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posted: 8/5/2012 4:46 AM

Milton Twp. article unfair to Hinkle

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Milton Twp. article unfair to Hinkle

In my opinion, the Page 1 article written by Robert Sanchez is a prime example of "hack journalism" that should be below the standards set by the Daily Herald.

As his title of "Cronyism or a case of sour grapes" suggests, he has no idea where the truth regarding this issues lies. Although the "facts" laid out in his own article strongly suggest that all of the charges are being brought forward by a person who is still suffering from his unsuccessful primary loss, because he did not receive the backing from the leaders of Milton Township that he desired.

Mr. Sanchez gives equal weight to the one side that states that the complaint against Ralph Hinkle was dismissed by the township ethics commission and, after two closed-door township board meetings, a finding of "no wrongdoing" was issued. Against these "facts," Mr. Sanchez gives the remainder of the space in the article to "opinions" and "unsubstantiated charges" by an obviously "unhappy" Adam Andrzejewski.

My wife and I have been members of the CERT Team since 2007. With the support of the officials of Milton Township, Ralph Hinkle has led the effort mentioned in the article to enlist and train over 600 of our neighbors who stand ready to help in any emergency by assisting the first responders.

Just recently, CERT members helped clean up the roadways after the storm. These people assisted when a "micro burst" struck Carol Stream several years ago, and also helped to successfully locate an individual with suicidal tendencies who was about to end her life in a local lake. The CERT Team stands ready to help when the next emergency arrives.

If Mr. Sanchez wants to write about Milton Township and/or Ralph Hinkle, I strongly suggest that there are much more credible topics to address.

Thomas Leimbach

Wheaton

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