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Wednesday, December 17, 2008 Trenton Sun Page 5 - Opinion ........ iii!!!i !!!iZ!!i !i!i!ii!ii!iiii!i!i!ii i $21 $40 per per PHONE (618) 224-9422 FAX (618) 224-2646 email: mike Michael L. Conley, Editor 8 Publisher THE TRENTON SUN iS published weekly by Michael L. and L. Sybil Conley 15 West Broadway. Trenton, IL 62293 Subscriptions paid in advance: year, $35 per year outside Clinton County year outside the U.S. Newsstand copies 50 ESTABLISHED IN 1880 ENTERED AT THE TRENTON. IL POST OFFICE AS A PERIODICAL (USPS 638-200) Pos' master: Send address changes to The Trenton Sun, P.O. Box 118, Trenton, IL 82293 A$SOC:IA'rlON ASSOO411~ ! M I I ! ")008 When I was eighteen years old, I parent around, nor .................... ~I on his career. But and row after row of housing stock. couldn't wait to get out of Trenton, and the best husband or / ...... \ his whole life is laidIt seems like a pleasant enough place escape small towns forever. As a mili- son. I'm not the best :' :' out in front of him, to live, but it is decidedly not my style tary family, we lived several places as I small-town newspaper / less an experience of anymore. I guess that's what I mean was growing up: Baton Rouge, Louisi- publisher there is, nor : :~.~:::~)~:,I:::::~ anticipation than of about letting life happen to me. The ana; College Station, Texas; Sioux City, the finest community wonder, fact that I've always lived in small Iowa; Upper Marlboro, Maryland; and servant. ) I was most towns may not have been what I had finally Trenton, Illinois. But I have no struck my sense of in mind for myself 30 years ago, but Trenton, I suppose, was the smallest regrets, because I'm unease in a setting it's the best thing for me. In spite of my of all of them, but it still dwarfs the enough of all of those that is considerably unfocused, teenaged ambitions, a force little Louisiana town where I was born, things. And how much more metropolitan not of my own making put me where I Merryville, population somewhere more of anything .................... than Trenton. Now, needed to be. south of 1,000, I'm guessing, does one need than Cincinnati isn't ex- In keeping with my laissez faire ap- My expectations exceeded my abili- enough? actly Paris or London, preach to life, there aren't any guaran- ties, apparently, because I never really My only nephew grad- and their family in facttees that I'll always be in a small town, did "escape" small towns. Once I moved uated this past weekend lives in Monroe, fifteenbut I have,hard time imagining other- out of my parents' home, I added New-from the University or twenty minutes north wise. berry, Florence, and Walterboro, South of Cincinnati, and my of Cincinnati proper, I'm old enough that I still think of Carolina to the list before returning to daughters and I accom- Mike Conley but it was congested John Mellencamp as Johnny Cougar, Trenton. panied my mother out enough to begin to press but by either name he captured the al- I've never been real big on goals there for the ceremony, down on me by our thirdlure of small towns in one of his songs, or achievement. In a lot of ways, I've My sister Kay, her husband Don, and day there, the last verse of which is this: never really put much effort into mak-nephew Chase have lived near Cinci- The difference in the area from when Well I was born in a small town, ing my life turn out one way or another, natti for nearly 20 years now. they first moved there and today is And I can breathe in a small town It's sort of contradictory to the values We enjoyed visiting with them, and I fairly stark. The town where they live Gonna die in this small town we are taught, I guess. I've pretty much was especially appreciative of the sense has grown tenfold over the past 20 And that's probably where they'll bury me let life happen to me, and it's workedof expectation Chase must be feeling years as the Cincinnati suburbs have out okay. now. He's not finished with school yet; moved inexorably northward. I'm not the most accomplished per- he plans to pursue his master's and They are surrounded by development: son, nor the wealthiest. 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I am grateful to the people in the com- munities of the Illinois Division who stepped up to help us continue helping our neighbors. The Illinois Division, which serves the counties of St. Clair, Clinton, Mon- roe and Randolph, recently celebrat- ed its annual thank you reception at Bel-Air Bowl in Belleville to recognize those who are strengthening our com- munities through the United Way. Through the combined efforts of local businesses, industries, organized labor and individuals, we raised more than $1.67 million in gifts and pledges. The amount raised by the Illinois Division contributed toward the total $68.4 million raised by the United Way of Greater St. Louis this year. Because of this generosity, more than one mil- lion dollars will be put back into the region each week, enabling the nearly 200 local United Way-supported agen- cies to continue helping people in need. Together, we are helping to build a better and healthier community. Thank you. Tim Slater 2008 Campaign Chair, Illinois Division United Way Not all Illinois politicians corru In response to national criticism of corruption professional local government management, ple; refrain from all political activities which in Illinois politics, city and village managers Thanks to these reforms, today, there are undermine public confidence in professional and administrators released the following literally hundreds of cities, counties, and administrators; and, seek no favor, believing joint statement this week: villages across Illinois that have hired pro- that personal aggrandizement or profit se- fessional managers who are committed to cured by confidential information or by mis- The disturbing news coverage of the last ethical, transparent, and responsive local use of public time is dishonest. several days has centered on Illinois being government. From East Dubuque to Lake Our commitment to unwavering integ- one of the most corrupt states in the nation. County to Carbondale, the professionals who rityiboth in our professional and personal Chicago FBI Chief Robert Grant said "If it manage our cities and counties voluntarily lives--is just one of the many values profes- isn't the most corrupt state in the United agree to abide by a stringently enforced Code sional local government managers contrib- States, it's certainly one hell of a competi- of Ethics, established in 1924 by the Interna- ute to the communities they serve. It is about tor." tional City/County Management Association dedication to the highest standards of honor The problem with such broad statements is (ICMA). and integrity in all public and personal mat- that it creates the impression that public of- Notably, the ICMA Code of Ethics requires ters to merit the trust and confidence of those ficials at all levels of government throughout city and county managers to: be dedicated we serve. the state are using their positions for person- to the concepts of effective and democratic Not every elected and appointed official in al gain. local government; be dedicated to the high- the State of Illinois is corrupt. Many are qui- In response to the corruption, greed, and est ideals of honor and integrity in all public etly striving day-by-day to improve the lives graft that plagued U.S. government in the and personal relationships; recognize that of the millions of citizens of Illinois and to early 1900s, reformers developed the coun- the chief function of local government at all serve the people of our state with honesty cil-manager structure of government and times is to serve the best interests of all peo- and integrity. ,) 1 t