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posted: 5/27/2014 5:01 AM

Village leadership fails to understand

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Reading the article about Arlington Heights considering a new marketing plan was almost comical if it wasn't so pathetic. Here we go again, trying to bring business and tax relief to the citizens of Arlington Heights and we have elected officials with their heads in the sand.

Tom Glasgow, you called a branding campaign "amorphous." Another definition of amorphous is "(a group of people or an organization) lacking a clear structure or focus." If you think business and investments are going to come to Arlington Heights because, as you put it, "the town's reputation speaks for itself," than that arrogance has blinded you to the fact that Randhurst, Deer Park and Schaumburg are eating your lunch in economic development.

Trustee LaBedz, I know you're new to the board but being leery of buzzwords like "branding," you would have been better off left unsaid. Take some time to visit with Trustee Sidor and he can explain to you that having a brand strategy is critical to Arlington Heights being economically competitive with other cities.

As a whole, this group of elected officials has failed to hold our taxes down as year-over-year we have increases. Now, for a second time -- yes, this was tried once before, as people far more qualified than you volunteer to bring some sanity and an economic development plan to address the lack of businesses in Arlington Heights, which in turn can bring tax relief to us homeowners -- we hear more of the same from our elected officials.

For all you voters in Arlington Heights, when you see "the term limit guy" at the library, please sign it so we can get people qualified to lead Arlington Heights in more than parties and parades.  

Ron Drake

Arlington Heights

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