Each week, we talk with a few Naperville residents about trending topics in a new feature we call Naperville Answers. This week, our respondents discuss alcohol sales at the movies, life in one of America's safest cities and more.
The three contributors are:
- Ron Hume, Executive Director of 360 Youth Services
- Kerin Thomas-Smith, volunteer at the Naperville Area Humane Society
- Bob Elazan, volunteer at Loaves & Fishes
The Naperville City Council has been discussing whether to allow an AMC movie theater to serve alcohol. Do you think they should allow it?
Hume: No I’m not in favor of allowing any movie theatre to serve alcohol. I know some do, and I do respect the right of all businesses to pursue whatever reasonable business advantages are available to them. What I do know is that children learn more from their parent’s behavior than what their parents tell them to do, the example is much more powerful than words. If parents set an example that to enjoy a movie you need to be able to drink, professionally and personally I think that is the wrong message.
Thomas-Smith: Sure! Another theater in town has the ability to sell alcohol. Even the playing field for them.
Elazan: No, because of the possibility of underage drinking and also drinking and driving, which is the worst.
Naperville was recently named one of the safest mid-sized cities in America by Movoto’s real estate blog. Do you think Naperville feels like one of the safest cities?
Hume: Actually I agree, from my own experience as someone who both lives and works in Naperville I feel very safe any place and at any time of the day or night. This is supported by friends and associates I speak with; I have never had anyone relate a story to me about being in our community and being afraid, threatened or victimized.
Thomas-Smith: I do. Naperville police are very visible and accessible, if needed.
Elazan: Yes, the crime is not as high as other places.
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Hume: I would probably go with George Clooney, but for none of the obvious reasons. In addition to being a great actor I would pick George because of the wonderful charity work he does. By all accounts it seems to be very important to him to help those struggling and in desperate need of help and assistance. I think he wants to use his celebrity to leave the world a better place, and that’s important to me. Of course since we have such a close resemblance to each other I’m often asked to stand in for him while they set lighting!!! (Just kidding, we are both men and sadly that’s where the resemblance ends).
If Naperville were a puppy, what kind would it be?
Thomas-Smith: Naperville would be a lovable, mixed breed. It is a community of people from many walks of life blending into the best of everything!
What's the first CD you owned? Do you still listen to it?
Hume: First CD that’s a hard one. I’m thinking it was probably something by early Bob Segar maybe Nine Tonight. I still do enjoy listening to all that old time rock and roll.
Elazan: It was a Willie Nelson CD. I still listen to and like it very much.