Letter to the editor by Terry O’Neill, former alderperson and activist:

We all see the world through our mind’s selective filter.
So when we walk the same path we see different things and may fail to notice things that are obvious to others, because the obvious is often not noticed until pointed out. So as I walked to and from the lake I took note, and pictures of, the obvious things that often go unnoticed. As I passed Vickie’s Restaurant I saw a tree stump where a tree was removed yesterday. That tree had been there since before I was born. I thought “Another old tree bites the dust.” and I wondered if anyone really cares?

Then as I approached the Horticultural Hall building, I saw yellow tape across the sidewalk to warn pedestrians of a tripping hazard caused by the uneven transition between two sidewalk squares. This has been there all season. So I have to wonder if those at city hall don’t see it, or if they don’t care enough to get it repaired.

Then I walked on and I saw a missing chunk of concrete between the city sidewalk and the entrance into Thumbs Up. It needs to be repaired, but does the owner care enough to repair it?

I walked on to the old theater and saw what looked like four-day-old vomit. It appeared to be partly washed away by the rain, but it remains because no one cares enough to clean the sidewalk in front of the theater.

After I got to the lake, I walked along the lake and found a section of sidewalk where the retaining wall has sunk slightly; leaving a small gap and tripping hazard crack across the sidewalk near one of the crosswalks.

But does anyone care?

I walked over to the new Bunk Pavilion and noticed that the flat electrical outlets are located on the pillars’ round surfaces (so that they can rock), rather than being securely mounted into the pillars. Does it matter, or does anyone even care?

On the return trip, I saw two men who ignored both the crosswalk sign, and red light, as they crossed Highway 50. They didn’t care; they saw the sign; they just ignored it.

When I got to the northwest corner of North Street and Williams St., I saw two people, Cindy Rabe and Selena Navarro, repairing and planting new flowers around the base of the Historic Railroad Sign. They are both volunteer members of the Maple Park Homeowners Association.

At last I had found two more people who cared about Lake Geneva, and who volunteered their time, put in the effort and do the work themselves to improve our city. “Thank you” to Cindy and Selena, and all those like you! And to Ed Yeager, for his years of promoting and reminding people of the Railroad’s historic importance to Lake Geneva, for without your effort and others, that sign wouldn’t even be there.


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