Living Here

As implied by the old cliché “birds of a feather flock together”, humans prefer their own kind and associate with those of their own kind at every opportunity. When there is a similarity among humans that similarity attracts, unites and forms a bond that identifies those individuals having it as a group. It also excludes those without those similarities from it. This exclusion creates a wall of distinction between those inside and outside of the group. Some groups are general in nature and have little distinction between those within the group and those outside the group; whereas others have an absolute wall between those within the group and those outside of it that cannot not be crossed. Humans may join some groups by choice, while others are imposed upon them. The difference between groups that we join by choice or that are imposed on us is not always clear. We don’t choose our age group, our nationality, our parents, our race or sex. We don’t choose our physical or mental abilities or our emotional characteristics, but all of these put us into categories not necessarily of our choosing, but they all have a significant influence over our lives. Each of us have multiple groups to which we belong and to which we are excluded. Each group has different but overlapping codes of conduct for those within the group (friends, family, associates, relatives, heritage, age, sex, interests, sports, legal, etc.) and with those outside the group. Human beings have freedom of association and can join any group that will accept them, but unless there is a disaster humans seem to forget the most important group that they are in. The one group to which everyone is born into, and to which everyone shares and holds a common bond is human life. Being is that precious element that enables a human to know what it is and to know that at this very moment the human can say, “I am reading that which is before my eyes. It enables me to know others and for others to know me and to know that the same precious life that is in me, is in the person next to me —- and in my neighbors and in everyone that I meet — and no matter where life is or what it has done, that life allows all other humans to be members of a group.

The writing of Terry O’Neill, former city alderperson and city activist


Why Lake Geneva has got to love Alderperson Elizabeth Chappell. Chappell and Alderperson Gelting, both on the Lake Geneva City Council, got together and sent a sham bed and breakfast back into the bracken of financial chicanery it’d attempted to break free from. Seems that a special council session had to be called on Monday night to consider the sneaky fact that a new bed and breakfast was going to attempt to get around the rule that B&B owners and operators have to be present when they have guests staying in residence. This one was trying to sneak in using multiple owners and stockholders, et al. No dice. The council backed the tigress (Chappell)and her lion companion (Gelting).


Who’s watching the store? The Planning Commission met on Monday night. What gives? Some Italian guy from Elmhurst (or one of ‘those’ places down in upscale Illinois) bought the land where the new small, and totally useless, parking lot is going in on South Lake Shore Drive, across from the back of the Cove. This player bought the land a few years ago and then doubled his money by selling it to the biggest bumpkin buyer around. The City of Lake Geneva. Now another Italian guy buys up the two houses next door for peanuts and rams through a special change to an existing clause dealing with high density occupancy and, Voila! It all makes sense. The one player compliments the other, and they are both from the same place and cultural black hole down in Chicago.

Here’s what happened: “The three applications for Commercial Indoor Lodging Facility filed by Anthony Scalzitti were approved, and they are for three adjacent lots between the lot that the city just bought on South Lake Shore Drive and Cass Street for a parking lot. The last agenda item, which changes the definition of Commercial Indoor Lodging, would have a major effect, because it eliminates the requirement that each room or suite have a private bathroom and totally changes what type of building qualifies as a Commercial Indoor Lodging facility. It all becomes clear, and then more murky and slimy as hell. When are the representatives of Lake Geneva residents going to figure out that the city slickers from “down there” pull this same Lucy and the Football routine on Lake Geneva taxpayers all the time? Not this time around.

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