Let the people participate without bullying

January 11, 2014 

The Caseyville Township trustee trying to shut up a citizen is really disappointing. If trustees thought they were going to keep everybody happy, all the time, they should not have run for election.

I've been on the receiving end of a Brad Van Hoose brash, opinionated rant. I've also been on the receiving end of appreciation from Van Hoose. Is he intimidating and short-tempered at times? Absolutely. That is his passion.

When we beg people to get involved in their community and we ask people to simply vote and participate in public forums, the response frequently is silence. You never have to beg Van Hoose for his input, his vote, or the job of asking others to vote.

Job well done by St. Clair County Associate Judge Patricia Kievlan.

Phil Elmore

Belleville

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