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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019
Guestbook entry by: Rosalie Riegle

Abolish Nuclear Weapons: We are in denial about nuclear war. Because the death of the planet is unthinkable, we just don’t think it. But nuclear activists such as the Kings Bay Trident Plowshares Seven do: they not only think, but act. (See

And you can, too, by collaborating with people around the world who are working to pass the UN Treaty on the abolition of nuclear weapons. (See non-nuclear nations have signed Treaty but our government refuses to even consider it. So we’re going local and exerting pressure from below, starting with the Evanston City Council on December 9. Please join us!

The resolution to be introduced by Alderperson Eleanor Revelle says, “Nine nations together have over 14,000 nuclear weapons in their arsenals, and the use of even a tiny fraction of these weapons could have catastrophic human and environmental consequences.” After asking our government to ratify the treaty, it further urges our congressional representatives to speak out loudly for five specific anti-nuclear measures:
•renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first
•ending the sole, unchecked authority of any president to launch a nuclear attack
•taking U.S. nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert
•cancelling the plan to replace its entire arsenal with enhanced weapons and
•actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.

If we eliminate nuclear weapons and the tremendous infrastructure surrounding them, we’d have the ability and the funds to address climate catastrophe, healthcare, bridge and road repair, job creation, and all the zillion and one problems that beset our country and our world. Speaking at Nagasaki on November 24, Pope Francis said, "In a world where millions of children and families live in inhumane conditions, the money that is squandered and the fortunes made through the manufacture, upgrading, maintenance and sale of ever more destructive weapons are an affront crying out to heaven.”

Want to learn more? Come to the Evanston Public Library’s Falcon Room at 1:30 on Sunday, December 8 to hear David Combs of Union of Concerned Scientists and to view a film, “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons.”

Then attend the City Council meeting at 7:15 on Monday, Dec. 9 and stand in solidarity with two Evanston citizens as they speak to the Resolution. When it passes, Evanston will be the first municipality in the Midwest to join an international grass-roots coalition. (See As Pope Francis says, “The possession of nuclear weapons is immoral.” Let’s live our values and abolish them!

Rosalie Riegle, St. Nicholas Peace and Justice Committee

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019
Guestbook entry by: Martha Rosenberg

Attention alderpeople: After our snowstorm two weeks ago, the sidewalks were covered with ice. When I called the city they said the only time the city cites a property owner is when there is 4 inches of snow. There is no ordinance about ice. Falling on the ice is a major cause of injuries and even deaths. Please improve this laws

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019
Guestbook entry by: Ms. Willie Shaw

Dear Ms. Storlie, Mayor Hagerty, and Evanston City Council Members: 11-24-2019 This email raises a formal grievance concerning the dismissal of of Mr. Kevin Brown. Mr. Brown has established a solid reputation of honesty and integrity with every career move. His ethics has never been questioned. As far as I can determine Mr. Brown has never received a negative performance evaluation in the entire span of his employment, nor am I aware of any dispute in which he could have been involved. He has received accolades on numerous fronts for his interpersonal skills, professionalism, superior intellectual skills, commitment, and loyalty specifi cally, to his personal character. Mr. Brown has always and continues to receive considerable admiration from youth and young adults, parents, colleagues, civic organizations, schools, churches etc. Is it possible that 100s if not 1000s of people are all mistaken, and just one supervisor is right? It reminds me for those old enough to remember Gomer Plyle in his USMC days. All the soldiers were moving in one direction except Gomer, Gomer insisted that all others were wrong. As an educator I am fully in favor of following rules, expectations, policies and procedures. I am also in favor of equitable distribution, and reprimand where warranted in all instances. My beliefs and philosophies are fi rmly rooted in Restorative justice, remediation, and mediation whenever possible to resolve disputes regardless of the depth and nature. This should always be our fi rst course of action thus avoiding any punitive damage to accused and in this instance, long term damage to our cities youth, the department, the council, the neighborhood and the city as a whole. I ask you, was there even one of the above considerations made prior to the perceived abrupt termination of Mr. Brown. Assuming Mr. Brown did break a rule, I believe that he followed proper procedures/channels to make the necessary corrections. I ask you, Does the punishment fi t the crime? Is the loss worth the gain? An untrue allegations or an unjustifi ed termination will hurt us all. I respectfully request that his dismissal be reviewed immediately. Ms. Willie Shaw

Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Guestbook entry by: Mary Alice Off

Better Parking Needed For Northlight in Evanston
Northlight Theater is set to return to Evanston and that is a real plus. It is a wonderful theater, and I am one of the volunteer ushers. When I usher, especially at a matinee, I notice that there are many seniors, some of whom are in need of walkers or wheelchairs. The current theater has wonderful drop-off areas as well as a good deal of onsite parking including handicap parking.
Currently, the theater has seating for approximately 300 patrons. If you add actors, stage personal as well as ushers, well, you can see the number of people needing some type of parking is considerable.
Northlight has asked for an exemption so they will not have to provide parking. This week’s “Opinion” in the Oct. 31 RoundTable is about THE PARKING PROBLEM.
So allowing Northlight to be exempt from providing parking is compounding the problem.
Walking from the City-owned garages, especially in the winter, is not a realistic solution for the many seniors traveling to enjoy a performance.
To talk about the number of bike racks available is to be totally clueless as to who are the subscribers and fellow patrons.

Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Guestbook entry by: Harold Bordwell

Three Coffee House Haikus
1. It’s coffee weather.
Davis Street, a light decaf.
The lake, mocha squalls.

2. Behind steamed windows
Computers and paper cups.
Yield: Students at Work!

3. Sherman Avenue.
Two glass doors are pulled open – Double espressos.

Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Guestbook entry by: Richard M. Kuntz

Do Not Close CAMS
Based on the RoundTable article, Margaret Lurie appears to be the only Library Board member who remembers the citizen struggle to save South Branch.
I would add that the main reason that the Board has the power that it now does to levy taxes and decide the fate of branches is that citizens were incensed at the City Council decision to close South Branch.
At the time, I supported the efforts of Michael Tannen and others to empower the Library Board, but I surely would not have done so if I had known that the present Board would kill CAMS.
If CAMS is moved to a location not next to two train lines, most people without cars will not be able to access it.
There is a reason most libraries are located near public transit hubs.
Considerations of equity should take that into account.

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