Ramblings from Reggie: Are school boards losing their credibility?

Rockford did it, Byron did it, Harlem schools did it, Winnebago schools did it, and Belvidere did it—they all threatened the citizens right where their heart was, cancelling sports and extracurricular activities.

As I predicted, the day after the elections, Belvidere miraculously came up with funding for those activities within a matter of two days. The voters spoke their minds in the last referendum, and the school board flinched.

The voters who hold school districts in check by voting down multiple referenda are doing to the school districts what they will not do themselves—show fiscal responsibility.

Does the Belvidere School Board have any credibility now? The voters are exercising their responsibility by voting down referenda and making schools accountable. I am appalled by the way the media treated these responsible Boone County voters after having courage to say enough is enough.

Why did the Democratic presidential candidates go on stage to hold a “debate” and just criticize George W. Bush the entire time? Will someone tell these morons that Bush isn’t running for president? I want to see one of them have a plan telling us how they are going to lead our country for four years. The Dems have a pretty easy chance of regaining the White House, but they are blowing it.

This is a good time to be a sports fan. People are reveling in the downfall of my beloved Yanks. The Bulls knocked off the defending champs, and the IceHogs are still strong in the UHL playoffs. We attended the Raptors game Saturday night, April 28, and I have to say, what a game! Sure, our boys took one on the chin, but not from lack of effort. The Raptors made a heck of a comeback from a deficit most of the game. The Raptors had 16 players in the doctor’s office the week before the loss, and still almost pulled off a victory. Coach Rik Richards and his staff did a great job getting the team ready.

The IceHogs return home this week, and should get a firm grip on this series.

The Raptors and IceHogs need their fans to fill the MetroCentre this week to support their hard work. There’s not a cheaper way to have fun in this town, where all we hear is, “There is nothing to do.”

What a tragedy in St. Louis for the Cardinals. Two pitchers in their prime die in three years in the middle of the season, and both while the team is in Chicago! That team must struggle just to go back to playing a game.

Cinco de Mayo is Saturday night, May 5. Come downtown where all your locally-owned bar/restaurant owners will be celebrating in their own way. Swilligan’s the Pub will feature $1.50 Coronas and $2.75 margaritas.

Downtown is buzzing and fun. The Groove Walk is May 12. Make May 5 the Cinco de Mayo pre-Groove Walk party, and plot your strategy for Groove Walk.

We look forward to seeing more and more of you “I’m not going downtown” converts. We see you every day, and once people change their habits, they like what they see. We appreciate the downtown patrons, and hope they will continue to spread the word.

Remember, Monday nights you can see The Raptors Coaches Show live at Swilligan’s as it’s broadcast on ESPN 1380. Stop down to win free tickets, free gift cards from Swilligan’s and free buggy rides. The show is live from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and you can meet the coaches and several players each week.

Reggie Roberson is owner of Swilligan’s “The Pub,” 200 N. Church St.

from the May 2-8, 2007, issue

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