We have always thought that there should be some semblance of real facts in political mailings and even in negative advertising.
Of course, we all now expect negative advertising. However, the continued barrage of negative advertising from the Democratic Party on behalf of Carol Sente is neither logical nor factually correct. As the Chicago Tribune pointed out in its recent editorial, the mail piece now out and stating that Carol Sente will defend Medicare and Social Security would be laughable, if this were not serious business. Similar mail pieces, put out for Sente and other Democratic candidates and funded by the Democratic Party of Illinois, claim local Republican candidates “are leading the charge to cut Social Security and Medicare.”
“These are candidates for the Illinois Legislature. They have absolutely nothing to do with Social Security and Medicare,” the Sept. 30 editorial stated. “How often do state House members vote on Social Security and Medicare? Never.”
Medicare and Social Security are strictly federal issues and there is no power residing in the General Assembly to either cut or not cut these programs.
The second mail piece that we received attempted to blame state Rep. Sid Mathias, Sente's opponent, for higher real estate taxes. Well, we checked the legislation cited and it did not raise real estate taxes at all! What it did was give local school boards, where deemed locally feasible and helpful, the ability via a “front-door referendum” to consolidate with other school districts.
On the other hand, Carol Sente is in favor of forced consolidation of school districts directed by Springfield and without local input.
These are just two examples of the Sente mail campaign in this election that conveniently rearranges the truth.
Our vote is for Sid Mathias - honest, truthful and hard-working for our community.
Debbie and Joel Brodsky