Nov. 4 General Election endorsements: Weichel and Maggio for forest preserve commissioner


(Vote for not more than 2)

One of these candidates will not be elected: Lenae Weichel, Jeff Tilly or Cheryl Maggio.

Tilly is on the Winnebago County Board of Appeals, which has had horrible rulings on the Wind Turbine Ordinance and urban sprawl in general. They rule in favor of the real estate interests much too often. Tilly is also an employee at the daily. I do not believe those employed in the media should hold any kind of public office. The potential for conflicts of interests are just too great. Do not vote for Tilly.

That leaves Weichel and Maggio. Weichel has the environmental credentials and Maggio has really encouraged more community involvement in her last term. She’s a critical thinker, and we hope Weichel will be as well. One of the major issue these two will face is how much prairie will be planted versus how much forest will be restored. Prairie requires burning, at least every two years.

The recently released U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said every measure must be taken to reduce global warming or irreversible damage will be done by the end of this century.

“Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act. Time is not on our side,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the report’s launch in Copenhagen.

Restoring forests and preserving existing ones (even the dreaded “pine plantations” so hated by prairie cultists) will increase oxygen production and carbon sequestration. Burning prairies will increase CO2. “Forest Preserves of Winnebago County.” Will the board live up to it’s new name? Was the rebranding and its cost really necessary with tax revenue going down below past and existing budget requirements? The new “brand” is little different from “Winnebago County Forest Preserve District.”

With my concern for the trees, I’m talking about living up to the “Forest Preserves” wording. I hope those are more than just words and become actions we can all admire. Vote for Weichel and Maggio.



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