Focus on Photos – Part 2

I didn’t get any splendid pictures of McHenry County Board members after the December swearing in ceremony of the county board or at the meeting when the McHenry County Republican Cat Tax was miraculously defeated 12-10.

But I am sure that I didn’t need to take flash photos to irritate the county board members.

My almost daily McHenry County Republican Cat Tax—72 mentions, according to my McHenry County Blog’s index—surely did that.

If there ever were evidence that repeating something often enough can penetrate the brains of even those who disagree, it was when proponents and opponents of what I called the Republican Cat Tax referred to it as a “cat tax,” rather than a “fee.”

It’s a good thing I didn’t laugh too loud, otherwise the Sheriff might have been called, just like the Prairie Grove School Board called the Prairie Grove Police.

But, I clearly irritated McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler, who later, in a calmer mood and place, told me he has a problem with which camera flashes cause him pain.

As I mentioned earlier, I have no reason to want to inflict physical pain on anyone.

Earlier, the NW Herald editorial page saw more than just punishing little ol’ me in the county board’s proposed retaliatory camera restrictions.

And, looking at the comments under the editorial, I am amused by one which seems to say that people should just be throw out of county board meetings.

Of course, not having the public around would be approaching nirvana. I can tell you that legislators say a lot of things in private when they are deliberating on issues that never get aired in public.

Another commenter suggests taping and broadcasting the meetings.

In the commenter’s dreams. These county board folks don’t want to end up on You Tube talking about issues like Tax Increment Financing district condemnation like Aaron Shepley did.

Tomorrow: What Northwest Herald reporter Kevin Craver discovered about what is reasonable and what is not.

Read yesterday’s Part 1, if you missed it.

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