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Illinois has a lot to offer

Published: Friday, May 30, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Kevin Craver recently expressed his view that he (and many others) desires to leave Illinois’ problems behind, along with his hope that we not export Illinois’ problems to other states.

His rant sounded to me like a cry for help. Would the Northwest Herald please do him, and all of us, a favor and let him go? He obviously is not happy here, complaining not only about Illinois’ fiscal problems and politicians, but its weather, culture and even its people.

He blames all of us, or at least the electorate, for the government we get and the mess we’re in. Unfortunately, his whiny rant, like much of today’s political discourse, complains much and vehemently about taxes and government excess but offers little in the way of suggestions – except that we should all just leave (but preferably not where he’s going).

For some strange reason, he even throws in the absurd but oft-repeated notion that the Second Amendment was intended by the founders as a way for citizens to rein in government power (good luck with that armed insurrection).

In spite of Illinois’ dire fiscal issues and indecisive state officials, Illinois does have much to offer to those willing to invest their time and energies in their local communities.

If all you can do is complain about how awful things are, leave. Those willing to work through the hard times and make things better enjoy the extra elbow room.

David Brooks

Fox River Grove

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