By Doug Fields
The Reader’s Editor
Doug Fields here. The candidates have spoken. Our editorial board has spoken. Now it’s our readers’ turn to speak out.
We’ve gotten a lot of letters like this:
To the Editor:
Bolingbrook is great! —Because the residents care. (Insert what you care about in Bolingbrook.) The First Party for Bolingbrook is the only party that says they care. (Insert name of fake Bolingbrook party) has never said that on their literature or in person. (Insert your favorite First Party candidates’ name) inspires me to (add your own comment).
I don’t want to attack but (Insert fake candidates’ name) does not support (our great golf club, our wonderful airport, our set list of village vendors)! They do not care. If they cared, they would apologize for forcing (name any member of the FPFB except Mayor Roger Claar) to spend money on campaigning. The First Party for Bolingbrook is (any word except “perfect”), and Bolingbrook First and Bolingbrook United cannot accept that we live in a Utopia!
The Babbler must stop spreading their lies and only tell (“the truth,” “affirming stories,” “stories edited by Patch Mayor Michael Carpanzano”) because we care!
(Insert Name here)
(Insert a Bolingbrook address here)
Got to love astroturf. We have received some original letters supporting each party. This one is for the First Party for Bolingbrook:
To the Editor:
I’m sick of partisanship! Anyone not affiliated with a political party knows that our mayor is a genius. Even this random woman from California is praising me on Facebook! Parties divide us and slow things down. Uniting behind the best leader is the most efficient way to run a village. Roger Claar is the best mayor in Bolingbrook’s history.
Do you know that there’s a Facebook group that doesn’t always praise Roger? All they do is tear people down. It is overrun with stupid partisan liars who would rather tear me down than admit they would be lost without Roger.
The Democrats want to take over Bolingbrook. My message to them is simple: Just shut up and vote for my party! Because it doesn’t matter what you look like, what you wear, or which God you worship. Just as long you support your mayor.
I think this reader is confusing mono-party government with non-partisan government. Local political parties in Bolingbrook date back to the 1970s. We’ve had a long period of single-party rule, which ended in 2017 with the election of Robert Jaskiewicz. Naperville doesn’t have local political parties, and split votes during meetings are common. The last time I checked, Naperville hasn’t descended into chaos.
Here’s a letter from a Bolingbrook United supporter:
To the Editor:
I moved to the suburbs to get away from the Chicago political machine. Imagine my surprise when I realized that I moved into a community with an even worse political machine, run by Roger.
Last week, Roger said Bolingbrook residents like me “want to create a political machine.” Please. Chicago politicians take notes every time he releases his campaign’s financial statements because they are in awe of what he gets away with.
I’m voting for Bolingbrook United because someone needs to keep Roger in check, and it won’t be his handpicked candidates. Sure they talk about fiscal responsibility, but let’s get real. If Roger suddenly decided that the village needed to build the world’s tallest skyscraper, and he was going to take out bonds to fund it, would all the First Party candidates vote to stop him?
Jenny Z. Olmstead
Here’s one for Bolingbrook First candidate Maripat Oliver:
To the Editor:
This election is generating interest around the world. Residents as far away as Paris, IL are coming here just to disrupt our meetings. Russian trolls are flooding our social media accounts to incite us into a civil war. They say we only have a choice between two parties.
No, we don’t. The Russians and the Downstaters don’t control me. I’m going to stick with the party that made Bolingbrook great, which is Bolingbrook First. Roger may no longer endorse its candidates, but Roger isn’t Bolingbrook.
This year, I’m voting for Maripat Oliver. Because Maripat is where it is at.
Jed Z. Oliver
There you have it. Now it’s up to you, the residents of Bolingbrook, to decide who you want to represent you in local government. Remember: Anyone can complain about taxes, but voters are the ones who do something about them.
Also in the Babbler:
Werecat accused of aggressive leafleting for Bolingbrook First
Sources: Claar considers hiring Blackwater to replace the police department
Experts say local flu not caused by Martian virus
God to smite Bolingbrook on 4/2/19
Note: This is a work of fiction.