To the Editor:
It’s time for change. All over the country people are waking up to the fact that their elected officials are not representing them. We are finding our voices and getting involved.
This should be true of our local government as well. When we don’t take an interest and hold our local government accountable, it is given an opportunity to lose its way and stop acting in our best interests.
This is the case in the city of Crystal Lake. The City Council has stopped representing the people who live here, and has fallen in with corporate and commerce interests instead.
I urge residents of the city to start looking at what is happening where you live. Start paying attention to the decisions that are being made, and ask yourselves: Are these decisions in the best interests of the residents, or are they in the best interests of commercial development at the expense of residents? If you find yourself dissatisfied, run for office – use your voice!
The city needs candidates who will commit to doing the job the City Council is supposed to do, which is to look after the safety and welfare of the city and its residents. That didn’t happen earlier this week. The City Council voted to approve a full-service car wash on the most dangerous stretch of Route 31 in the county.
This business generates no sales tax, and its profits will not be reinvested in the community. They voted to approve even more noise, more chances for traffic incidents and more chances for increased flooding in the area. If you travel this road frequently, you can imagine what it will look like in the future.
Unfortunately, there are no challengers to the upcoming election for mayor and City Council, and that is no one’s fault but our own. We get the representation we deserve.