Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Random Thoughts Of Another

I like reading Thomas Sowell. For the uninitiated, Dr. Sowell is an economist that writes a syndicated column. Periodically, he writes a 'Random Thoughts' column. Two items in his most recent 'Random Thoughts' musings...

"Wal-Mart has done more for poor people than any ten liberals, at least nine of whom are almost guaranteed to hate Wal-Mart."

"If you didn't know that Governor Rod Blagojevich was a Democrat, you are unlikely to find out from the mainstream media. But, if you didn't know that recently convicted Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska was a Republican, the media made sure to tell you."

How True!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Partnering Is Good Government

Today I attended a groundbreaking ceremony in Naperville for the construction of the intersection of Washington St. and 75th St. This will include establishing a trail under 75th St. Dignitaries included Naperville Mayor George Pradel, Councilmen Darlene Senger, Ken Miller, Dick Furstenau, County Board Members Michael Connelly and Jim Healy, Naperville Park District President Suzanne Hart, and myself. It was cold and windy, so we all kept our comments brief. Eventually the event will be shown on NCTV 17.

The project is a great example of partnering with other governments to accomplish many goals. For the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County the benefits include a safe passage under 75th St., connecting a couple of our trail segments, and allowing DuPage Citizens to enjoy more of the open space along the West Branch of the DuPage River. Working together makes the process more efficient, reducing the time to finish the project and at a lower cost for all concerned. This is good government at work. I look forward to continue to partner with others to achieve the most for our common interests.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Schadenfreude, Where Have You Gone?

Normally I might feel a certain schadenfreude (that is, taking joy at someone's misfortune) when a Democrat puts their foot in it. However, the recent legal complaint against Governor Blagojevich just leaves me heartsick for the State of Illinois.

I have been no fan of Governor Blagojevich and have written about it in this blog. (
here and here) He should resign and the Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn should be installed as the new Governor by weeks end. Short of that, I wonder how quickly Michael Madigan can dust off his impeachment memo?

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