"If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts."
I am wondering if this should be the campaign slogan for Cathy Adduci.
At the forum at the River Forest Public Library, I was shocked at the facts and figures Adduci used. Asked about servicing the universities with fire protection, she said, "Unfortunately, we have to provide them services. In fact, if I remember correctly, 75 percent of our calls for fire go to Dominican or Concordia. They are a big use of our services and they don't have to pay for it." According to 2012 village data, our department responds to Concordia 4 percent of the time and Dominican 3 percent. As a graduate of Rosary College, I have to wonder what demonizing the universities can accomplish.
Harmful comments to nonprofits in RF included a remark, "You may not know this but the universities and nonprofits take up over 50 percent of our land, entities that do not pay property taxes." Forgetting a large part of that 50 percent is the Forest Preserve and park district.
Adduci, who has worked in Information Technology for 32 years, stated, "We share our IT with Oak Park. Our technology and all of our servers are housed in Oak Park. We don't have that equipment in River Forest." Wrong, we have all computers and servers at RF Village Hall.
Next she said, "We can't just sit on the sidelines and hope economic development comes our way." Well, Adduci wants news sources of revenue yet apparently she has been sitting on the sidelines for four years because the Economic and Community Development Committee, which Adduci is a member of, has not met in years.
Adduci is chair of the Public Safety Committee; she never convened a meeting in 2010, 2011 or 2012. The fire prevention district topic has sat in her lap for three years even though it has $23,000 earmarked for the investigation of fire prevention district feasibility.
Adduci seems to change the facts to fit her theory.
Gibbs has command of the issues in our village. In the four years Gibbs has been a trustee, he has nominated six people to committees. Adduci: none.
Gibbs is active in village affairs and is engaged with administrators and stakeholders. He does not placate his audiences; he tells the facts. Facts are what good leaders use to be successful, not facts to fit the theory.
Mary Clark Atkinson