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Michael Kleen better choice for mayor

March 13, 2013

For the past two mayoral elections, I voted for a mayor who, in my wistful world, I believed would walk-the-walk, not just talk-the-talk. Is that an unrealistic expectation in a politician? Perhaps, but that is the hope I had in Mr. Morrissey, and I struggle to find that hope in him again.

For the past eight years, the Forest City is steadily losing its majesty as our crime rate has climbed to among the highest in the nation. Criminals who once only assaulted us in the cloak of darkness have become brazen and bold — grabbing purses right off our shoulders in broad daylight and invading our lunch with guns pointed at terrified cashiers. Yes, it has gotten way too dangerous in our city, and in the words of Sam Cooke, “A change is gonna come.”

For me, that change is gonna come in Michael Kleen. If elected, Mr. Kleen has promised to tackle crime head-on, and I want to give him a chance to do that. I like my purse, I want to keep it!

Diane Wakeley
Rockford

From the March 13-19, 2013, issue

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