One of the more prolific commenters on McHenry County Blog is “Earth Mother.”
Today, she posted the following:
You gotta love that Northwest Herald. They had new article in yesterday’s paper about the MCC Forum.
Nygren makes a stupid comment (that they would not print).
The biggest problem the Sheriff’s Dept faces is TRAFFIC, according to Keith Nygren. Mahon got it right by answering, heroin.
Lots of negative comments yesterday and time left on the article.
Today, I challenge you to find the article.
Not even listed on “More Local Headlines” by date.
It must be great running for office and having your own personal news paper.
As Earth Mother points out the article can still be found, if you search for it.
And comments (43 so far) can still be made.
But, the title “Candidates find common ground at MCC forum” cannot be found on the list of yesterday’s articles.
When I went to the dentist’s office yesterday to get my teeth cleaned, I told the dental hygienist that Nygren said that “traffic” was his number one priority.
Such reactions are probably why the “What’s your top priority, if elected Sheriff?” answers didn’t make the NWH article.
And negative comments about Nygren’s answer may be the reason the article has virtually disappeared.
One of the substantive comments defending Sheriff Keith Nygren’s priority below my article on the meeting is worth sharing more broadly.
“Earth Father” wrote,
The greater threat to our citizens are DUI and traffic accidents. Traffic fatalities in 2006 = 23 2007 = 24 2008 = 18 2009 = 8.
Thankfully, Sheriff Nygren recognized the disturbing traffic fatality rate and aggresively pursued traffic safety in partnership with municipal police agencies. [This press release from the Sheriff's Office is referenced.]
I looked up the heroin statistics in “Heroin Use in McHenry County Skyrockets,” the article I ran July 7th, so people could compare the two problems:
“In just three years, heroin deaths in McHenry County increased by 150 percent, from 6 heroin overdoses in 2006 to 15 in 2009.”
Traffic deaths are down, but heroin deaths are up.
If you were running for Sheriff, what would be your biggest priority?
Another candidates’ forum for the office of Sheriff (and County Clerk) will be held on October 25 at the McHenry County College’s Conference Center. It will be sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Perhaps someone will ask the priority question again.