LETTERS: Let’s Stand Together With A Vision

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 || LETTERS || @maywoodnews

The Maywood Visionary Party has entered the April 2 race as trustee candidates for the village of Maywood. In our opinion, this race will set precedence for the future of this village. 

Antonette “Toni” Dorris and Steven R. Smiley are candidates of MVP who have not stopped pushing the bar towards excellence, transparency and accountability for all residents. 

In this critical time, our village can no longer stand on consistent lies, exaggerated excuses and false promises. To offer light and hope, we must rely on truths, teamwork and solutions to change our damaged existence.

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” …..is a quote by author Gail Sheehy. This quote is profound because “lack of positive change” has been our reality. 

We, as constituents, do the best we can, with what we have, in order to try and sustain hope. Sometimes we look out our windows or go down the street and we’re strongly reminded of negligence, mismanagement, poor leadership and the inability of good customer service. 

It seems as though the village manager and his staff are satisfied with feeding us manure while telling us its chocolate pudding. As an elected official, do not be afraid to hold the village manager accountable.

If the village manager allows his staff to run amuck, then the board must exercise their power openly and mandate things change immediately or within a designated time frame because the village manager is their only employee who runs the day to day services and much more. Set benchmarks for the village manager, complete 90-day reviews to address and solve the massive issues that we have.

As much as we see and hear, we can never become satisfied with the status quo. It’s time to reclaim our village!  Nay-sayers, finger pointers and people who throw rocks and hide their hands help to continue the negativity throughout our community. 

MVP suspects that you may be disgusted with our village, but to change this, we must not be afraid to work together towards excellence. 

“We must be impatient for change. Let us remember that our voice is a precious gift and we must use it,” said Claudia Flores, immigration campaign manager, Center for American Progress.

MVP has created Resident Committees that will address problematic areas and their departments, including public works, finance, water, economic development, code enforcement, IT/website and police.

These committees will address issues that affect all constituents because we are stronger together. These committees will engage off facts — not rumors. The committee members will speak at village board meetings and communicate outcomes in their areas.  “You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen,” said Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States.

If you’re interested in becoming a member, please call (708) 689-9MVP (9687).    You along with MVP will:

  • Reclaim and rebuild our community by empowering our residents;
  • No longer accept the disrespect and mutilation of our competency as residents from upper management;
  • Urge transparency and complete communication from our village manager, administrators and village board; 
  • Engage to eliminate the “run-around” game that you are currently being “forced” to accept;
  • Stand strong in holding the village manager, administrators and village board accountable;
  • And much more!

MVP looks forward to representing and working with the constituents of the Village of Maywood.

— Antonette “Toni” Dorris and Steven R. Smiley, candidates for Maywood trustee

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