or how you can help. Call me anytime at 312.834.3069 - or - email indymapsdg@gmail.com
Tony Pedretti March 11, 2014 at 10:59 PM
You can also reach out to us from our website. Click on The Campaign at the top of the page forRead Moremor e information. http://independentmaps.org/
troy groetken March 12, 2014 at 03:33 PM
Chris, With all due respect, I spoke with Lorraine today and she indicated to me that she wasRead Moresorry that she DID NOT include in the email to the coordinators the need for a prompt 6:30 pm arrival. Further, no text or phone number was included in the email communication regarding the meeting. So apparently your communication on this one was poor. Lorraine already agreed via telephone call earlier today. I think you should speak with Lorraine. Further, why have a meeting at a facility then that needs to remain locked when a perfectly good structure is right next door at the Kane County Judicial Center? There is even a large lunch room area within that facility and meeting rooms. This seems to be the solution rather than have volunteers to continue to go through the headache of these meetings in this fashion, especially if emergencies and criminals need to be processed at the other facility. This speaks volumes to planning and forethought. What I do fear is that a number of volunteers will just give up going to these meetings and continue to just work within their respective communities until a better meeting location, better planning and better forethought are completed. Again, leadership is by example not words. Officer Williams and his team can illustrate that now by moving the meeting to a location that is more amenable to attendance by citizen volunteers. Volunteers! Moreover, Officer Williams is in charge of this program not current Sheriff Perez. The political undertone to the response is quite obvious and rather disappointing. The real issue here is fix the problem. Period. Otherwise, you may start to lose a number of hard working dedicated volunteers.
Chris March 13, 2014 at 12:13 AM
hmmm ...have definitely been in touch with Lorraine. Good luck Troy.
troy groetken March 13, 2014 at 05:11 AM
And to you. I am glad to see a first step for discussion of this issue was taken. I do hope a newRead Moreme eting place will be selected.