Sunday, April 30, 2017 || LETTERS || @maywoodnews
My experience at the National League of Cities Conference
The Maywood Youth Council has once again made their appearance in the National League of Cities Conference in Washington D.C., which was held from March 11 to March 15. Keyanna Turner and myself, who are both sophomores from Proviso East High School; Jeramia Sowell, a junior at Proviso East; John Michael Dawson, a junior at Proviso Math and Science Academy; and Reena Murphy, a senior at Walter Lutheran Christian Academy.
We are five brilliant students with impressive GPAs well above 3.0 and a desire to improve their beloved village. Trustee Isiah Brandon took on the responsibility to bring us to Washington D.C. yet again in hopes that more resources could be utilized.
This year, the conference events taught us about the importance of networking. Many of us received contact information from people like Scot Carter, the chief of the Department of Agriculture; Star Wilbraham, a small business analyst; and Diane Delaware, the mayor of Yazoo, Mississippi.
Upon our arrival to the conference, we went through workshops that gave us a foundation for future networking. We also attended congressional meetings on issues like clean water preservation.
We also learned how lobbyists lobby, how policies function and how to be leaders. For instance, at one workshop, we had to write a policy that implemented a plan to give an area free internet. During these meetings, we were conversation-starts and deep-thinking participants.
As a returning member of the council, I was very impressed by these individuals who knew that they attended this conference with a greater purpose: to make Maywood prosper — and not just for themselves.
I want to thank everyone who made this available to the youth: the trustees, the mayor, the teachers and the residents of our fine village. We’ve done well as community members to raise such open-minded individuals. The village of the eternal flame shines on!
— Anahi Soto, Proviso East High School sophomore
This is politics, or is it?
Right on the brink of the recent Maywood, IL mayoral April 4th, 2017 election, voting citizens observed a duplication of two candidates’ names, titles and photographs on the Palm Cards of opposing slates. Naturally, we wonder, ‘how can this even happen?’
When then candidate, then mayor, now Mayor Elect, Madam Edwenna Perkins was approached regarding integrity and morality, unfair campaign practices, ethics, personal principles and the like, she coldly and flatly responded, “THIS IS POLITICS.”
Since then, charges regarding these self-same concerns have been leveled against Madam Mayor Elect Perkins, along with her counterpart, re-elected Village Clerk, Viola Mims, with respect to violations stemming from blatant disregard for legislation instituted by the Illinois State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, 5 ILCS 430/5-15. The Village of Maywood has adopted the prohibited political activities provisions of the Act, as required by law.
This, is politics.
— Fern Rayon, Freelancer, FERNsWORKs
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