Think Outside the Box

Dear Editor, Many thanks to Mike McIntosh for his words of wisdom in the Rockford Squire regarding changes near the downtown area of Rockford with the closing of the tannery and possible rezoning of a portion of north Main Street. The Rockford Planning Commission certainly has many tough decisions to make as it shapes the […]

Rockford Tannery Demise

Dear Mr. Young, Following your comments on January 29, 2009, in the Rockford Squire Newspaper (http://www.rockfordsquire.com), I write to express my condolences on the demise of the Rockford Tannery. While the closure of the tannery most directly impacts your community, it also has consequences for local economies beyond the borders of the United States. Born […]

An Open Letter to the City of Rockford from City Manager Michael F. Young

On Thursday, January 8, 2009, Wolverine World Wide (WWW) announced the pending closing of their downtown tannery facility. Since that time, I have been working with WWW to identify the many issues that will be facing our community as the tannery operations are phased out. Initially, the closing of the tannery will reduce the City’s […]

Kimberly responds to reader’s accusations

Dear Editor, As a mother of two young women and the owner of Kimberly’s Boutique in downtown Rockford, I want to defend any store owner who reports a shop lifting experience (with a reputable witness) to the proper authorities. I will also defend strongly our police department, who execute their training to assist the victim […]