Did the It Takes a Village candidates really just compare their opposition to Bernie Madoff? [Acknowledge reality and make necessary changes, Viewpoints, March 11] And with a few weeks left before the Oak Park elections, what other scare tactics will they be employing? How much lower can they sink? A couple weeks ago they claimed Oak Park was “headed off a cliff.” Now, apparently Oak Park is speeding “toward a brick wall.” People are “cooking the books”? This all sounds so sadly desperate.

They might think that this kind of ultra-negative campaigning works, but Oak Parkers are better and brighter than this nonsense. Oak Parkers demand rational, intelligent discourse on the issues, not this mud-slinging silliness. The It Takes a Village candidates have lost my respect, and they certainly have lost any chance that I would ever vote for them.

Richard Schoen
Oak Park

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