Our View: Thumbs up to all entering mayor race in DeKalb
Thumbs up: To the four candidates who have announced their plans to run for mayor of DeKalb. There may be more candidates to come, and we will applaud their interest, too. We are glad to see multiple people from various backgrounds throwing their hat into the ring. It is often difficult to get people to step up and run for public office, especially for a role such as DeKalb’s mayor. The mayor’s job is very time-consuming, puts a person in the middle of numerous contentious issues, and requires a deep commitment to DeKalb’s citizens. The job is increasingly done in the public eye, and the mayor is the subject of nearly constant scrutiny and criticism. The rewards can be great, but the path is often rocky. Now it becomes the job of DeKalb’s residents to shake off the apathy that has prevailed in recent nonpresidential elections. Get to know these candidates and their positions on DeKalb’s critical issues. Be informed and vote.
Thumbs down: To the clear-cutting going on along the Nature Trail between Sycamore Road and First Street in DeKalb. ComEd began an operation to remove all the vegetation around its power transmission lines this week. The work caught many residents and others who use the trail by surprise. Although we understand the need for power lines to be protected from falling trees, this degree of deforestation came about with little notice to residents and trail users, leaving many people feeling confused and angry.
Thumbs up: To Santa Claus making appearances in DeKalb County. Santa was in downtown DeKalb for the “Santa Comes to Town” event to hear local children’s Christmas wish lists, he’ll be appearing this weekend at Waterman’s Holiday Lights Train, and there should be many other appearances to come before Christmas Eve is here. Unlike retailers, at least Santa has the good sense to wait until well after Thanksgiving before ushering us into full-on Christmastime mode.
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