To the Editor:
This is not a letter to endorse, or to not endorse, any candidate in the upcoming election.
My wife and I have lived in DeKalb for almost 40 years now, and every election season, many of the candidates for municipal, township, county and various other boards all have said the same three things.
The words that they use may change, but the rhetoric is the same.
1. They promise to improve relations with Northern Illinois University. With so many candidates promising this over the years, our relations with NIU should be fantastic at this point.
2. They promise to "hold the line on" or, even," lower" taxes for the residents of the districts in question. If this had actually happened as many times as was promised, we would have government units paying us by now instead of us paying them.
3. They promise to bring new jobs to the districts or communities in question. Sometimes it is said as "improve the business climate," or "recruit technology firms," or "increase the opportunities." However, it is all a variation on the same theme.
When you go to vote in the upcoming elections this year, try to look past the old rhetoric. Look for someone who does not speak in global terms such as these. We need fresh and new ideas, not rehashes of old rhetoric.
Samuel-Louis Bandy, Jr.