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Forum: A grateful mayor

Updated: May 29, 2013 7:24AM



My wife Karen and I wish to thank village residents for their support, not only during the election but especially during this last year when my personal health was briefly challenged by contracting the West Nile Virus.

On a Saturday morning last month, we were both vividly reminded of what makes Evergreen Park such a fine community. We were thrilled to see the overwhelming, heartfelt response as thousands turned out for the run/walk memorial to Meg Donovan Moonan at Circle Park.

Never has a mayor been prouder of community members or aware of how fragile life is. The response to March4Meg remains with me and will forever be a testament to what really matters to people in our community.

Your resounding support at the polls April 9 will inspire me, the village board and the village clerk to continue our mission to make Evergreen Park better each day. I like to think we in Evergreen Park have each other to lean on during these times of economic uncertainty.

Evergreen Park can look forward to new jobs, newfound revenue with the recent retail development and the kind of stability other communities covet. Housing values have stayed strong, and we do not have foreclosure signs populating every block. We strive to make Evergreen Park a community where a lifetime of dreams can be realized.

Your confidence in this administration will not be met with contentment but an increase in our resolve to serve you and, sometimes, even lean on you. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

James Sexton

Mayor, Evergreen Park

Stand tall and united

We have been tested, as a nation, with senseless tragedies. But we must never lose sight of the fact that we are a nation based in individual freedoms. We cannot let terrorists and nut cases change our way of life.

America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. We cannot relinquish our freedoms and our free way of life.

We must stand tall and united as a people and practice due diligence but never, ever give up our free way of life.

Michael D. Turay

Crete

Jobs at what price?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry was in Illinois recruiting workers for his state. Texas is a right-to-work state, where the average hourly wage is almost criminal, with many workers not getting key benefits such as pensions and health care.

The laws in Texas overwhelmingly favor big business at the expense of the labor force. A case in point is the West, Texas, fertilizer plant that recently exploded. Texas law permitted the plant to operate about 3,000 feet from a school.

The explosion leveled homes, apartments and a nursing home in a four-block area. That plant had no firewalls or sprinklers, while producing ammonium nitrate, the dangerous chemical used in the Oklahoma City federal building bombing in 1995.

Yes, Texas has jobs — dangerous, unregulated, low-paying jobs with few, if any, benefits. Rick Perry needs to stay in the Lone Star State, which is no friend of the worker.

Bob Pritchard

Hickory Hills



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