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July 21, 2018

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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Guestbook entry by: jim Signorelli

Why is it okay for issuance of an $85 million bond to re-construct Crowne while complaining that it would cost too much to refurbish and retain Harley Clark? Crown is NOT a money maker for the city having lst an average of $700,000 a year. Nothing against Crowne and what it provides the City, but I think a better excuse that "adding too much to taxes" should be used when discussing the demolition of Harley-Clark.

Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Michele Hays

Dear Editor: At the Evanston 4th of July Parade, I was disappointed to find myself arrested for an act of protest.
I went to the parade as a cautionary tale from my own heritage: an Abuela de Plaza de Mayo, one of the women whose children were “disappeared” by the Argentine government of the 1970s. While trying to call attention to national issues, part of my protest was an experiment: Evanston’s parade is famous for free speech, and during it, police frequently turn a blind eye to minor ordinance violations such as public consumption of alcohol, and people to walking across the route. I was fairly confident I would be allowed to walk a distance ahead of the parade without incident, and did so, trying to keep distance between myself and the beginning of the parade.
When police officers came and asked me to step aside, I told them I would comply once I reached the reviewing stand, as I was keeping pace with the parade and not obstructing it. I also informed them if they stopped me before that point, I would passively resist by going limp. After walking with me a block or so, the officers indicated they were going to remove me if I didn’t step aside, so I sat down and did as I said I would. They picked me up and carried me to the parkway, where they handcuffed me and took me to a holding cell.
I was charged with obstructing traffic and failure to obey a police officer. The parade route was closed, without traffic to obstruct, but even so, I would have moved further ahead of the parade and walked faster, had the police asked me. The officers, who were following orders as politely and efficiently as possible, had only the most disruptive solution possible available to them.
As a community, I fear we blame the police for abuses of power but while expecting them to use powers of arrest on inconveniences at least one member of the crowd called for me to be carried away. We need to look deeper than the police department to address injustice in Evanston, by working cooperatively with police to create effective checks and balances on police power and help citizens understand when it is and is not appropriate to call police. We need non-police solutions for minor problems and inconveniences.
One place to start is City code 9-5-18-1: refusal to obey an officer while violating City code. This redundant ordinance adds charges and increased fines while making it appear police have more power than they actually do. It appears on paperwork simply as “Disobedience to police in a public place.” Refusal to obey the police without an actual violation of law or ordinance is not a crime--it is, in fact, the right and duty of a free society to hold authority to a higher standard.,

Posted: Monday, July 9, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Bonnie James

On the Pumping Station: I am writing to correct the RoundTable’s reference to the City of Evanston’s claim of following “proper procedures for approving zoning.” The property on which the City approved the construction of the new pumping station is owned by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and proposed to be built and operated by the Morton Grove/Niles Water Commission.
None of the water is proposed for the benefit of Evanston residents.
The City’s development of a water system is a private enterprise and subject to its zoning law and process.
In this case the City did not go through zoning. No notices to any landowners adjacent or near the proposed pumping station were sent. The City Agenda merely referenced the agreement to sell water to Morton Grove/Niles.
As residents in this community how do you feel about your City thinking it has the power to exempt itself and others from its laws? How would you feel if the City changed the zoning from open land to a special use that requires state-level permitting, including for potential diesel engines that pollute the air with contaminates and noise?
Evanston exempted itself from laws and violated the rights of the nearby residents, most of whom are lower income and minority. Are these the elected officials we want in office, or do we want people who handle transactions with transparency and invite public input – particularly when it has a direct impact on your quality of life and value of your property?

Posted: Monday, July 9, 2018
Guestbook entry by: John Tuzon

Comment on Gun Violence Article: There will be no end to gun violence until people – all people – are willing to give up their guns. Most individuals in the United States own guns and don’t want to give them up they want others to give up their guns, not they.
This is a subconscious cultural thing and culture is very difficult to change. One hundred fifty years ago, in the Wild West, self-defense might have been a necessity, but not any more. Still, the gun culture persists. I bet, most people don’t really know why they own a gun. It is just a gut feeling. They rationalize and have all kinds of lame excuses. Why not own a gun?
Well, there is a very good reason why not. Until individuals, all individuals are willing to give up their guns, gun violence will remain.

Posted: Monday, July 9, 2018
Guestbook entry by: John T. Kessler, for the Evanston Sunrise Lions Club

Pill Bottle Project Continued
This letter is from the Evanston Sunrise Lions Club. We want to share with residents an update of our Pill Bottle Collection Project.
First and foremost: Wow! A huge thanks to all who have donated their pill bottles, cleaned the donated pill bottles, and/or acted as a collection site for the donated pill bottles.
The response has been super – almost overwhelming. More than 10,000 pill bottles have been donated – some by individuals and some by groups sending pill bottles by the hundreds. There are just too many to thank by name, but you know who you are: resident homes, churches, schools, banks, collectors, cleaners and of course individuals
The Lions wanted to continue the collection of pill bottles, both because people around the world need a safe container to take their meds home and because people here feel good when turning in their pill bottles to help others. Our club was delighted to help donors share with those who would benefit from the donations.
Nancy Troy, a Lion living at the Three Crowns, is a super-super pill-bottle washer. She has cleaned almost 1,000 pill bottles. Jane Roth decided that our project was a perfect one to ask others in the Mather Home to form a cleaning club, collecting and preparing the pill bottles to be sent to us so we could send them on to others.
The expense of sending the pill bottles overseas was quite high, but recently we found a wonderful solution to this difficulty. We learned of a stateside church in Cincinnati, Ohio, Matthew 25 Ministries, that has been and continues to accept pill bottles and sends them to areas around the world where they are needed.
So the tremendous news is that by the time of the printing of this letter 2,500 pill bottles will have been sent specifically to Haiti and 7,500 to Matthew 25 Ministries – that’s a total of 10,000 pill bottles sent from Evanston to those who can use them.
We plan to continue the project and would be grateful for additional pill bottles and donations of cash to cover transporting them.
Pill bottles can be dropped at any branch of the Evanston Bank and Trust or in the basket in front of 2333 Ridgeway Ave. Many retirement homes have collection boxes as well. Anyone who would like to have a collection box may call 847-492-1226.
The most usable pill bottles are those that have a label that can be peeled off cleanly.
Thanks again.

Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Guestbook entry by: S. Thiebaud

Save Harley Clarke with a proposal to energize and represent every ward in Evanston.In my opinion, the best and most influential use for the Harley Clarke Mansion would be a Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Its prominent lakefront location would affirm Evanston's commitment to ending hatred, discrimination and prejudice in the 21st century and inspire communities throughout the nation to prioritize this civic goal. This Center, through education programs, community engagement, exhibitions, collections and forums could transform public understanding and be a true agent of social change. We have a magnificent property in our possession worthy of preservation - why not utilize it to cultivate trust, respect, empathy and collaboration in our city while impacting and potentially transforming every visitor, school group and conference participant? We can raise funding from municipal, state and federal sources, leaders and foundations, corporate sponsors and local donors. If you like this idea, contact your council member.

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