Letters: Respect our heroes
February 11, 2013 8:08PM
Updated: March 13, 2013 6:04AM
With the growth of Romeoville, many changes have occurred. All are good.
One significant change is the demolished “gentlemen’s club.” In previous years, this club was owned by “Crazy Wally,” a man who helped anyone in need. He always gave a large donation at Christmas to our Golden Agers. With this kind of character, I am confident he also gave to other worthy causes. He owned a beautiful white and gold motorcycle that I was privileged to see outside the funeral home the day of his memorial.
Romeoville is in dire need of two American Legion buildings at this location. Our wounded and homeless warriors deserve this. One of the buildings would be a hall for veterans to meet, and to rent out.
The second building would be a home for veterans and their families.
Romeoville proudly gives families a blue star banner for their service and gold star banners for the deceased, and constructed a memorial park dedicated to our veterans. The names of veterans are inscribed on bricks.
We now have a vibrant American Legion with dedicated members such as Art and Chris and many others. This American Legion was started up in 2008. The past legion had disbanded. The members had to meet at the firehouse and other locations.
They do need financial and community support. This much-needed effort strengthens communities, empowers people and provides solutions to social problems.
Our veterans deserve all Americans to work together to give our heroes a place they can call home. The veterans of Romeoville may be wounded and homeless, but never forgotten. Our village will take up the torch and follow through.
Shirlee J. Pergler
People need real change
The election on Feb. 26 is a very important one, and I need your help. I was present at a forum at Rich Central High School. The outcome was the same. The five candidates: Hutchinson, Halverson, Kelly, Beal and Fenton were present, but the real democratic candidate was not allowed to speak at this forum. Why?
I don’t have that answer. I do believe in Anthony Williams for the democratic nomination for the second congressional seat. Mr. Williams is a sincere gentleman, who wants to keep our farming area rural.
I asked Mr. Fenton about the airport, but it was non-committed to this topic. The other four were all pro-airport.
Shut this nightmare down! Let us move on. Give the people their land back. Mr. Williams wants to create a committee to use what’s already here, Gary Airport. No talks about the millions in funds paid to it by the city of Chicago.
Who will fund this third airport, Canadian-backed business? The state of Illinois is broke, so it can’t. How about jobs — people from Ottawa or Edmonton working in Peotone. Where will the water come from?
Let’s get real. We the people need real change, and Mr. Williams is the one for the job. Please, first and foremost, vote on Feb. 26, and choose Anthony Williams, our democratic nominee. Independents and republicans, you can also choose a democrat.