This week in The Times: Jennifer Alvarado

Vitals: Jennifer Alvarado, 20, is a senior at Rock Valley College studying art. Alvarado is a native of Belvidere and enjoys painting, reading and spending time with her family.

1. If you could speak with any elected official – local, state, or national – one-on-one, who would it be and what would you say? I would ask [Rockford] Mayor Larry Morrissey (I) his plans about bringing Embry-Riddle to Rockford. I’d love to know how he plans on attracting a high-tech school to the area. And, if they do open a campus here, how he plans on keeping it here.

2. If you were to move away from the Rock River Valley, what three things would you miss most? First and foremost, I’d miss my family. I’d also miss the parks and natural areas, as well as some of the restaurants we have here like Maid-Rite.

3. Do you feel it is important to vote? Without a doubt, it’s important. This is the second time I’ve voted, and I see it as my way of speaking out about what kind of government I want to represent me.

4. Now that fall is upon us, how do you plan on spending the cooler months? I enjoy painting fall landscapes. So, I spend a lot of cold days sitting by a window with a canvas and a paintbrush. The fall landscapes are my favorite because of the mix of colors with the dying leaves.

5. Question from the previous “This week in The Times” participant, Steve Bennett: In your opinion, what could be done to lower the crime rate in Rockford? There’s really no easy answer to that question. The unemployment rate is high, and I think that usually pushes the crime rate higher. Maybe if people had access to employment, they wouldn’t think of crime as a way to make money?

“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 Nov. 3-9, 2010 issue

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