One of the biggest problems for our government is its plutocratic nature. Money speaks, and you have only to look at our nation’s widening wealth disparity to be convinced of the danger of this situation to societal harmony.

So I was appalled to learn that the campaigns of our two candidates for village president combined to spend about $100,000 on the recent elections (this by their own verbal reports on a Zoom event). I am not the first to wonder how useful this money could have been for spending on the striking needs of our community’s disadvantaged. Should we not consider capping campaign expenditures, say at $5,000?

James Whalen, Oak Park

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