Saturday, March 12, 2011

We get letters: Campaign 2011 edition

Doug Fields here. As the Reader’s Editor, there is no more challenging time of year than election season. Many people think that just because they support a candidate, The Babbler must publish their opinion. It doesn’t work that way. Only the best letters will be considered, and the only an elite few will be published. If I didn’t publish your letter, then practice writing on the Internet. Once you’ve risen above smiley faces, text speak, and childish flaming, then I will consider you for our letter’s page.

This year, it seems like Mayor Roger Claar is actually spending his campaign fund on a local campaign. The First Party of Bolingbrook now has a campaign web page and a Facebook page. Meaning that they just now passed The Bolingbrook Report and entered the 2010s. This must also explain the uptick in e-mails supporting Claar. Here’s one that seemed to deviate from the standard script:

To the Editor:

Out of all the Village Trustee candidates, there are only three with eight or more years experience as trustee. Did you know that they happen to be members of First Party for Bolingbrook?

When you are looking to hire someone, you want experience! They’re the only candidates with experience! With all the outside problems facing Bolingbrook, this is no time for on the job training! We need experience we can trust.

We know what we’re getting when we vote for Leroy Brown, Patricia Schanks, and Rick Morales. We can’t say that about the other candidates!

Juanita X. Moore
Bolingbrook, IL

I wonder what the argument was to elect Morales and Schanks to their first terms?

We received about 100 e-mails for the Will County Independent Party’s endorsed candidates. Ninety-five of them were from the same person. We know how to read Internet headers!

All the letters dealt with Bolingbrook’s debt. Like this one:

To the Editor:

Did you know that Bolingbrook has a debt of $208,673,953? Did you know that one trustee candidate has a plan to cut the debt? She’s been blogging about the village for years! Let’s give her a chance to act! Vote Rhonda Reed Slaughter!

C. Kresswell
Bolingbrook, IL

Then we got this letter:

To the Editor:

Did you know that Bolingbrook has a debt of over $300 million dollars? Did you know that one trustee candidate has a plan to cut the debt? He hasn’t been blogging about the village for years! Let’s give him a chance to act! Vote Joe Napionello!

B. Alexander
Bolingbrook, IL

Then this one:

To the Editor:

Did you know that Bolingbrook has a debt of $464 million? Did you know that one trustee candidate has a plan to cut the debt? She’s been blogging about the village for years! Let’s give her a chance to act! Vote Bob Bowen!

Jason C. Washburn
Bolingbrook, IL

It’s amazing how debt can grow in a matter of weeks.

Oh, if you're going to run as a reform party, it's best not to have a web page that lists the perks of elected office.

Finally, we have this letter:

To the Editor:

I don’t like Mayor Roger Claar and the way he’s run Bolingbrook. Why did we let him build a golf course?

I also don’t like The Brook Report and their supporters. Bonnie cost the village about $27,000 in legal fees because of her lawsuit. Bob annoys me during Village Board meetings.

So I’m voting for Ken Cygan! That way I can express my displeasure towards Roger and The Brook Report!

Rachel Z. Ferguson
Bolingbrook, IL

That’s as good a reason as any.

So readers, no matter who you vote for, make sure you make an informed choice on April 5.

Speaking of which, The Babbler will be making its first endorsement in a Village Trustee election since 2005. Who will get the nod? Find out in two weeks.

Also in The Babbler:

Mayor Claar denies planning to ban Lady Raider jokes
Psychic slam skeptic’s speech three weeks before it happens
Anti-psychic Kitty to be keynote speaker at TAM 9
God to smite Bolingbrook on 3/16/11

Please note: All articles on this site are works of fiction.

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