Tag: Letters

Letters: On Gun Violence, ‘The Answer To Our Prayers Is Action’

Friday, February 16, 2018 || LETTERS || @maywoodnews 

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go to the Parkland, Florida community. These horrible events remind us of the importance of evaluating and implementing our practices to keep our students, teachers, support staff and maintenance safe and secure.

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LETTERS: Thank You, Trustee Yarbrough | What To Know Now That It’s Tax Time

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 || LETTERS || @maywoodnews 

Thank you, Trustee Yarbrough

I would like to give a special thanks to Trustee Henderson Yarbrough, Sr., for assisting me in moving some very large rocks from my parkway. I spoke to Trustee Yarbrough last Wednesday night after a town hall meeting held at Council Chambers, 125 S. 5th Ave., in Maywood.

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Letters: Dear Broadview Citizen

Letter to the EditorFriday, March 24, 2017 || LETTERS || @maywoodnews

As we move closer to Election Day, it’s time to really start examining our choices for leadership within our community. Though I am an elected official, I consider myself a resident who is serving his community, which I did before I ever became an “elected official”.

I detest “politics” but I do love seeing my community, its services, and its citizens prosper. I took office with an eye on that prosperity for our current and future citizens. I had our community in mind when I decided to accept this position I was entrusted to by you.

Broadview is 1.78 square miles and home to approximately 8,000 residents. In comparison, Maywood is 3 square miles and home to 24,000. Westchester has 17,000 residents within its 4 square miles. As you can see, Broadview is a relatively small village, in comparison to our neighbors. Even though we are the smaller village, we make up for it with our huge hearts, enthusiasm and goals for our community. We should be firing on all cylinders together! It has been my privilege to serve as one of your Broadview Park Commissioners for these past eight years. Unfortunately, a big drawback is being surrounded and sometimes engaged in the “politics” of the position.

I have had a front row seat to see what the common resident doesn’t get to see. Theatrics aside, I witnessed the depreciation of our great village. Strides were made from our dark times when we had to lay off loyal public service personnel, but we are still stagnant.

Reports of progress can’t be seen as we all ride down Roosevelt Road and other streets with all the vacant lots occupying our town. There has been infighting and slander thrown around by some of the very candidates on the ballot as we speak. How all of our taxing bodies weren’t on one accord. The school, library and park all seemed to have an agenda of progress and growth.

The village concentrated its efforts on BLOCKING any growth and prosperity these entities tried to gain. Working relationships were cosmetic at best. The questionable ties that were alleged between our village and the strip club, along with the millions we are spending to fight what may have been agreed upon in a backroom deal.

Election after election, we continue to allow this type of “business” to continue. Thinking that your vote doesn’t make a difference. You see it does, very much so in fact, that if we all vote things will change. You can count on those who benefit from “big city politics” in our beautiful village to make sure they squeeze every vote out they can. Every election we listen to empty promises from people who profess the highest integrity, character, faith and family values.

Now the saying goes “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”. My elected position is the only thing that causes me to be a resident of the same glass house.

Those of us that walk the walk can attest to the challenges of attempting to fulfill the duties of our elected seats. It’s definitely challenging. Yet the small majority is determined to keep us playing these “big city politics.” What is there to prosper in it for our community? Apparently, not much unless we’re in the business of vacant lots. What are they gaining from it… money? Ego? Personal gain?

We have candidates who seem to jump all over our elected seats each year. Seems like they never complete any goals relevant to our community. Did they even have a vision? Personally, I can’t see constantly giving a seat to someone who hasn’t shown me anything.

Most involved in this election have a body of work on display for all to see. Don’t allow them to take credit for tasks they didn’t complete or realize. Just look for yourselves citizens! It’s time to stop electing politicians who constantly make these ill-advised decisions and aren’t held responsible for when they are wrong.

As residents, it’s time we ask the hard questions of our leadership about the direction and progress of the village? Are we all resigned to sit idle while we constantly allow the same type of politics to run our village (into the ground) year in and year out? Let me remind you of another saying… “He who doesn’t stand for something will fall for anything”.

Are we ready to stand as a village or will we continue to fall (fail)? It’s time to elect individuals who can create a network of relationships and values that do connect us, bind us, and build us together. It’s time to remove the politicians and replace them with a citizen that wants what we want and is truly vested in our community, our livelihood and our families. It’s time to take back our village and start anew.

In order to move our village forward it will take everyone to get involved. Won’t you help by being a catalyst for change? We will no longer accept the unacceptable. Let this be the last time we gripe, complain, and bemoan who others voted in because we sat back. Let’s come together and make a change for the better. The future of our village is depending on us now. I hope to see you on Election Day! Stay Blessed and take care! VFP

— Kelvin Mason, Broadview Park District commissioner 

Letters: Why I Am Supporting Antonette Dorris for Maywood Mayor

Letter to the EditorWednesday, March 1, 2017 || LETTERS || @maywoodnews

I have been asked many questions as to why I am supporting Toni Dorris for Mayor.  The answer that I throw back at them is “Why not” Toni Dorris.

Toni was former mayor Henderson Yarbrough’s executive assistant for 7 years. She single-handedly restructured and organized the mayor’s office and turned it into an approachable, professional and inviting place to conduct business, submit a complaint or offer a suggestion.

If you had an issue or complaint Toni would have a resolution for that issue taken care of and followed up within the week.  The village’s 17 volunteer commissions could conduct their business, have flyers drawn up and important documents signed by the mayor and mailed off in an expedited manner. If you needed something done and you gave it to Toni, you could rest assured that it was taken care of in her capable hands. 

Toni was also the liaison for the Special Events Commission for six years and she assisted me with establishing partnerships and collaborations with businesses like Walmart, Michael’s Craft store, Walgreens, Comcast, Blick Art Supplies, Aetna Plywood, DePaul University, West Town Museum of Cultural History, Cook County Forest Preserves, Chicago Trolley, District 89, Proviso Township High Schools, P.A.E.C. school, local churches and various community organizations where none existed. 

Together she and I, along with the Special Events Commission, were able to create and implement seasonal events for the entire community from 100 to 2500 residents. We also provided community service hours to over 500 Maywood youth since 2008.  

Toni’s determination, hard work and her ability “to think outside of the box” has given her a much-needed approach to just “get things done.”

Toni would also inform the village manager to make the village staff be held accountable for doing their jobs, especially for our residents who have had difficulty trying to get their issues heard and resolved at village hall, some of the department heads didn’t like to see Toni coming to their office. 

Since Toni has been our Executive Director at the Maywood Park District she has overhauled the day to day operations, created a website and our first ever mailed newsletter that highlighted our activities and programs.

Toni has also established partnerships with Triton College, Benedictine University, State Senator Lightford, District 89, District 209, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, Vision of Restoration and many others to bring vital resources and educational programming to our park district.

Toni does not have a personal agenda and is very thorough, honest; detail oriented and has this town’s best interest at heart. One thing about Toni, you don’t just see her during election time, you see Toni throughout the community — working on various projects and helping others.  Toni brings a much-needed youthful viewpoint of revamping this town and bringing it to the next level.

I encourage you all to do your homework when selecting a mayor for this town. Some of the other candidates don’t have proven track records of successful implementation and being able to bring resources to our community. They don’t know anything about the inner workings of village government, how to establish collaborations and create longstanding partnerships.

In order to change this town, more people need to step up and get involved! Maywood is a town of 22,000-plus residents and less than 2,500 people vote. That is sad and unacceptable.

If everyone in our town voted and was heavily involved in our youth, school districts, park district, and village government we would be an active, viable community with excellent village services. Maywood would already have implemented a thriving economic development community that has brought jobs to our town.

Once that happens our property values would increase and the negative stigma about Maywood would be erased and nonexistent. I and some of the residents in this town are looking for a different mindset and also someone to take Maywood to the technology-driven age.  For all of the above reasons that I have stated, this is why I support Toni Dorris as my candidate for Mayor of Maywood.

— Dawn Rone, Maywood Park District Commissioner 

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LETTERS: Chris Welch Insults Voters With Campaign Tactics

Letter to the EditorThursday, March 3, 2016 || LETTERS

My family has  received a robocall  from Emanuel “Chris” Welch  saying that Chris Harris, the democrat who is running against Welch for state representative, is stuffing people’s mailboxes with a newspaper containing lies about  Mr. Welch.

So far, my family  has  received  39  mailers  stuffed in our mailbox  from Emanuel  Welch. We have only received one mailing from Harris. I think it is plainly evident that Welch is the one stuffing people’s mailboxes!

Does Mr. Welch think people cannot count?

Some of the mailers we have received  from Welch slam Harris with accusations of Harris looking  out for his friends.

I believe it  is evident that Welch is making false accusations against Harris of exactly what Welch has been doing for years in hiring his friends and relatives, such as a $56,000 janitorial job for his brother Billy Welch and a $90,000  night foreman job for the best man at Welch’s  wedding, according to a  March 8, 2012 Chicago Sun-Times report.

I  believe Emanuel Welch is totally insulting voters if he thinks we cannot count and do not know of his loading Proviso High School District 209 payroll with his friends and relatives,  just like he loads our mailboxes!

I recently put out two lawn signs for Harris that were stolen and immediately replaced by lawn signs for Emanuel  “Chris” Welch. This is  like a thief who drops his ID at the scene of his crime!

I believe it is time we enacted “term limits”  by ending Emanuel “Chris” Welch’s term in office and electing  Chris Harris, an honest man who does not bombard taxpayers with lies, but tells it like it is. VFP

— J. Guadgnola, Berkeley