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Mayor Sparrow should be held accountable for any mistakes

DANA L. O'ROURKE Editor: In response to DeKalb Mayor Greg Sparrow's letter in the Jan. 18 edition, I have one question: Mr. Sparrow, were you the one who requested that Illinois come up with the affidavit for this year's mayoral election? It seems to me that this is a way for you not to hold yourself accountable for the mistakes you have made. You can't ask the residents of DeKalb to not bring up your past mistakes and bring up only your little accomplishments. Every person has the right to know about the person they choose to elect into office, whether it is about their past, present or future. When you decide to run for an office seat, you can expect that your personal life will be in the limelight as well as your political life. Everyone makes mistakes, but you also should be held accountable for them and admit the wrongs. I don't know Mr. Frank Van Buer personally, but by his announcement to run for mayor, in his speech and by the way he presents himself, I hard- ly believe he would run anything but an honorable campaign. Is it possible, Mr. Sparrow, that you are leery of forthcoming allegations? DANA L. O'ROURKE DeKalb

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