For those of you who have followed my occasional missives, you know that I am dedicated to open and transparent government and for treating citizens, businesses and landlords equally and fairly. And that all people should feel protected under the law and that no one should get their way because they know someone, have more money than others or because they can throw people around with their “elected” weight.

Recently one of my grandsons visited me after school one day; he is 3 and a half. I asked how things went.

“Bullies are bad,” he said.

“Did your teacher say that?” I asked, surprised.

“Teacher says bullies push people and don’t listen.”

“Yes, that’s true,” I said.

“Teacher says bullies want their own way and don’t share.”

“I know,” I said.

“Teacher says tell her if I see a bully,” he said.

Sounds to me like we need a teacher to monitor the large sandbox we built over on Madison Street.

Paul Hamer
Oak Park

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