Thursday, April 13, 2017 12:28 am
Letters to the Editor 4/13/17
Our current governor still has no clue what governing is. It is not about issuing ultimatums; it is about working with the legislature, no matter what party or length of time in office.
The people of Illinois (including his own party members) understand that his stance on the budget is wrong, misguided or, at the worst, stupid. His recent political ads show the extent of his misguided efforts and lack of understanding of state governance. He has plowed millions into campaigning for himself and other Republicans, but this may not be enough since his lack of understanding of the plight of the residents of the state, which is basically his doing, is in the minds of Illinois’ residents. Millions of dollars in assets do not make a good leader; proper actions with regard to the welfare of the state’s residents do. These actions, along with a decent relationship with the legislature, are key to good governing, not holding the states’ most vulnerable residents hostage.
QUESTIONABLE ELECTION LAW
I am concerned about an election law that allows candidates for office to be inside a polling place if they are registered as poll watchers. This seems to be in conflict with the law that prohibits candidates’ signs within 100 feet of the entrance to the polling place. During a recent local election, the incumbent for village president sat at a ballot table from morning until night. Presumably greeting, at the least, voters before they voted. The Sangamon County Board of Elections assured me this was legal. Fortunately, the incumbent’s presence did not affect the outcome. But how many other elections were swayed by this unacceptable practice? How many future elections will be? It may be legal, but it’s certainly not ethical.
IN SUPPORT OF IMMIGRANTS
I would like to thank Sarah H. Thomas for her very wonderful letter to the editor regarding immigrants in the April 6 Illinois Times. Even though she mentioned inexperience about immigration, she got it right. We should not forget that we are Americans; we do not throw people out or diss them because they are different. I am the granddaughter of immigrants who came to this country fleeing ethnic oppression in Europe. The people coming in now are fighting for their lives and the lives of their children. Again, thank you, Sarah.
Joan M. Burmeister
Some would dispute that there is any such thing as “white privilege.” If there is white privilege, what does it look like?
I am one of 10 children born to a mother who was widowed at the age of 47 with six of those children (aged 8 to 18) still living at home. As a result, at the age of 12, I took a job as a shoeshine boy to do my part in helping the family survive; working four days a week after school and all day on Saturdays. I later worked other odd jobs.
I went to college on a hope, a wing and a prayer. I remember one semester having a white roommate whose dad was president of a bank in Homewood. He drove a Pontiac GTO around campus. This was 50 years ago. As a work-study student struggling to survive, I couldn’t even imagine being where he was socioeconomically.
I am a first-generation professional, and not because my mom and dad weren’t smart enough to be professionals. It’s just that it was a little difficult to achieve professional (or white-collar) status when the (“separate but equal”) system that they had to endure limited their educational advancement to eighth grade.
I have white friends who are third- and fourth-generation professionals. What does that translate into? Money (and what it will secure) that has accumulated for several generations. That leads me to ask, who came up with the concept that the playing field is now level? My guess is some white guy who is a fourth-generation professional.