Letters to the editor from Wheaton, Elmhurst and Geneva.
I am voting yes on March 18 for the referendum that would allow District 87 to make vital repairs and facility improvements at all four of our high schools.
I view this as a very simple investment decision: If the referendum passes, my life goes on with no cost increases, and our schools get better. If the referendum fails, I pocket about $70 per year in reduced taxes, while our teachers and high schoolers continue to deal with aging infrastructure and inadequate learning facilities.
I have tried and failed to think of what I would do with $70 that would deter me from supporting this effort: A couple nosebleed seats at a Chicago Bulls game? A dinner for four? A trip to the grocery store? Even investing the money would not yield a convincing return.
We can make no better investment than supporting our high schools, especially when there are students struggling in non-air conditioned buildings and out-of-date science and technology learning facilities.
I attended Glenbard South from 2000 to 2004 and took advantage of countless opportunities to grow academically, socially and athletically. I completed my undergraduate studies at Stanford University and have since lived and worked in San Francisco, Washington and Zambia. I now live in Wheaton within District 87 borders and feel privileged to be a part of this community that makes well-being and education a top priority.
I am excited to support the continuation of excellence at Glenbard schools and look forward to voting yes on the Glenbard District 87 ballot referendum. I hope that you will also view this as an easy investment decision and support the referendum.
— John Mulrow, Wheaton
No term limits
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner continuously tells us that he strongly favors term limits for elective offices. I consider this statement an offense to my intelligence.
I vote in every election, and if I think a particular office holder should be thrown out, I vote for his opponent. But if an office holder is doing a great job and I wish to continue to benefit from his experience, I am glad to keep him in office for a number of terms. And I would not want to see him removed from office because of arbitrary term limits.
Rauner needs to have respect for voters. We do not need to have term limits imposed on our representatives. Instead, we will examine the merits of each elected official, and at the next election, we will remove them if they are not doing a good job. Please do not take away from us our right to vote.
— Theodore M. Utchen, Wheaton
I am supporting Bruce Rauner for governor because he has the guts and backbone to stand up and fight the powerful union bosses who control Springfield.
Unfortunately, the unions are spending millions of dollars in a massive effort to distort and attack his success story. We need someone with business know-how and a commitment to execute no-nonsense, "tough love" solutions without being worried about getting re-elected.
Should Rauner be elected as our next governor, Illinois taxpayers can expect a world completely different from the tax-and-spend model of the past.
As a small business owner of Mexican descent, I know first-hand the strength it takes to succeed in the face of overwhelming odds against. Higher taxes and crazy government pension debt hurt job creation.
By now, it should be obvious to taxpayers that Illinois can't afford more of the same. Rauner will put sound policy before politics and put our great state back on the path to prosperity.
— Charles Mueller, Elmhurst
I unreservedly endorse Steve Andersson for state representative in the 65th District.
Andersson has been a close friend for 16 years and I know him to be forthright, honest, intelligent, thoughtful, persuasive and effective. His professional career is built around working with communities to maximize their economic vitality and success. Myriad public officials with whom he has worked have lined up behind Andersson, not because of politics, but because he brings a rare and valuable insight and thoughtfulness to his work.
He was elected twice and has served diligently on the Geneva Public Library Board. With Andersson as treasurer of that body, he, along with the rest of the board, was the only area taxing body to actually lower their tax burden while maintaining public services. Regardless of one's political stripe, we are all aware of the of political dysfunction which taints our legislative bodies.
Andersson is part of the solution. I encourage everyone to participate in the GOP primary election on March 18 and elect Andersson to the Illinois House of Representatives to help get Illinois back on track.
— Mike Bruno, alderman, 1st Ward, GenevaCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun