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Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Community forum entry by: Fred Wittenberg

I urge all Evanstonians to vote yes for the “Safe Roads” Amendment on Nov. 8. I attend several trade shows annually at the Stephens Convention Center, on East River Road in Rosemont.
To get there, I walked underneath the two spans of I190, carrying traffic to and from O’Hare International Airport.
More than three years ago, being a qualified engineer, I noticed that there was extreme corrosion on the underside of these bridges. Each of these structures consists of four concrete-reinforced roadway panels sitting on steel saddles atop five concrete-reinforced piers.
Due to the joints between panels, the effect of winter road salts has attacked the saddles and has penetrated the concrete of both piers and panel ends, where embedded steel reinforcement corrosion within them displaces more concrete.
My initial concern is for people’s safety walking on either side of River Road, as there’s indication that chunks of concrete have already fallen.
So I went to Rosemont’s Safety Office, where I was referred to their engineer. He then directed me to IDOT. I then 311’d the City of Chicago, which also directed me to IDOT.
I then spoke with IDOT’s Sarah Wilson, who told me she knows about the situation, but the priority for this is 10 years “down the road,” and that was before our state was in the state it’s in now?
As of two weeks ago, there were no barriers to protect walkers from getting their heads split open by falling material.
Since nobody cares, I don’t know when one or more of those panels is going to settle, but one thing for sure is that if these structures “tank,” the only way to and from the airport is by Mannheim Road or the CTA’s Blue Line.
So stop Springfield from tapping these funds to fill their temporary budgets.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Community forum entry by: Kevin Coughlin

I can’t imagine voting for Barry Goldwater or Richard Nixon but if the alternative had been Donald Trump the decision would have been easy.

One of two people will be the next President. It won’t be Alfred E. Neuman or Colin Powell or Barry Sanders or the candidate of the Libertarian Party or the Green Party or the Bull Moose Party or the Anyone but Them Party.

If we don’t vote for Trump or Clinton we are passing this decision on to everyone else. Can we truly say they are equally flawed? What a coincidence that would be!

Isn’t Trump’s admiration for Vladimir Putin reason enough to keep him from being President? Reminds me of the acceptance of what Hitler was doing in the mid-1930s.

I am encouraged that so many people realize that Trump is not suited to be President. But there is another huge step to take.
Every vote that doesn’t go to Clinton gives Trump another chance to win or to come close to winning. And if he comes at all close do we expect Trump to exhibit Al Gore’s grace or, instead, to talk about riots in the streets as he has before?

Trump says, Vote for me. What the hell have you got to lose? How about, for starters, our lives, our fortunes, and, especially, our sacred honor?

This is not the last election. It did not take long for the pendulum to swing back after 1964 or Watergate. But let’s not let this be the election that ruins our country.

Let Trump have a TV show where he can be President but if we elect this vulgar delusional dangerous unprepared undisciplined bully we will regret it for the rest of our lives.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Community forum entry by: Priscilla Giles

Thanks to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Evanstonians and former kindergarten classmates Charlotte Camp (now Burke, of Virginia), Priscilla Giles, and Catherine (“Kitty”) Johnson were privileged to visit the White House in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 30.
After touring the White House we visited the National Museum of Natural History and had lunch. It felt like living history, discussing the sights seen in the White House and seeing the museum, many of which we remembered coming into existence. Guards at the White House advised a cab for us to see the new African American Museum (not yet open) – which we refused with 5-year-old minds and much older bodies.
Of course, the walk provided exercise as well as a challenge, on a 90+degree day, but they did it and it was a day well spent, with much to be remembered to tell our peers and younger generations

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Community forum entry by: Bill Farmer, Teachers’ Council President of ETHS

The Evanston/Skokie community is committed to supporting high-quality public schools that prepare every student for success in a diverse and increasingly interdependent world.

Because we believe that providing quality public education to every child is a priority, and because schools in both Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School (ETHS) District 202 are consistently recognized as top performing schools in the nation, we advocate for schools, families, and members of the broader community working together to create optimum conditions for students and educators that will maintain our public schools as a continuing source of pride.

The educators of ETHS District 202 rely on the talent and dedication of the educators in District 65 to prepare all Pre-K through 8th grade students for high school and beyond through engaging and compelling instruction. To transform public schools in our community, we need schools that are collaborative and innovative workplaces for educators.

As educators, we constantly strive to enhance the learning environments in which we teach. Contract negotiations provide an opportunity for educators and district leaders to collaborate on topics such as the allocation of resources, the structure of the school day, class size, and professional development plans to better support the work of educators with students in their classrooms.

Teachers’ Council of Evanston Township High School District 202, the professional union that represents the certified faculty of ETHS, supports District 65 Educators’ Council in their efforts to secure a fair collective bargaining agreement.

We stand behind their efforts to strengthen and transform the Evanston/Skokie public schools for all of our students.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Community forum entry by: Fred Wittenberg

In reading the Sept. 22 RoundTable, I was appalled by the Council’s decision to retain the protected bike lanes on Dodge Avnue. They made a token offer to remove the bollards (which they’d be doing for the winter anyway?), but at the great cost of losing half the CTA bus stops along the route. Additionally, 80-foot-long bus stop spaces would be provided, not planned anywhere in the original layout of this disaster. This change will only displace more homeowners from parking in front of their homes.
I can’t believe Evanston’s disdain for its populace, predicated on satisfying a few bicyclists, or just saving face. You’ve ignored your fire and police departments’ safety concerns and their ability to minimize their response times. You’ll be forcing those seniors and disadvantaged using the CTA’s 93, 97 and 206 routes to be further inconvenienced while you purport “Age-Friendly Transportation?” Fess up to the Feds, and tell them your use of their $484,000 CMAQ Funds for this project was used poorly. Then bring suit against the consultant we’ve paid $100,000 to, who assisted the City in not thinking this out well. As part of said suit, the City’s Corporation Counsel should force removal and return of Dodge Avenue to the way it was before.
I’ve just learned that my 9th Ward Alderman, Brian Miller, is running for mayor in next April’s primary, based on reforming Evanston. It certainly needs it and he’ll be getting my vote.

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