This week in The Times: Mike Clark

March 31, 2010

This week in The Times: Mike Clark

Vitals: Mike Clark, 42, is a lifelong resident of Rockford. He has been employed as a roofer and carpenter for the past 21 years. In his free time, Clark enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters outdoors.

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’d like to speak with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D). Personally, I’m not sure if he’s doing a much better job than the former governor [Rod Blagojevich (D)]. There are far fewer whispers of corruption, but the state is still in pretty bad financial shape. Ideally, I’d ask him what improvements he feels he has made.

2. If you were to move away from the Rock River Valley, what three things would you miss the most? I’d miss my friends, my family and the On the Waterfront festival.

3. Do you feel that the Rockford Police Department’s recent prostitution stings in the city’s 11th Ward will have a lasting effect on reducing prostitution? Personally, I feel like crimes like these will still be committed regardless of police action in one area. While all the stings lately will reduce the illicit activities in those areas, people will more than likely just take their business to another part of town. Hopefully, it will make a more lasting impact.

4. With Polaroid’s reintroduction of instant analog film, do you feel there is currently a market for this type of photography? Some people will buy the film for the feeling of nostalgia it gives them, I suppose. I can remember waving those pictures around trying to make them develop more quickly, but then I take out my new digital camera and take a picture that appears on the screen as soon as the photo is taken. Personally, I doubt very seriously I’ll ever go back to the Polaroid because photography has come a long way in the past two decades.

5. Question from last week’s “This week in The Times” participant, Steve “The Undertaker” Hilton: How do you plan on bettering the lives of local children? I feel like one of the best things I can do is continue to be there for my girls. But, on a broader scale, one of the best ways to help kids, in my mind, is mentoring programs. But, those are expensive, and kids need the proper mentor. I think kids can learn a lot from the right examples.

“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 March 31-April 6, 2010 issue

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