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Charles Burdick

Charles Burdick

Through life’s long journey we witness along the way a lot of events, happenings and amazing things. Some of these are good and some are bad. At almost 85 years of age, the most disgusting thing I have witnessed as a lifelong citizen of Illinois is some of the results from the past two-year budget debacle seen in Springfield.

After our lawmakers finally passed a document they called a budget, a holdup of funding of schools has become an issue. We now have a crisis of schools not being able to open, and some that can will not be able to sustain that opening if money is not soon forthcoming.

Idiots, infidels, stupid, reckless — those are just a few words that I can instantly think of that might fit this situation. How did these people ever get into office? As you probably already know, we voted for them.

It seems that modern day politicians have forgotten that they work for the people and serve their constituents, those that put them there. This is not a game-playing event as it seems they have made it. At election time, we must remind them that we the people whom they work for are tired of their reckless behavior and vote them out. Forget the words "Democrat" or "Republican" — both act the same.

It is very frightening to think that if these people had to make life-threatening decisions how they would handle such an event. In state government, I don’t think they would have to. If for some reason this would occur before we can vote them out, God help us. As citizens of Illinois, we must remember at election time which politician did what. It will be hard to find many on the non-playing game side.

I am in a sickening and disgusting mode as I can’t believe that the great state of Illinois has sunk to such a low level as we now see it in. How could those yokels in Springfield let this happen? The lousiest kind of politics must have come into play for us to sink to this present low level.

With all the stupidity shown in the past couple years and the failure to pass a budget, it would seem that the politicians would recognize the dangerous path they were putting the state on. Was it caused from egotism? Maybe, but I will always wonder how this could happen.

I believe that we have better days ahead and will eventually overcome this great tragedy that we now face. I may not be around to see it. The younger generation will pay a great price for the bungling of those entrusted politician that miserably failed us. 

One thing I know for sure: The game playing must end, recess is over.

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Charles F. Burdick is a lifelong resident of Grand Tower. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and then went on to a 42-year Maritime career including 35 years as Master Pilot. He has been retired for 23 years and enjoys local history and writing poetry.

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