Updated: March 13, 2013 6:33AM
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Brim has a history of mental illness, including five hospitalizations for psychotic episodes while a judge, and suffers from bipolar disorder. She was found not guilty by reason of insanity in her recent trial on a battery charge for shoving a sheriff’s deputy at the Daley Center last March.
Brim was suspended with pay while awaiting trial, getting her $182,000 salary for months while doing nothing. Now, after being acquitted, she is “eager to get back to work,” according to her lawyer.
So, Cook County has had a well-documented, mentally disturbed judge on the bench since 1994, passing judgment on others.
Who is insane?
Much at stake in 2nd District election
While many may bemoan the number of candidates running for office in the 2nd Congressional District primary election, we, the members of the Thursday Think Tank, see this as a welcoming trend. For too long, the residents of the district have not had truly competitive choices as to who represents them in Congress.
The Thursday Think Tank is a group of retired, African-American professional men who meet regularly, endeavoring to discuss and research issues relating to our community. Then we develop action-oriented strategies to try to positively impact the lives of African Americans in the Chicago area.
We realize that several of the candidates running in the 2nd District are in the race for narcissistic reasons. Hopefully, this will be exposed during the campaign. Because of the special needs of our district, we need to elect someone with uncommon abilities. This is not a job for a political novice or someone wishing mainly to further their political ambitions.
A sincere and committed candidate should be able to tell us how they will address some of the serious issues of concern to 2nd District residents, such as housing, jobs, economic development, education and crime.
This election is much too important to be decided on looks, political party, cute sound bites and slogans. It represents a great opportunity for our communities to send to Congress a new and invigorated U.S. representative.
Simplify the mail delivery system
I have an idea to help save the U.S. Postal Service. It’s not a new idea but expands on an existing one. The Postal Service should use cluster mailboxes wherever possible.
If people still want delivery to their house, they would pay a fee for it. There could be a lower fee for senior citizens. I’m a senior and would not mind going to the corner of my block for the mail and would gladly help others on my block by getting their mail for them, too.
This would save money by requiring fewer mail routes and fewer jobs. It’s preferable to eliminating Saturday mail delivery.
Carl F. Rollberg