Letters to the Editor on Chicago Tribune Endorsements

Letter to the Editor

Baseless endorsement

To the editor: Your endorsement of Gov. Bruce Rauner was missing only one thing: any accomplishment of Rauner. That you don’t like J.B. Pritzker is evident, and your outline of him is common for the Tribune editorial endorsements — whatever might cut into the private sector is bad for Illinois.

However, being against someone isn’t the same as endorsing his opponent. Your lack of citing anything positive that Rauner has done as governor was blatantly obvious. Rauner’s lack of accomplishment and his disdain for the people of Illinois shows that he’s definitely not the person Illinois needs. Pritzker is.

— Howard Katz, Batavia

An unresponsive representative

To the editor: Your endorsement of Republican Rep. Peter Roskam for re-election in the 6th Congressional District goes against the Tribune’s dedication to a balanced budget. Roskam’s support for the Trump tax plan will add billions more to the already ballooning federal debt. Your editorial staff is constantly writing about governmental debt and how no one is addressing it.

Likewise, Roskam’s support for the easing of federal regulations is already adding more carbon to the air and more harmful chemicals to our water by some accounts. It adds to our extreme climate change (take a look at your weather section), which has resulted in more vicious hurricanes and flooding this season.

As a representative, Roskam has been unavailable. He has scorned town hall meetings and the League of Women Voters by refusing to meet with these groups in person. This attitude represents his arrogance, complacency and disregard for the people. Your support for him does the same.

— Jan Goldberg, Riverside

Blind support

To the editor: As a longtime subscriber, I have been very disturbed by your Editorial Board’s steady drift to the far right and total lack of objectivity in that regard.

But your endorsement of the totally incompetent governorship of Bruce Rauner now confirms the fact that you have lost any sense of fairness or journalistic integrity in that regard.

Your latest endorsement of Rep. Peter Roskam just confirms the fact. His blind support of a morally bankrupt Trump presidency would normally be enough for me to support his opponent, Sean Casten. But Roskam’s support of the Republican tax scam will adversely affect Illinois and Roskam’s own district, which are highly dependent on real estate investments and property tax revenue.

As to the upcoming elections, I believe even the most undecided of Illinois voters will not be swayed to vote for four more years of incompetent leadership under Rauner. Regarding Roskam and his worthy opponent, Casten, I and my fellow Democrats will be working with our last ounce of strength to defeat Roskam and the Tribune’s far-right agenda, which would irreparably damage Illinois.

— Ken Kramer, Glen Ellyn

 

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