Summering in Evanston

July marks the summer’s peak. Since June 21, daylight has been getting shorter, and last Friday marked the aphelion, the one day a year the earth is farthest from the sun. And the Fourth of July always seems to be the mid-summer mark.

Yet there is plenty of summer left for Evanston: Starlight Concerts and the Ethnic Arts and Lakeshore Arts festivals, the Evanston portion of the Grand Prix of Cycling, dancing on Thursdays in downtown Evanston, free movies under the stars at both the Evanston Art Center and Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art.  

Again this month we have disturbing economic news, that the nationwide recession is deeper and more far-reaching than some had predicted. So again we suggest that Evanstonians look here first when they are looking to buy.

We understand the value of savings, counter intuitive as it may seem to some. However, we are all going to buy groceries and, doubtless, staples and supplies. Many of us will go out to dinner and enjoy entertainment. So, whether it is casual or formal dining, movies, plays or concerts, adornments or services you are looking for, look here first. The business-owners here are supporting the community with their investments of time, sweat equity, passion and money.

We know that many people already make a conscious effort to support Evanston enterprises, and we hope that they and others will continue to do so.

Many readers of our print edition are also regular visitors to our newly designed website, www.evanstontable.com. In addition to most of what you find in the print edition, you will find a do-it-yourself on-line calendar, a section for non-profits and community groups to post articles, a community forum section where anyone may post views, and a place to submit comments on issues raised in articles.

We are working on ways to make our online paper more interactive, and we hope readers will feel free to express their opinions there on issues affecting Evanston and Evanstonians.

To post comments on the RoundTable‘s website, you will have to give your name and contact information, but only your name will be posted with your comments. We understand that other websites offer readers the opportunity to post comments anonymously, but we prefer the more straightforward way of doing business: People should be willing to stand by their comments. We do not believe this will chill dialogue, but in the long run will enhance it.

Further, as was noted in the page 1 story on gossip and rumors, unsubstantiated information can be damaging.

We recognize that many anonymous comments are thoughtful, but they lack the credibility of a comment submitted with a name. In addition, anonymous comments have often degenerated into mean-spirited attacks, rather than fostered a thoughtful discourse on the important issues facing our community.

By posting your name with your comments, you are taking a stand for civil discourse.

There are several virtual community groups in Evanston, and we understand that most of them require registration and names. None appears to be the worse off for that.

In addition, this newspaper has been in existence for 11 years and we have required names for letters to the editor. Rarely have we received a letter that was not well-written, thoughtful and interesting. We hope to keep that level of dialogue in our on line pages and hope that many of you will weigh in there, as well as in our print edition.