Letters to the Editor – February 18, 2008

Ashmore Says Thanks

I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of the voters in the 38th District who supported my candidacy for State Representative. I also want to thank those of you that did not live in the 38th District, but gave their support to my campaign just the same. I will never forget the numerous acts of kindness that you have shown to my family and me before, during and after my campaign.

The key issues facing our region are and will continue to be economic development, school funding and health care reform. I take much pride in the fact that we ran a clean, honest and focused campaign for State Representative and spent time listening to you the constituents on these three major issues rather than resorting to the negative, divisive and personal attacks that my opponent chose to employ in lieu of a solid campaign platform.

As a wife, mother and longtime south suburban resident, I encourage you to hold your elected representatives accountable and pay particular attention to the resources they actually bring or fail to bring back to your respective communities. Once again, thank you for your support and I wish you all Godspeed until we meet again.

Toni T. Ashmore
Matteson

Focus More on Park Forest Schools

I am a past Marian parent who lives in Park Forest. I would like to read about the schools in Park Forest too. I only read about Marian which is in Chicago Heights! I thought this was neighborhood news.

Jewell Hightower
Park Forest

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your letter. Last week’s issue may have seemed like it was a bit much with two front-page stories about Marian Catholic. Marian sends a lot of press releases, and that is where the majority of their content comes from. I thought Friday’s announcement was particularly important. That’s why it ran it as a second story. The release came unexpectedly.

Nevertheless, you are correct. I encourage the local school districts to send more press releases and let us know what is happening in their schools. I’ll be happy to publish their good news.

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