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Opinion: Letters To The Editor

February 6th, 2018 3:32 PM

After reading the Jan. 31 viewpoint "Carjacking's residual victims" [Viewpoints]. I would just like to ask where we can find any facts upon which she bases her statements.  Facts would be helpful as a first step in considering her "question to the community" in order to take part in any reasonable discussions that she advocates.  

After insinuating that our police are engaged in false arrests and beatings, her statements lead one to conclude that we have a corrupt village government and its residents are stupid or racists.

I see Oak Park police officers who appear to be "black/brown." Actually, I seem to recall that our last Chief of Police was an African American who spent his career serving the Oak Park community. I also know of a beat officer who is an African American woman. Is the writer insinuating that they promote or even condone murders, beatings, and false arrests in their attempt to protect "white people"?

 Seriously, folks, is this any way to start a discourse? For my part, leave me out.  Maybe the writer can find another community to insult with her claptrap, preferably one she lives in.

William Keefe

Oak Park

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  • Bruce Kline (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: February 7th, 2018 7:32 PM

    Well put. Agree 100%. Claptrap indeed.

  • Tom MacMillan from Oak Park (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: February 7th, 2018 4:18 PM

    I also thought it was really unfair to the local police, as it speculated about them doing bad things that have never been done by them. Then it attacks the citizens of our town. But people in Oak Park know their neighbors, so the idea of someone getting shot by a neighbor while merely walking through the alley seemed like a real stretch -- another thing that has never happened here. Why even print hateful stuff like that? I thought hate had no home here.

  • Brian Slowiak (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: February 7th, 2018 2:33 PM

    Very well put, Mr. Keefe. If I may add, the author offered nothing but her words, none of her action on the issue. Thank you, Mr. Keefe.

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