Climate change, a looming catastrophe, has badly needed greater public resolve and action for some time now. But we spent 2008 on a trans-racial circus which presented change in quote marks. Then our descent from post-World War II affluence demanded attention after years of legalized looting by the super-rich and the super-rich wannabes, while Congress tries to think of something to do (without discussing higher personal income taxes on rich people). Now some Illinois politicians and news organizations have guided us to another descent-into McCarthyism.

A year-long smear campaign having elicited no effective protest among Illinois Democrats, I have decided to ask the Oak Park Township Democratic organization to remove my name from their mailing list until the Madigan family and their local organization end all participation in the statewide committee of the Illinois Democratic Party.

Gary Barnes
Oak Park

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