Letters: Anahi Soto Goes to Washington | This Is Politics, Or Is It?

Letter to the Editor

Sunday, April 30, 2017 || LETTERS || @maywoodnews

My experience at the National League of Cities Conference

The Maywood Youth Council has once again made their appearance in the National League of Cities Conference in Washington D.C., which was held from March 11 to March 15.  Keyanna Turner and myself, who are both sophomores from Proviso East High School;  Jeramia Sowell, a junior at Proviso East; John Michael  Dawson, a junior at Proviso Math and Science Academy; and Reena Murphy, a senior at Walter Lutheran Christian Academy.

We are five brilliant students with impressive GPAs well above 3.0 and a desire to improve their beloved village. Trustee Isiah Brandon took on the responsibility to bring us to Washington D.C. yet again in hopes that more resources could be utilized. 

This year, the conference events taught us about the importance of networking. Many of us received contact information from people like Scot Carter, the chief of the Department of Agriculture; Star Wilbraham, a small business analyst; and Diane Delaware, the mayor of Yazoo, Mississippi.

Upon our arrival to the conference, we went through workshops that gave us a foundation for future networking. We also attended congressional meetings on issues like clean water preservation.

We also learned how lobbyists lobby, how policies function and how to be leaders. For instance, at one workshop, we had to write a policy that implemented a plan to give an area free internet. During these meetings, we were conversation-starts and deep-thinking participants.

As a returning member of the council, I was very impressed by these individuals who knew that they attended this conference with a greater purpose: to make Maywood prosper — and not just for themselves.

I want to thank everyone who made this available to the youth: the trustees, the mayor, the teachers and the residents of our fine village. We’ve done well as community members to raise such open-minded individuals.  The village of the eternal flame shines on!

— Anahi Soto, Proviso East High School sophomore

This is politics, or is it?

Right on the brink of the recent Maywood, IL mayoral April 4th, 2017 election, voting citizens observed a duplication of two candidates’ names, titles and photographs on the Palm Cards of opposing slates. Naturally, we wonder, ‘how can this even happen?’

When then candidate, then mayor, now Mayor Elect, Madam Edwenna Perkins was approached regarding integrity and morality, unfair campaign practices, ethics, personal principles and the like, she coldly and flatly responded, “THIS IS POLITICS.”

Since then, charges regarding these self-same concerns have been leveled against Madam Mayor Elect Perkins, along with her counterpart, re-elected Village Clerk, Viola Mims, with respect to violations stemming from blatant disregard for legislation instituted by the Illinois State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, 5 ILCS 430/5-15. The Village of Maywood has adopted the prohibited political activities provisions of the Act, as required by law.

This, is politics.

— Fern Rayon, Freelancer, FERNsWORKs

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3 thoughts on “Letters: Anahi Soto Goes to Washington | This Is Politics, Or Is It?

  1. Good article about Anahi Soto’s experience in going to Washington, D.C. Once again, major props to Trustee Isiah Brandon for have so much energy and fresh air in leading in the village of Maywood. I have been following Soto’s success as a student at Proviso East. She has a good future ahead of her!

    To Fern Rayon: I am not surprised about voting citizens observing a duplication of two candidates’ names, titles and photographs on the Palm Cards of opposing slates. It is not only just politics, it is called shady politics that have made the village of Maywood in the rock bottom. It’s disturbing that 2,000+ residents in the Maywood, with the population of 16,000+ voted during the mayoral election.

  2. All right, children, let’s stop this petty arguing!

    Illinois State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, 5 ILCS 430/5-15 covers State of Illinois officials and State of Illinois employees. Where does it say ANYTHING about local, non-State officials and non-State employees, i.e., our Village administration falling under this Ethics Act? And Maywood is home rule (which I’d like to see end, personally).

    There is also a directive from Cook County Clerk, David Orr’s office that states that people who are passing out election material at Maywood polling locations stay 500 feet from the door of the polling place; every election I vote in I get accosted by creepy looking men, smelling strongly of booze, trying to shove Yarbrough or Dorris slate cards at me, and being really pushy and threatening. This has happened election after election and no one does anything to stop it.

    I really don’t think duplication of candidates on palm cards matters a whole hell of a lot. I do think getting met at a polling place door by a bunch of goons who block my way in and tell me who to vote for matters a whole lot. In the end, the voters have spoken and who won the election is now Mayor-elect. Let’s just all try to make Maywood a better place to live and move on.

    1. THE MAYWOOD WATCHER: I agree. Even when I attended the mayoral forum at the Maywood Public Library, the candidates was not making no sense, and not giving the citizens a direct answer when it came to accountability and being a true leader of moving the village forward. Neither Yarbrough, Sr. or Antoinette Dorris wasn’t making any sense. Also, Dr. Mary “May” Larry, Ph.D was just yelling like she was at a church preaching to the audience.

      Like I said, it is up to the community and citizens that want to make the village of Maywood move forward and be a better place to live.

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