My mother did not trust politicians.  She felt that they were dishonest and manipulative.  I was surprised to read Online definitions of politicians that included the following: “A person who acts in a manipulative and devious way, typically to gain advancement within an organization; a person engaged in party politics as a profession, often a person primarily interested in political office for selfish or other narrow usually short-sighted reasons.”  Wow.  My mom was certainly not alone in her opinion of politicians.

So, are Evanston politicians/government officials any different than those described above?  Based on the rhetoric/complaints/suits that colored this past 2017 electoral campaign in Evanston, I would have to say, “No.”  And like other cities (Chicago, for example), there are efforts/statements by Evanston politicians/government officials/citizens to say that Evanston is void of (Chicago-like) political shenanigans.  Really?

I have tried really hard not to be consumed by anger caused by the attempts or actions of Evanston politicians/government officials/citizens to cover up or excuse: 1) the lack of appointments to the Board of Ethics; 2) unethical business practices; 3) the granting of liquor licenses to businesses that serve youth or are near youth playgrounds; 4) the inclusion of photos/endorsements of citizens in campaign literature without permission; and 5) prevarications.  The list could go on.  The aforementioned is just the tip of the iceberg as far as actions that are potentially maddening, but as Marvin P. Gaye wrote in his song “Anger,”  “When anger really gets the best of us, we’ve really lost our heads…”  Well, I cannot afford to

Peggy Tarr

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...