We need progressive trustees

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I support Tim Thomas in his quest for a role as Oak Park village trustee. In your paper, you noted clearly that Mr. Thomas was the only candidate absent from the small business forum held on March 15. Yes, he was absent from that meeting because he had to be at work and could not afford to miss the income. He notified the organizers two weeks before the meeting that he would not be able to attend. It seems the least that could have been done was to acknowledge why Mr. Thomas was unable to attend and to ask for his comments on the subject of the forum. He doesn't have the luxury of simultaneously running for village trustee and taking time off from his job. For that very reason he will add a different viewpoint to the village board.

I am sorely disappointed in Wednesday Journal. Your endorsement of three candidates for village trustee leaves me cold. None of those candidates holds progressive views and progressive views are what we need. These candidates will just be yes-men and -women for the village president. We need people who are ready to deal with the issues of inequity this villages faces — inequity in housing and in education. We need more than token diversity among our trustees so that all of Oak Park is represented. I am ashamed of the choices made by the Wednesday Journal. You are not upholding the values we strive for in this village.

Carrol Smith 

Oak Park 

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