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posted: 3/14/2012 5:32 AM

Don't hold breath on Burns probe

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Regarding Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns's alleged abuse of his city email for campaign communications and a possible "ethics probe," a Geneva Alderman is quoted as saying, "It is not being ignored."

If you believe that then you probably also believe in the tooth fairy. Burns dismisses the abuse charge as an "inadvertent technical glitch." In my opinion, if you believe that you probably also believe in the Easter bunny. Politicians seem to live in a fairyland of self preservation by ignoring the reality of their behavior in order to achieve election in perpetuity.

Trust me, you will not read of this again until the powers-to-be announce, "The charges of abuse are without merit." It all depends on whether the public indignation and media coverage continues in the headlines. Without that they will simply let it fade away and become a footnote in Burns' political career. It is a shame it took an action under the Freedom of Information Act to reveal this situation. However, that is just one man's opinion.

Whatever happened to ethics, integrity and accountability in politics? There is only one solution to this pervasive problem, and that is term limits at all levels of political office, from the townships through county, state, and federal offices, and absolutely including all judges up to and including the Supreme Court.

By limiting their tenure perhaps we can also limit their arrogance and sense of entitlement. How refreshing would that be?

The accusations against Burns seem trivial but are they the harbinger of things to come if he achieves a more powerful political office? As a responsible voter I think I see the handwriting on the wall. It is time to vote for Chris Lauzen.

Steve Thompson

South Elgin

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