Garvey passes buck to former manager

I read with disinterest President Michael Garvey’s response (“Administration working to improve Code Dept.” Letters, July 12) to my letter in the Landmark. I guess I got the mayor all revved up with his thousand word novel-like reply.

He did not address the issues. He passed the buck, as usual, to former Manager Dave Owen. Dave got the job done single-handedly. He may not have been the best guy for the job, but he was the right guy for the job.

When the PEP Party took over control of the village business, our debt burden was quite low. Now Garvey and his crew have greatly increased that with a kaleidoscope of multi-spending plans … and a quite spectacular list of extravagant salaries. And now we’ll be paying for the new water meters, which was sliced down to minimum payments to make us feel better. LaGrange Park installed new meters at no charge to their residents.

Many residents are concerned about the spending down of our surplus in the village. It appears as though President Garvey is looking for “dings” in the last administration to justify what makes him happy “spending.”

Maybe I’m wrong and maybe some people think I’m picking on him, but remember-where the money goes, so goes Brookfield. …

So, I ask Mr. Garvey to please don’t speak unless you can improve on your silence. If you know what you are talking about, it only takes a few words.

Jane Harps
Brookfield

Residents not as stupid as VIP thinks

Does the VIP Party think people are stupid and naive? Obviously they must. In the July 26 edition of the Landmark, Bill Russ has a letter to Mike Garvey about poor Dave Owen (“Russ to Garvey: Less talk, more action please”). …

Dave Owen was a good manager-excuse me while I vomit. Dave Owen did nothing, and I mean nothing, without Bill Russ telling him what to do.

Dave Owen was paid $90,000 a year … He also got a village car to drive to and from work. Mind you, he lives in South Chicago Heights, that is quite a distance. …

Did Dave know the job as village manager? No. Could Dave write an ordinance or a motion sheet? No. Did Dave know how to put an agenda together? No. Dave was in no way remotely suited for the job. …

The only qualification Dave Owen had for the job as village manager is that if Bill Russ stopped too fast, Dave Owen would become part of Bill Russ. …

Stop the insanity, VIP. There are people in the village who know what you did. It is not going to go away.

Michele Catanzaro
Brookfield

Michele Catanzaro served as assistant to the village manager in Brookfield under Dave Owen.

Speaking out isn’t backseat driving

There has been a series of letters to the editor about the Iraq war and the right of free speech. After the article in the July 26 edition (“Modern U.S. is not the same as prewar Germany,” Letters), it’s time for me to join.

Much of the letter was so egregiously and factually incorrect that it doesn’t merit any response. I am a military veteran (who served a tour in Iraq), and found the comments about the president “using our country’s very best braintrust” amusing, but misguided.

But the writer also talked about patriotism, free speech and the right to protest the war, then immediately noted that people who do are “backseat drivers” and further criticized them. I assume this was only because what they had to say goes against her personal political agenda.

The framers of our Constitution gave us the First Amendment, promising us the right to free speech. They did not impose any wartime restrictions on this right. Citizens in a democracy have not only a right, but an obligation to use their constitutional right to free speech when they see that the leadership is not making good decisions.

When our elected officials act poorly, it’s time for citizens with the wisdom and courage to speak up and challenge these “leaders.” This is especially true in a time of war, and the days leading up to a war.

We should never follow the “leaders” like a group of lemmings and remain silent, no matter what. This is America. Expressing disagreement with those who we elect to represent us in public office is patriotic. Following blindly and criticizing people for using their right to free speech is not.

Dale Glowacki
Brookfield

Criticism of Bush not disrespectful

This is in response to letter writer Marion Pierson (“Modern U.S. is not the same as prewar Germany,” Letters, July 26). The writer opines that citizens are not “in the know,” and that we should allow those who are make their decisions.

Have you ever heard George Bush speak? Do you really feel comfortable letting him make decisions for you?

Here is what the well informed know:

Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. If so, why didn’t they use them?

Iraq was a secular dictatorship and is now an Islamic republic, not exactly an improvement.

We did not liberate the people of Iraq, unless you consider the death toll of civilians a liberation …

Iran is thrilled that the U.S. has unleashed the Shiites in Iraq.

If you want to compare the occupation of Iraq to World War II, then why have they given tax breaks to the upper 1 percent, unprecedented during a time of war.

Why are we not asked to sacrifice (i.e. rationing, implementation of the draft).

And while we’re at it, where are the huge lines of people waiting to sign up for duty? …

Finally, my criticism of President Bush is not disrespectful. It is my duty as a concerned citizen and one who respects the constitution.

Bonnie Helms
Brookfield