Category: Letters

Letters: The Proviso Township Bills Aren’t the Enemy | Congress, Keep this Credit!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 || LETTERS || @maywoodnews 

I want to briefly respond to the article, “After a Missed Season, the Maywood BUCS Are Fighting for Their Lives,” published on Nov. 5.

I’m the president of the Proviso Township Bills, the new youth football program that was referenced in the article that featured the Maywood BUCS and its founder, Edward “Speed” Alexander.

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My Experiences At the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 || LETTERS || @maywoodnews

Earlier this year, Maywood resident and Proviso East student Anahi Soto was selected among students nationally to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders — a prestigious program that’s exclusively for honors high school students who are passionate about studying in the STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) fields. She writes about her experiences at the congress below:

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LETTERS: We’re Demanding That Maywood Repeal Its Pit Bull Ordinance

Letter to the EditorSaturday, July 8, 2017 || LETTERS || @maywoodnews

In response to your article of May 3, 2017 entitled, “Maywood Pit Bull Owners Pressing Village to Change Regulations”, I would very much like to challenge one point. The Pit bull owners of Maywood are not pressing the village to change the current Pit bull ordinance. We are demanding that the ordinance be repealed entirely.

The Village of Maywood is completely on the wrong side of this issue. We are the only municipality anywhere in the area to have any type of regulations about Pit bull ownership. Chicago, Cicero, Berwyn, North Riverside, Riverside, Bellwood, Broadview, Melrose Park, Forest Park, Oak Park, River Forest, none of these communities have any laws restricting Pit bull ownership. Pit bulls are not even mentioned in any of their Animal Control laws.

The State of Illinois has prohibited Breed Specific Laws (BSL), or laws that single out any one breed, and the Centers for Disease Control, part of the federal government does not endorse the use of this kind of a law. Even the American Bar Association, the national representative of the legal profession, does not support the passage of BSL.

In fact, no one seems to even remember why this law was passed here in the first place. Let’s be honest, we all know that there probably more Pit bulls in the Village of Maywood than any other kind of dog, and even so, no specific issues with Pit bull attacks have been cited, and no one seems to feel that there is a problem, or that there has ever been a problem with Pit bulls in the Village of Maywood. Officer Johnson even spoke about loose Pit bulls, abandoned by their owners, who were nonetheless not aggressive toward anyone.

We already have laws that protect our citizens from any dogs of any breeds who have exhibited aggressive behavior. This Pit bull law is overkill and is unfair to responsible pet owners and to innocent animals who have never bothered anybody in their lives.

This issue is scheduled to be on the agenda at the next Legal, License and Ordinance Committee meeting. Changing the law is not good enough! This law has to got to go! People of Maywood, if you own a Pit bull, if you love animals, if you are tired of Maywood’s  leadership being out of touch with the world around us, or even if you just care about fairness and justice in Maywood, come to the village meeting on Wednesday July 12 at 7 p.m. in the Village Council Chambers above the police station and demand that the Board of Trustees get rid of this law once and for all! Make Maywood safe for its citizens, human and dog alike.

Heather Stelnicki, Maywood 

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LETTERS: ComEd Needs to Respect Private Property Regardless of Where Its At

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A tree outside of John Yi’s Maywood home. Yi said that the tree was “mutilated” by ComEd and Lewis Tree Removal. | Submitted photo

Thursday, June 15, 2017 || LETTER TO THE EDITOR || @maywoodnews

ComEd and Lewis Tree Removal of New York say that a tree needs to be 10 feet clear of wires, so they proceeded to “trim” the beautiful tree outside of our home. Take a look at that photo. Does that look like 10 feet or 3 feet? Why didn’t they just remove the tree altogether?

ComEd also informed me that I must now pay a tree removal company to cut down the tree they just mutilated!

My question to ComEd is this: Would you treat private property this way if Maywood were instead Oak Park or River Forest? My hunch is no. But because I live in a socio-economically depressed community that is 95 percent minority, ComEd feels no hesitation when it comes to disrespecting private property.

ComEd claims that it treats every neighborhood and community the same, but I have a hard time believing that they would do this to my tree if it were planted in Lake Forest or River Forest.

Some of us in Maywood are working really hard to bring good to this town and the bad guys keeping us from doing this aren’t always the ones that make the evening news. I would love to see ComEd change their ways in this regard. Respect private property regardless of what community it’s in!

— John Yi, Maywood resident

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Letters: Anahi Soto Goes to Washington | This Is Politics, Or Is It?

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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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Letters: I Firmly Opposed Home Rule

Letter to the EditorThursday, March 30, 2017 || By LETTERS || @maywoodnews

I firmly opposed to home rule in Broadview. I voted against it and I had a “No on Home Rule” sign in my yard. I’m running for mayor because I want everyone in Broadview to have a say in village government. Home rule would take power away from the people. I signed a petition to allow voters to voice their opinion, and I’m glad the voters decided against Home Rule for Broadview. As Mayor, I’ll continue to work with the people of Broadview to make sure their voices are heard in village government.

I signed a petition to allow voters to voice their opinion and I’m glad the voters decided against home rule for Broadview. As mayor, I’ll continue to work with the people of Broadview to make sure their voices are heard in village government.

— Katrina Thompson, candidate for Mayor of Broadview 

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