To the Editor:
The Rev. Billy Graham said, “When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”
It is now time for all of us to stand in McHenry County and denounce the nepotism and patronage that has crept into our local governments. It is time for all of us to recognize it simply isn’t good enough for us to elect people because of their “experience.” Ask yourself, “How are all of these professional politicians doing for you?”
McHenry County has the dubious distinction of having the 29th-highest property taxes in the U.S., and when you confront politicians, all they give you is some politically correct answer and blame someone else. They all take a pension and the health care you would love to have (I do not). Everyone has an excuse. The county blames the state. The village blames the school board. The township blames county.
It is an incestuous circle, and it needs to end. Enough of the excuses.
It is time to examine the voting records of those people who constantly have voted in their own best interests and not the best interests of the county. Who has voted for enormous capital projects we cannot possibly afford? Who has consistently talked about transparency and then voted against it every time there is a chance for real transparency?
Don’t fall for the lip service. Say goodbye to political correctness.
McHenry County Board member, District 1