Reading about George Parry and the “black swan” (Wednesday Journal, March 26) brought back memories of my civic interactions with George during my terms of office as River Forest trustee over a period that spanned four decades.

His frequent letters and appearances before the board of trustees in regard to financial integrity of the public safety pension funds has tended to overshadow, if not divert, from the public’s attention to his many other community services during the past 30 years.

As I recall, during my tenure as trustee, Parry served as vice chairman of the River Forest Plan Commission and chairman of its Finance and Tax-exempt Committee for over 12 years. Having been the board’s liaison on the commission, I was able to observe his contributions first-hand. Parry had also served on a similar, but shorter-lived planning group prior to the current Plan Commission.

In addition, during the 1980s, at the request of the League of Women Voters, Parry chaired the Citizen’s Budget Review Committee and later served as member of the River Forest Intergovernmental Council for nearly 10 years. District 90 also benefited from Parry’s chairmanship and co-chairmanship of citizens advisory groups.

Contributory to the diversion of George’s other civic participations is a misinformed and uninformed current village trustee who continuously deflects the cause of the current village’s financial crisis from his own voting record and attributing the cause to the legal funding requirements for the pension fund, associated with Parry.

Dale Rider

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