Haley's cynical commentary on OP politics disturbing


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Reading Dan Haley's column of Jan. 12 ("Grumpy board spits up three prez candidates"), I'm reminded of the late Mike Royko?#34;a brilliant, moving writer who expressed utter cynicism and contempt for politicians. I concluded that the negative impact of Royko's cynicism did more harm to the social fabric than the good done by his forcing us to see our thoughtlessness and dereliction. 

Similarly, I'm disturbed by Mr. Haley's characterization of and cynicism about the political process e.g., "ambition and political intrigue;" "there is political jockeying underway;" "grumpy board;"  "bland governance;" [elected officials] "become annoying public servants...[or] placeholders."

Most of us have been taught to avoid gross generalizations and instead to focus on the specific behaviors that disturb us. For example, this approach is best to correct children or to constructively fight with a spouse. Doing this it is possible to transform a person rather than to just vent our feelings. In this vein, I respectfully ask Mr. Haley: Please reflect upon this when you next approach and comment on politics in Oak Park.
Tom Ard
Oak Park

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