Letters to the Editor

Defeat referendum

To the Editor:

I believe the referendum question to create the office of county executive is a singularly bad idea. In an era when almost all of us agree that shrinking government is a laudable goal, we are presented with a question this November of creating another layer of government.

What is the point? Is our present form of county governance not working? Is it running deficits? Are our elected county representatives acting unreasonably or unaccountable to the electorate? I think not.

I have had a number of firsthand experiences with the county’s elected officials. I have found them approachable, polite, responsive and thoughtful. They have manifested an overriding concern for the public interest.

Can anyone seriously maintain that Will County, the only county in our region that has adopted this form of government, is an icon for efficient and responsible government?

It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican, Democrat or independent, we can all agree that this is a bad idea. In fact, in one of the few instances of nonpartisanship in Springfield, legislators from both parties this past term overwhelmingly joined together to defeat legislation that would have changed McHenry County’s system of government. I say we defeat it too.

Tom Burney

Crystal Lake

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.