Chicago-Pipeline, in the coming weeks, encourages readers, community members, and candidates to write in with their thoughts, if any, on the contenders in the March 20, 2012 primary and the issues at hand. At least one week before the election we will do our best to put together a piece aggregating everything we’ve posted content-wise, as well as from other sites. Volunteers wishing to assist with this task are most welcome to join us. Thanks to Nick Pryzbyciel, a Northwestern student who attended this BCO Candidate Forum and reported on the “bottom ballot” judge candidates. Thanks also to Daniel Gerzinga who wrote about Anne Shaw and expressed his views.
We received an email from Ronda Locke today regarding Anne Shaw’s post, which we’d solicited from Shaw for inclusion in the weekly Pipeline e-newsletter as a result of a comment thread on the Wicker Park Committee’s Facebook Page between myself, Shaw, and Joe Lake. We considered Shaw’s writings to be an “Opinion-Editorial,” though perhaps we need to find a better word for this type of post? Any ideas? We then let Ronda know that she is welcome to respond to Shaw’s post here, as well as submit a bio for herself. Ronda’s “Opinion-Editorial” and bio is as follows:
I am writing as someone that has been an active community member in the East Village Neighborhood for seven years and not as someone that works for Alderman Moreno, which I have for the last 18 months.
I was very concerned about the op ed piece by Anne Shaw in the recent Pipeline. Most concerning is her contention that the Alderman’s message on the Free Green Cans are political. If you look at the cans, which are very visible in the Huffington Post piece, you will clearly see that it says nothing about voting or committeeman.
Secondly, Anne is running on a platform of safety, but the committeeman has nothing to do with safety. And in the last four years, neither my predecessor nor myself has seen her at any CAPS meetings.
Anne refers to herself as being active in the East Village community. Serving the community is something I GREATLY appreciate and respect. Now granted my seven years as a community activist have been a bit more kid focused; parks, schools, peer jury, East Village Board member… but I can’t help but wonder how our paths did not cross until the closing of the 13th district and at a political gathering for women who have been groomed for future political office.
I am a personal proponent of the Free Green Cans mostly because it makes recycling easily accessible on the street and because the garbage actually is managed and not overflowing. Every time a city employee touches a garbage can – it costs the city nearly $7 and with the Free Green Cans it costs me, as a tax payer, nothing. Some things seem like they should be no brainers.
I have high respect for Alderman Moreno’s pragmatic, get it done approach and I hope that voters will look at the facts as it pertains to the Free Green Can program.
-By Ronda Locke
Ronda Locke resides in the East Village Neighborhood with her husband and two daughters and has been active in the community since moving to the neighborhood seven years ago. She championed and help to renovate Commercial Park Playground, helped to lead the parent organization for the first two years of LaSalle II’s existence, has volunteered for Chicago Police Department’s Peer Jury and sat on the board of East Village Association among other volunteer efforts. All before joining 1st Ward Aldermanic staff 18 months ago.