Crestwood Ward 4 alderman responds to editor’s Call the Tune column

To the editor:

This is a reply to Mike Anthony’s Call the Tune column in last week’s Call on why half of the elected Crestwood Board of Aldermen voted “no” on an issue during the May 24 meeting.

The column described the vote as “politics at play,” “shameful” and “a prime example of political antics,” and the aldermen as “blindly allegiant” and “unwilling to accept” the voters’ mandate.

As one of the serving aldermen labeled above, I am saddened by the use of these terms, yet fully agree with Mike’s right to express frustration over a series of extended Board-of-Aldermen deadlocked issues.

As a retired resident experienced in business and space research, I learned long ago not to take opposing opinions personally.

Nothing is to be gained by generating anger just because someone disagrees with you. Mike, we need to reduce emotions, then define and resolve sticking points on these issues so Crestwood can get back on track.

Jeff Schlink is our elected mayor. He and our aldermen volunteered to serve our city and are accountable to the Crestwood residents who voted them into office. All of us should support these elected representatives — not ridicule them. Remember each resident is free to call the mayor and aldermen or present questions during Board of Aldermen meetings during the period for public comment on the agenda.

Crestwood will again hold elections in April so residents can vote for the aldermen of choice to serve the next three-year term.

John Foote

Crestwood Ward 4 alderman