In his Nov. 2 column, Dan Haley issued a decree that everyone is to give the “benefit of the doubt” to the current elected Oak Park officials, who are “working hard to sort out complex issues.” He also directs “anyone associated with a past board” to be silent, since they have “no basis for complaint.” Questioning the motives of our elected officials is prohibited because some might “make this personal.”

Dan Haley seems to want to give only his anointed officials the benefit of doubt. He has never shown himself to be willing to give a similar benefit to prior boards. As for making criticisms personal, we recently witnessed an editorial attack by Dan on a former village president carried out with startling personal animus.

I wish the best for our current president and board of trustees, but I don’t do so because Emperor Dan has commanded it.

Jerry Norton
Oak Park

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