Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Rock River Times endorses Gorski, Salgado, Soll, Gerl, Rohl, and Bruscato

The Rock River Times’ election endorsements

By Frank Schier
Editor and Publisher

Vote the undervote

The Rock River Times’ endorsements are for contested races only for the General Election, Nov. 6. Again, being purposefully redundant, we stress what has been the position of this paper for many years — if you don’t like either candidate, don’t vote in that race. That lack of a vote is called an “undervote,” and is closely watched by the political pros and parties. Send a message to the major parties that you think their choices are poor and the system is broken, if that is appropriate...


Read the long list of endorsements at: http://rockrivertimes.com/2012/10/31/the-rock-river-times%E2%80%99-election-endorsements/

Monday, October 29, 2012

Landfill Update Meeting, Tuesday Oct 30th


Media Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2012

Landfill Update Meeting

Contact:
Paul Gorski
paul@paulgorski.com
(815) 871-6320

There will be a public meeting to discuss current landfill issues at 7 PM, Tuesday, October 30th at the New Milford Fire Station Community Room, 2177 Will James Road, New Milford.

This is a general informational meeting requested by local residents. We thank the New Milford Fire Department for the use of the community room. Paul Gorski will moderate the discussion.

The discussion will include updates on:

1) The lawsuit challenging the landfill expansion.
2) The current frequency and strength of landfill odors.
3) Contacts for reporting air, water and traffic concerns.
4) Winnebago Landfill releasing water into Kilbuck Creek.

Landfill Update Meeting
Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Time: 7 - 8 PM
Where: New Milford Fire Station community room, 2177 Will James Road, Rockford (New Milford)

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Gorski for County Board

Hello,

I just wanted to remind followers of Winnebago County News, Rockford Sports News and Cherry Valley News that I am running for Winnebago County Board Member, District 11.

My official campaign site is http://www.gorskiforcountyboard.com.


Thank you,
Paul Gorski
Editor, Winnebago County News

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Illinois Paddling Council's 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Illinois Paddling Council is proud to announce it's 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Please Mark These Two Dates Down On Your Calendar:
November 30th 2012 and March 2, 2013

The annual dinner usually held in November, has been moved forward to the March Date.
Instead we will hold our Annual Membership Meeting, Board Election and present the 2012 Racing awards at 7:30 pm, November 30th, in the Rasmussen Room of the Schaumburg Public Library.(light refreshments will be served)

The 50th anniversary celebration banquet will take place exactly 50 years to the day from when IPC's Incorporation papers were filed in 1963.

The banquet will be held on March 2, 2013 at Lamb's Farm in Libertyville. Cost is $20.00.

A panel consisting of Founding Member Ralph Frese, Jack Snarr, Second President, and Don Muggenborg, early Board Member will take us back to the early days of the Illinois Paddling Community and the IPC.

Banquet reservations can be made by sending a check for $20.00 per person to:
Jack Snarr
2316 Prospect

Evanston, IL 60201

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Guest Column: How to save Social Security 101

By David Soll

We have all heard the rumors that Social Security is on the verge of bankruptcy within the next decade or so. This is currently true if we do nothing.

It frustrates me when politicians and certain ideologues at the local and national levels use the present problems of Social Security as reasons to simply privatize or eliminate it altogether. They call it an “entitlement” when the truth is that Social Security is a pre-paid insurance program.

Not long ago, a politician who dared speak about getting rid of Social Security would no longer have a political career to look forward to. Today, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., comes up with a budget that practically erases Social Security as a pre-paid, publicly-funded social safety net and opens it up to eventual privatization (a prospect over which Wall Street salivates), and he is awarded with rumors of a potential vice presidential nomination. I, for one, am tired of this Republican pattern of “tackling” problems by eliminating them instead of working to solve them through legitimate fixes...

Read the entire article in the Rock River Times at: http://rockrivertimes.com/2012/07/03/guest-column-how-to-save-social-security-101/

Friday, October 19, 2012

Wasco Endorsed by the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)

From Press Release...

Carl Wasco, Democratic candidate for State Representative, 68th District recently announced the endorsement of Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).

Ted Street, president of the Illinois FOP, was not present, though he sent the following comments: “Mr. Wasco’s dedication to law enforcement has been shown through his willingness to work with all parties to provide the resources and the tools police need to do their jobs safely and effectively. And that is exactly why we’re pleased to endorse his campaign.” 


Read the full press release below...


DATE: 10/11/12


CONTACT: Steve Spagnolo (cell: 708-601-1949)


Alderman Carl Wasco, candidate for State Representative of the 68th District, gathered with friends and supporters today at his campaign office to welcome the endorsement of the Police Benevolent and Protection Association of Rockford (PB&PA), as well as the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). The 68th district seat is currently being held by Rockford Police Officer John Cabello who is a member of the PB&PA of Rockford.


“I am surprised, but honored and grateful, for the support of the PB&PA. I don’t think I have to state the obvious fact – but I will. This is the same organization that John Cabello is a part of and it says something about a person when he is part of a brotherhood like the PB&PA of Rockford and their own membership does not support him. I think this is an urgent and significant matter for the voters of this district to think about. If a fine organization like this does not trust and support John Cabello, who is one of their own, what does it say about that person? Why should the voters of this district trust John Cabello if his own brotherhood doesn’t have confidence in him?”

Terry Peterson, President of the PB&PA, stood by Alderman Wasco at the event and said, “We trust and have faith in Carl Wasco. He has shown us in the past that he is passionate about our interests and concerned for the safety of his community. He believes in us and even though we might disagree on some issues, we trust him to be honest and straightforward with our membership. We also know that overall, he will advocate for legislation that supports the law enforcement profession.” 

Ted Street, president of the Illinois FOP, was not present, though he sent the following comments: “Mr. Wasco’s dedication to law enforcement has been shown through his willingness to work with all parties to provide the resources and the tools police need to do their jobs safely and effectively. And that is exactly why we’re pleased to endorse his campaign.” 

Wasco is the democratic candidate for the state house seat, facing off against republican Cabello, who was appointed to the position after the retirement of former representative Dave Winters.

Guest Column: Tort reform would be a bad thing

By David Soll

We have all heard the term “tort reform.” First, a “tort” is a non-criminal civil wrongdoing that is caused either on purpose or through negligence in which the act, intentional or otherwise, has caused physical, mental or monetary damage. You, the injured party, has the legal right to sue the wrongdoer for damages.

To use one layman’s example, if you are harmed by people who run a chemical company that have decided to save a few dollars by dumping their company’s toxic goo into the ground — and that goo reaches the water table and directly results in your cancer diagnosis — you can sue for the pain and suffering you would not have otherwise endured if not for the negligence of that chemical company...

Read the entire article in the Rock River Times at: http://rockrivertimes.com/2012/08/01/guest-column-tort-reform-would-be-a-bad-thing/

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tech-Friendly: Apple iOS a worthy upgrade, unless you’re addicted to Google Maps

By Paul Gorski

Apple, Inc., recently released iOS 6, a major upgrade of the operating system for its popular iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches. Each major upgrade usually breaks new ground with a unique mobile device feature but also plays catch-up with Android OS. iOS 6 is no different.

If you are thinking “I’ve read this review before,” not exactly. Most iOS 6 press is about how poorly the iOS 6 Maps compares to the iOS 5 Maps app it replaces, but iOS 6 Maps: 1) offers features iOS 5 Maps doesn’t, and 2) many Rockford-area iPhone/iPad users may not care about maps...

Read the full Rock River Times article at: http://rockrivertimes.com/2012/10/17/tech-friendly-apple-ios-a-worthy-upgrade-unless-you%E2%80%99re-addicted-to-google-maps/

Guest Column: Support Postal Service any and every chance you get

By David Soll

Back in early January, there was a town hall meeting about the potential closing of the Post Office facility on Harrison Avenue in Rockford. I was appalled by the seeming lack of respect the hosts seemed to have for the intelligence of the citizens in attendance and the whole of our community. The presentation appears now to have been a whitewash of reality as to what ails one of our greatest American institutions, the U.S. Postal Service. That reality is H.R. 6407: “The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act” of 2006...

Read the entire article in the Rock River Times at: http://rockrivertimes.com/2012/08/29/guest-column-support-postal-service-any-and-every-chance-you-get/

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Meet John Doe: New county budget means higher taxes for some

By Paul Gorski

I get upset when I read unverified and unchallenged news articles in our local newspapers. Once again, the Rockford Register Star (RRStar) has let me down in this regard. The RRStar’s coverage of the county board’s vote on the 2013 budget last week helped perpetuate incorrect information about our rising property taxes by relying on misleading information from county board members.

Kevin Haas (“County hopes to add officers without more property tax dollars,” Rockford Register Star, Sept. 27) reported that the board’s 25-1 vote on the 2013 budget “holds the line on property taxes” but later states some taxpayers will pay higher property taxes, so I’m not sure how that is holding the line on taxes...

Read the full Rock River Times article at: http://rockrivertimes.com/2012/10/03/meet-john-doe-new-county-budget-means-higher-taxes-for-some/

Wasco Endorsed by the Police Benevolent and Protection Association of Rockford (PB&PA),

From Press Release...

Carl Wasco, Democratic candidate for State Representative, 68th District recently announced the endorsement of the Police Benevolent and Protection Association of Rockford (PB&PA).

Terry Peterson, President of the PB&PA, stood by Alderman Wasco at the event and said, “We trust and have faith in Carl Wasco. He has shown us in the past that he is passionate about our interests and concerned for the safety of his community. He believes in us and even though we might disagree on some issues, we trust him to be honest and straightforward with our membership. We also know that overall, he will advocate for legislation that supports the law enforcement profession.”



Read the full press release below...


DATE: 10/11/12


CONTACT: Steve Spagnolo (cell: 708-601-1949)


Alderman Carl Wasco, candidate for State Representative of the 68th District, gathered with friends and supporters today at his campaign office to welcome the endorsement of the Police Benevolent and Protection Association of Rockford (PB&PA), as well as the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). The 68th district seat is currently being held by Rockford Police Officer John Cabello who is a member of the PB&PA of Rockford.


“I am surprised, but honored and grateful, for the support of the PB&PA. I don’t think I have to state the obvious fact – but I will. This is the same organization that John Cabello is a part of and it says something about a person when he is part of a brotherhood like the PB&PA of Rockford and their own membership does not support him. I think this is an urgent and significant matter for the voters of this district to think about. If a fine organization like this does not trust and support John Cabello, who is one of their own, what does it say about that person? Why should the voters of this district trust John Cabello if his own brotherhood doesn’t have confidence in him?”

Terry Peterson, President of the PB&PA, stood by Alderman Wasco at the event and said, “We trust and have faith in Carl Wasco. He has shown us in the past that he is passionate about our interests and concerned for the safety of his community. He believes in us and even though we might disagree on some issues, we trust him to be honest and straightforward with our membership. We also know that overall, he will advocate for legislation that supports the law enforcement profession.” 

Ted Street, president of the Illinois FOP, was not present, though he sent the following comments: “Mr. Wasco’s dedication to law enforcement has been shown through his willingness to work with all parties to provide the resources and the tools police need to do their jobs safely and effectively. And that is exactly why we’re pleased to endorse his campaign.” 

Wasco is the democratic candidate for the state house seat, facing off against republican Cabello, who was appointed to the position after the retirement of former representative Dave Winters.

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