I realize I am making my views known a week or two after the Riverside Community Caucus executive committee voiced their opinion on the comments made in the Kosey Corner column of the Landmark. While I don’t always agree with the comments made in the “KK” column, I do feel that the author was correct and the caucus wrong.
RCC comment No. 1, regarding vetting of candidates: We have lived in this town for 48 years and if memory serves me correctly, the RCC has always chosen the candidates. Three empty seats, they choose three people to run. Opposing candidates don’t exist because over time it has been proved that you can’t win against the RCC pick.
Only twice in the 48 years has anyone had the intestinal fortitude to run on their own. Once a write-in candidate won, which was a miracle, since write-in candidates don’t usually win and the second time was when the village government wanted to institute a major change in the downtown area. Those running on their own did win, but it was a one-off situation.
RCC comment No. 2, regarding the Nominating Committee vs. Recruiting Committee: It still boils down to a small group of people deciding our governing body. The committee supposedly promoted a search by word of mouth, social media, and the Landmark.
Word of mouth — who do you tell? Social media — what about the people who do not subscribe to social media (yours truly included). Using the Landmark is probably the only legitimate method of communication.
RCC comment No. 3, regarding membership. This I find to be the most troubling as this rule is very much like a poll tax of so many years ago. You need to pay to vote? This brings up two questions. What does the RCC do with the money? Is it going to pay off state of Illinois fines for poor management of not following the rules that occurred a few years ago? Why should I pay for the privilege of voting for or against someone who is to govern me? Yes, I did pay my $31 to join, but I joined in October so I couldn’t vote on the group of seven.
I believe that the RCC continues its existence because people don’t want to discuss politics, and the RCC method lets them kick the can down the street and not have meaningful discussion.
Paul Marhoul, Riverside