Forum: Questions Heilmann’s credibility
January 1, 2013 9:00PM
Updated: February 3, 2013 6:25AM
I read with amusement the Dec. 23 letter from Oak Lawn Mayor Dave Heilmann, who blames a political setup for the recent debacle on hiring a firm to replace the roof on the village’s public works building.
How can the mayor not know exactly what he’s voting for? Doesn’t he read the info packet before the meeting? He blames the village manager, the village attorney and three opposing trustees for not telling him (a lawyer) about problems with the winning bidder. He never communicates with his opponents on the village board, at least not that I have seen.
The mayor expects the residents of Oak Lawn to believe that he knew nothing about the brother of his new political ally, Trustee Bob Streit being an employee of the company that received the bid?
The FBI is investigating the bid process for the roofing contract. The reputation of Oak Lawn, Mr. Streit and the roofing company are in question now, and the village may have a lawsuit on its hands from the other bidders over the botched bid process.
Yeah, all this was done just to make Dave look bad. As usual, it’s always about the mayor.
Politicians’ favorite refuge
In Illinois, we have had a half dozen or so commissions on school funding reform formed by a few of our governors, resulting in little or no action on this important issue. For a few weeks the “pressure” is on legislators to get something done on school funding reform, then another crisis becomes Priority 1, and ultimately a half dozen reports sit collecting dust on shelves somewhere in Springfield.
Now we have a national tragedy again, with a mentally deranged man murdering 27 people, 20 of them young children. So what do we do? The president orders a commission on gun control.
This commission will study the problem and will come up with recommendations, but something tells me that perhaps one or two recommendations will be implemented and the rest will wind up in a report somewhere on a shelve in Washington, D.C.
Politicians are the same, no matter at the local, state or national level — they all study and recommend and then do little or nothing in fear of losing votes from their constituents. God forbid that they do anything to jeopardize their re-election.
Michael D. Turay
NRA leader in own world
National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre is as fine an example of a man living in a bubble as one could imagine. It boggles the mind to think this man and this organization can turn the knees and spines of our elected officials to jelly.
To our legislators everywhere man and woman up. Anyone outside the military or law enforcement who feels the need to own automatic firearms for protection or any other reason has issues.
The very least you politicians can do is ban private ownership and all sales of these kinds of weapons of death.