What's so bad about turning OP into a two-party town?


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I was curious about Gene Armstrong's comments in Dan Haley's column of April 13. In the last paragraph he seems to be concerned that Oak Park is returning to contested elections.

"We are heading down a path of Oak Park being a two-party town, and this is a pretty small town."

I personally have no affiliation with either the NLP or the VMA, and voted more on a candidate-by-candidate basis. But I am a little concerned about the tone of the VMA's comments. Maybe they just are so used to deciding everything that they forgot what it means to get out and talk with voters. Not everyone has the time to come out and be a part of their famous selection process. Many of us are busy with jobs and raising families.

Does Mr. Armstrong honestly think that our government should be chosen by committee, with no choice for voters? I believe that is how they used to do things in the Soviet Union.

Even the City of Chicago, which is dominated by one political party, has factions within the Democratic Party that do battle in primaries. Voters still have choices.

Jeff Schroeder
Oak Park

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