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Dilute the power

Dear Editor:It’s not about the size of a store, it’s not about an economic road map, It’s not about saving local businesses, and it’s about POWER. If you like the politics in Washington, D.C., you’ve gotta love Carbondale. We’ve got it all: ideological fervor, hot-button litmus tests, fear tactics, personal attacks on opponents, and concentration of power. Like in Washington, the result is little attention to the real business at hand, running the government fairly, efficiently and openly. We need to do here in Carbondale what we need to do in Washington: break up the concentration of power. Four trustees currently hold way with lock-step ideology. Only one, Scott, is up for re-election. Russ, another, is running for mayor, turning on Michael Hassig, our current mayor, who has shown too much independence. I no longer live in the city limits but have given time and effort to the town and dislike what I see enough that I am going door to door with the three candidates who hold the key to open, considerate and balanced government. Please vote for Stacy Patch-Bernot, John Foulkrod and Barry Maggert. Anything less than a vote for all three, and Michael Hassig for mayor, is a vote for narrow, back-room ideological agendas and higher taxes to pay for them. I can’t recall writing a letter to the editor in years. What we got here is extraordinary. Please vote. Brad Hendricksformer trusteeCarbondale


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