To the Editor:
It was a roller-coaster of emotions during election night. I had vested interest, considering my dad is Ed Bender. I was optimistic. Optimism slowly turned to frustration/disappointment. He spent countless hours in meetings, breakfasts, etc. To see it not validated was frustrating.
Emotions gave way to appreciation. His tenure as mayor/trustee has many accomplishments. Some include the Lakefront Park, new police station and village hall, turning the budget from a deficit into a surplus, more sidewalks, street lights, and a new 911 center, Venetian Night, and I’m sure there are more.
Adversaries may not like his vision, but they cannot deny his leadership/dedication.
I’m disappointed for many, but not dad. Disappointed for people who worked with him, the visitors who will not be able to enjoy the Fox Lake experience because there isn’t a place to stay in town. Disappointed for losing a lot of sales taxes that a hotel/other business generate, which help roads, schools, etc.; disappointed for the businesses that won’t benefit from people coming into town; disappointed for weddings/ceremonies that will not happen at the new hotel; disappointed for the adversaries that came by on election night. That was truly classless/pathetic. Lastly, I’m disappointed for all the time/effort that he put in without the final results.
I want to thank you, Dad, for all you have done. We have met many great people. Great job, Dad.