- Bill limits automated license plate readers
- Private uni’s subject to FOIA says House
- Guest Commentary: Earth Day or April Fools Day?
- State Roundup: Concerns raised about proposed change in DUI pot standard
- Bill would decrease pot penalties; small amounts would draw only ticket, fine
- Senate votes to restore human service cuts; bill moves to House for consideration
- Bill to restrict red light cameras passes House
- State Roundup: Budget fix in current FY not yet done
- State Roundup: GOMB Director won’t support borrowing
- Economists: pros, cons to raising the state fuel tax
This week in The Times: Dan Branson
Vitals: Dan Branson, 35, is a Rockford native and a graduate of Machesney Park Harlem High School. He is the owner of Dollar Diggins’, a resale shop in Rockford that sells household items, jewelry, books and furniture.
1. If you could choose any elected official – local, state or national – to speak with one-on-one, who would it be, and what would you say? I would speak with former President of the United States, George W. Bush. I’d ask him one simple question: What were you thinking?
2. If you were to move away from the Rock River Valley, what three things would you miss the most? I’d miss downtown Rockford, the Rock River, and my friends and family.
3. In your opinion, what could be done to improve safety in Rockford schools? There needs to be more severe punishment for students who are truly disruptive; and if the teachers are really paying attention, they know who these students are. Also, the punishment for students who are less disruptive, or are just being kids, should be less severe. However, this punishment should reflect the school system’s stance on behaving at school so that other students aren’t prevented from learning.
4. What could Rockford’s elected officials do to improve the city’s chances of attracting new businesses? The city should lower property taxes, revitalize the downtown area and shape up local schools.
5. Question from last week’s “This week in The Times” participant Gilbert Elizondo: What was your most memorable Christmas gift as a child? I’d have to say my most memorable gift was an actual VHS video camera, which you had to carry on your shoulder along with the cord to the battery pack. I used it the whole year after that.
“This week in The Times” is a weekly survey of people selected by The Rock River Times staff. The column does not accept unsolicited submissions.
From the December 2-8, 2009 issue