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Steve Mottel April 07, 2014 at 09:21 AM
HAS been the new normal for the past decade. We know who to thank....
Oliver P. McCracken April 07, 2014 at 02:23 PM
Alas, what are our motor hotels coming to these days? Cannot a fellow fornicate with his scarletRead Morewom en in peace? Cannot a lad invite an entire Dixieland band to his room for an evening of merriment? Those of us who depend on such no-questions-asked establishments deserve to be safe from ne'er-do-wells while we, ourselves, do ill. And you ask what Skokie is doing about gun shootings... I agree. What will be next? Knife stabbings? Rope stranglings? Candlestick head-bonkings? Poison poisonings? Banana peel slippings? What is Skokie coming to?
David Zornig March 12, 2014 at 09:47 AM
Because they never replaced their Skokie Editor. When Pam Difiglio left, that was it. Patch as aRead Morewho le is on the rocks. Google Patch AOL Last Legs & Winding Down, and you can read about the gradual down slide.
Scott Holtz March 13, 2014 at 08:07 PM
It always sucked for local news.
David Zornig March 05, 2014 at 11:33 AM
Plowing is not Skokie's strong suit. Oakton is often bottlenecked to one lane from Knox all the way Read Morethrough the downtown, because they do not plow remotely close to the curbs. Even when there are no parked cars to impede them in the off hours. When they have plow trucks following each other, the 2nd truck follows directly behind the 1st. Instead of being offset to further move the snow the 1st truck left in it's wake. Offset trucks is Plowing 101 really. In the downtown area, the bump outs of the new sidewalk design unfortunately prevents the trucks from getting close to the curbs at all. So only a lane & a half gets plowed. Thus cars parked along Oakton hang out into the right hand lanes. Starting at the Walgreen's on both sides. Thus causing the same problem as above. Not to mention side view mirrors torn off by passing cars. Which I've witnessed many times since I moved here. Sadly the recent "Skokie Snow Heros" signs were just Skokie Caucus Party propaganda. The signs would have meant more to the employees, if they had left their political party name off of them. But that would have defeated the purpose. Which was to pat themselves on the back, for managing what they are supposed to anyway. It was to create a false sense of community, by capitalizing on a heavy snow season. Which many non-Skokie Caucus Party residents saw right through. Removing their party name, would have increased the number of sign visible to those employees. Ironic, since the job really wasn't that good to begin with, as I outlined above. Adequate at best.
robertreidrx March 05, 2014 at 03:57 PM
The sidewalk plowing is appreciated, but they do a horrible job! they miss about half the sidewalks Read Moreand the ones they do they leave about 3 inches of snow. Drop the plow all the way guys!
David Zornig March 05, 2014 at 04:44 PM
I've lived here 7 years, and this is only the 2nd year they did the sidewalks around me. They use a Read Morebobcat that's not really a plow. It compacts the snow more than it clears it. It's actually harder to shovel after they've gone by. Which creates a liability for homeowners who can't clear the rest effectively. I'd rather they stick to the main sidewalks, and leave ours to us homeowners. In 2010 I had over 4 feet in front of my store. And they never did Oakton. So I shoveled the 3 stores that surrounded me.
Oliver P. McCracken March 05, 2014 at 12:06 PM
Such a travesty! Why, I remember the days of yore when the Patch's trusty newsboy George wouldRead Morepatro l the village's streets with his stenographer's notebook and fountain pen, jotting down all manner of crime and tomfoolery. What a scribe that lad was! If I weren't so old and bed-bound, I would ask my nurses to wheel me about Skokie proper so that I could give at least a weekly assessment of the village's goings-on. Of course, in this age of twitters and twatters and digital tits and teats, who'd want to listen to what an old fellow such as myself has to say? They'd rather hear about Frank Sinatra's latest caterwauling vinyl disc or that strumpet Nancy Davis' latest moving picture.
David Zornig March 05, 2014 at 12:27 PM
Alas Skokie Patch no longer has an Editor specific to Skokie. So we get the regurgitated storiesRead Morefro m Patch in neighboring cities. Something they used to do only on slow new days. When Pam DiFiglio left, Patch never replaced her. I imagine it won't be long before Patch is gone completely. And we'll be back to just the Skokie Review. Which is often pro-Village when it comes to news coverage.
Oliver P. McCracken March 05, 2014 at 03:46 PM
Egad! The Patch not only lost Copyboy George, but Lady Typist DiFiglio, as well? Well, I will quaff Read Moreextra castor oil and percolated coffee bean, instead of whatever nepenthe my nurses have been giving me, and perhaps I'll find myself in such a state as to take up the slack left by whoever the nincompoop posing as a newspaperman is running this sinking ship. Raise the masthead, lads! Begin the bucket brigade, boys! We mustn't let The Patch run aground!
Erin M C-D February 18, 2014 at 03:25 PM
Sorry for the typos! Typed too fast and forgot to spell check!
h m February 19, 2014 at 08:20 AM
On even days you park on the even side of the street and on odd days you park on the odd side ofRead Morethe street. I wish the village would do more enforcement. Half the time my block does not get plowed because the people of the condos and apartment do not move their cars
IgnorantA February 25, 2014 at 06:18 PM
Erin, last I checked laws are applied to all... it is unfortunate that you got a ticket, however,Read Moreha d you obeyed the law you would not have been fined. As for contesting via mail or taking the day off of work, you also had the option to "take the lazy route" but chose not too. So, the way I see it is... for two bad decisions made by YOU... we should just "forgive" your ticket... sounds like sour grapes... get over it and deal with you own mistakes and stop relying on the "system to right your wrongs!
Dan Cox February 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Hillary Clinton, should be taken to Benghazi and left there for the Terrorists to find and let them Read Moredo what they will with her...like she said, "What difference does it make." The arrogance and ignorance of this woman is only equaled by H.P. Mayor Nancy Rottering.
Oliver P. McCracken February 07, 2014 at 03:43 PM
I wasn't arguing against the carrying of weapons. I was merely questioning the effectiveness andRead Moreade quacy of those who always seem to be up in arms about it (pun intended). Hotheads, the lot of them, are not the type I wish to have fumbling and bumbling the status symbols they've now secreted upon their person in a tense and stressful moment. Owning a gun and even being a proficient marksman in a controlled environment are very different than being a foul-tempered firebrand who is expected to cleanly draw his weapon, control his own emotions and physiology, assess the situation, and then use said weapon on another human being -- without injuring any other human beings -- in a split second during the most important and unnerving moment of his (or her...yes, in more libertine days, old Ollie McC had a dalliance with Miss Annie Oakley!) life.
Jordan S. Zoot February 07, 2014 at 04:17 PM
While it wasn't the topic of this thread....I am an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and I teach the Read MoreIllinois CCL course. If there is one clear statement on the topic that would be "There is NO SUCH THING as too much training and practice.
Oliver P. McCracken February 07, 2014 at 05:00 PM
What you're saying now is sensible, sir. But having such sense, you of all people should know whatRead Morea bad idea it is to let most folks carry a weapon. Your argument against this might be that only those certified and vetted can legally do so. But what about those that do NOT earn Dr. Zoot's gold star of gun-worthiness? To use the argument so many gun advocates use (that criminals aren't going to obey the laws, and will arm themselves anyway), are those who do not qualify for conceal carry just going to drop the subject and go return their gun for a refund? No. Now we'll just have angry and resentful people carrying guns on top of the criminals carrying guns and the hotheads who somehow passed your class carrying guns and the Skokie Police not worrying about carrying guns anymore, so long as there's a cement bench that'll do the trick... Great! We've solved the problem. MORE people with guns! You, of all people, who knows the responsibility required when handling a weapon, of the need for training and practice, are advocating that we allow MORE people to have them? In the modern world, where shortcuts are the norm and immediacy is expected and everyone is so darned entitled?
Brad Rosen January 25, 2014 at 08:25 AM
Dan, I respectfully disagree with your point. I think we need more gun-toting Nazis runningRead Morearound the State of Illinois, especially in Skokie and Glenview. That's what freedom is all about!
Dan Cox January 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Brad Rosen, Anytime that Anti-Second Amendment Advocates are ran off...its a beautiful thing!Read MoreIllino is has been a gun-contol state for far too long. Law abidding Conceal Carry License holders are a good thing!