Election 2017: Letter from the Editor’s Desk

ue to a crunch on time, this reporter’s personal life crises, and the topical nature of the usual fourth question, a questionnaire for the Second Ward’s candidates could not be completed. However, I hope citizens, in order to inform their own opinions, take a page from my book, and ask the difficult hot-button questions that are most pressing for them of their candidates. As for the First Ward, there really is no contest there.

As I have made clear in pieces for YourPortJervisIsShowing.com, for the Fourth and Third Wards, “participation trophies” (as some residents call them) will not be handed out. I, as a dutiful independent journalist, sworn to the truth and all that democracy requires of it cannot justify that ward’s candidates with a questionnaire or article. \

Two seats, two candidates; that is not choice, that is not democracy, and were I not an independent observer, I would still cast no vote for either.

Moving On: There is more than political candidates on the ballot this year, so please be informed, they are as follows:

  1. A Question: Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution and amend the same?
  2. An Amendment: Allowing the complete or partial forfeiture of a public officer’s pension if he or she is convicted of a certain type of felony.
  3. An Amendment: Authorizing the Use of Forest Preserve Land for Specified Purposes.

The first amendment here elaborates as follows:

The proposed amendment to section 7 of Article 2 of the State Constitution would allow a court to reduce or revoke the public pension of a public officer who is convicted of a felony that has a direct and actual relationship to the performance of the public officer’s existing duties.

The second amendment:

The proposed amendment will create a land account with up to 250 acres of forest preserve land eligible for use by towns, villages, and counties that have no viable alternative to using forest preserve land to address specific public health and safety concerns; as a substitute for the land removed from the forest preserve, another 250 acres of land, will be added to the forest preserve, subject to legislative approval. The proposed amendment also will allow bicycle trails and certain public utility lines to be located within the width of specified highways that cross the forest preserve while minimizing removal of trees and vegetation.

Again, due to unforeseen personal tragedy, I have failed you, the Great American Public in this final task, and hope that one has found the information needed to form a strong opinion on the matter, elsewhere. As we move passed this election, I pray that you continue reading and supporting the work I do, and we do.

BriennaParsons.com

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