There is everything to be said for educating yourself with an open mind about the political candidates before elections. What do you look for? How do you separate the chaff from the grain? Sometimes it’s difficult, if not impossible. Quantity of words does not equal quality of words (i.e. content). Distortions are rampant, as are outright lies.
In the 1980s, I considered it an honor and privilege to work for, and in the office of, a United States Congressman. It’s a time I’ll always treasure for the unique education it provided and a window into the inner workings of politics — especially campaigns. Soon I was learning what to look for and better able to determine “the good, the bad, and the ugly,” so to speak.
The one candidate in recent years who stands head and shoulders above the rest (literally and figuratively) as the “best of the best” is state Sen. Michael Frerichs. We, in this district, are lucky to have him represent us, and the state of Illinois is the better for it as well.
Sen. Frerichs is a hard-working, dedicated, honest, caring and compassionate person, available to his constituents; and this consistently has been my experience whenever I’ve met with him. If I had to give one short, succinct sentence to sum up Sen. Michael Frerichs, it would be this: “He is a man of integrity.”
Diana D. Schutz
- Letters to the Editor
- Dress code helps students focus Why is there so much fuss over uniforms in school?
- Support Wall on March 18 Editor: On Dec. 14 my friend and her father were on the hunt for a cat/kitten as a Christmas gift for her mother.
- Vote for Wall for judge Vote for Wall for judge Editor: I think Vermilion County voters should know there is truly only one qualified candidate for the position of circuit judge. Her name is Judge Karen Wall. She has received the highest rating of all candidates in an Illin
- Wall is a good judge Wall is a good judge Editor: I ask that you vote for Judge Karen Wall in the Democrat primary election. In 2010, I and the other Circuit Court Judges selected Karen from more than 20 applicants, to serve as an associate judge for Vermilion County. In
- Don't raise taxes again Don't raise taxes again Editor: Here we go again. Danville now wants to charge you if you use the fire department, $150 for the truck and $50 per hour for the firefighters. I wonder if the mayor and aldermen ever look in a mirror and say, "Yep, we mi
- Wall a top-rank judge Wall a top-rank judge Editor: As a former circuit court judge, state's attorney and defense attorney, I have come to know and thereby have been able to evaluate most attorneys in Vermilion County. Judge Karen Wall is, by far, in the top ranks. Judge
- Wall a candidate with integrity Editor: We, as a people in this modern society, are overwhelmed with information, be it important or trivial; for many it takes up their lives in ways some of us cannot even imagine. Facebook and Twitter surround us with the joy and angst of anyone w
- Keep Wall on the bench Keep Wall on the bench Editor: I believe voters have a great choice in the March 18 Democratic primary for resident Circuit Court Judge. Judge Karen Wall is the only candidate of the three Democrats who has judicial experience and the only Democrat r
- Turner a good choice Turner a good choice Editor: It is with much respect for this candidate that I recommend Chad Turner, who is running for the Vermilion County Board's District 5 seat. I have known Chad, professionally and personally, for the last 14 years. Chad is a
- Submit Your Letter!
- More Letters to the Editor Headlines