LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Posted October 23, 2020
It is clear that the new candidates running for DeWitt County Board have been unfairly mentioned by a faction that does not clearly identify themselves in mailings, postcards, phone calls, and other online posts. Having attended most Board meetings over the last several years, I can attest to why these candidates decided to run for office.
In a recent mailing, it was questioned as to whether the new candidates (the so-called “no show candidates”) did not want to show their lack of knowledge about issues affecting the County at a recent radio interview forum. Each new candidate was named in this letter and accused of numerous claims. One new candidate was called a “Manchurian candidate”, a reference to a “political thriller about the son of a prominent U.S. political family who is brainwashed into being an unwitting assassin for a Communist conspiracy.” Why does this group feel the need to name-call?
In a recent newspaper article, the claim is that wind turbines are being built all around DeWitt County approved by other conservative counties. They ask why are wind turbines so bad and why is a local group trying to spread untruths. They do not list any counties that are trying to implement ordinances to protect their residents from falling blades or from radar impediments which are both real safety issues, among others.
In recent postcards, it was claimed that the new candidates were recruited by a local group. In fact, after attending many Board meetings, it became obvious to each that change was needed. The safety of residents was not being considered at Board meetings and incumbent Board members rarely stated their reasoning for their votes and motions.
Claims were also made about harassment of Arcosa employees, and that these new candidates do not care about these employees. In fact, an amendment to the wind ordinances was recommended that would have guaranteed Arcosa employees continued employment but was voted down by these incumbents.
In online posts, the same information was disseminated as was on the postcards about Arcosa. In fact, a post on the page actually says this layoff was not due to this wind project but instead due to loss of contracts with GE.
It may be true that these new candidates were attracted to the County Board meetings by a single issue. But, what they observed during these meetings was unsettling and drove each to try to make a change for the better.
Each having diverse backgrounds and experience that they want to contribute, allowed them to recognize the current Board’s shortcomings. Each of these new candidates, if one would take the time to research, is very concerned about current Board operation. It is time for a change.
Clinton, IL 61727