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December 12, 2018

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Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Jean SmilingCoyote

I share Rebecca Groble Hull's complaint about businesses which do not clear their sidewalks of ice and snow. I just want people to know that while crampons are a superb choice for traction, they don't have to be mountaineering crampons. Many mountaineering crampons require the boot have a very stiff sole, and they can be expensive. Several styles of crampons are made for urban pedestrians. People can check out stores like REI or L.L. Bean to find suitable city crampons.


Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Ellen Alexander

Last Supper
The dead Jews in Pittsburgh would have shared a fresh challah bread
After finishing Sabbath prayers.
The dead children at Parkland would have devoured their sandwiches, instead of leaving them, still wrapped, in untouched backpacks after their bodies were removed.
If you have been murdered, can you still call it a prayer service? A last supper?



Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Ellen Alexander

Ode II AR-15: Pittsburgh
In the midst of the shema the elderly fall Forward.
Devout citizenry and priests wrap them in white linen.
Bodies still wet with blood.
Again and yet more blameless lives are lost in darkness.
God rules His Kingdom blindly, His outstretched arms cannot reach the dying
They will not be touched again.
The lonely, the enraged and the sickly hide their deepening despair,
They quietly sing lullabies of hatred to each other and the Cloud,
And cuddle their AR 15s, hidden, invisible and silent – until it is certain
That there will be no commandment from God.
Only a warning. Choose Grace or hate.



Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association/Canal Shores

Statement About MWRD Vote
The Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association issued the following statement on Nov. 16 regarding the 5-4 vote to allow the Cook County Highway Department to construct a road through a portion of one hole of the golf course:
“On November 15, the MWRD Board voted 5-4 to approve the request for an easement on the 10th hole of Canal Shores Golf Course that will pave the way for construction of a 426-foot-long road for the benefit of a politically-connected landowner. While this vote is a stunning setback and sets a dangerous precedent by permitting the use of public land for private benefit, this is only the first step in a much larger battle, one that is not over yet. Canal Shores has been around for 100 years, and we will fight to ensure it is around for another 100 years.
“We are grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support from golfers, neighbors, conservationists and countless others who oppose construction of a roadway at public expense for the sole benefit of a private developer.”



Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Rebecca Groble Hull

Winter is once again upon with the beauty snow brings. And once again, some sidewalks in the business districts are shoveled and de-iced and others are not. Some alley sidewalks between businesses are easy to cross and others are a sheet of ice. Some meters are easy to reach, and others require mountaineering crampons and trekking poles. I want to support our local businesses, but when the city and business owners can't keep sidewalks clear including easy access to meters, I'm not able to.


Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Craig McClure

The "Yes" vote to save the Harley Clarke was a fantasy perpetuated by a common fallacy in Evanston - that "other people" will pay for it.

The ballot question was sort of like "Do you want Santa Claus to come to your house?" When Santa brings presents, they're free, aren't they? Who isn't going to vote "Yes" on that?

As I said during the League of Women Voters Evanston forum in which I was one of the panelists, no one is showing up with the BIG CHECK on the "Save" side. The last time they tried, the Lakehouse Gardens group came up short in their fundraising, and they tried to foist a financially risky lease onto the city.

I'm proud to be one of the contributors to the Evanston Lighthouse Dunes group, and I'm in good company there. Like many other contributors to that group, we live nowhere near the Harley Clarke.

Ultimately, the city needs to continue working toward getting that architecturally insignificant "McMansion" structure removed from that lakefront property using the funds raised by ELD. Hopefully the city succeeds because city funds are certainly not there for this.




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