We appreciate those who don’t make assumptions

July 31, 2018

You know what they say about assumptions.

Veteran Kankakee County Board member Jim Tripp could have made an assumption about how members of the public felt about spending taxpayer money on flowers and savings bonds for employee hospitalizations and funerals or memorials when immediate family members of county officials and employees die.

But Tripp did not assume.

At a recent meeting where a discussion was held about ending the practice, Tripp said he had asked eight or 10 people he was having coffee with about whether the county should give flowers. They all opposed spending public money on such things, which he said surprised him.

Tripp added, “I don’t have a problem with it either way,’’ but at least he sought out other opinions before making the statement.

For the most part, the general public appreciates the efforts of our elected officials. The public appreciates them even more when the lines of communication are open, and, as we all know, communication is a two-way street.

Yes, you can hold town halls and other gatherings for public input. But sometimes you have to exercise the other option and seek the public out. We applaud Tripp and other elected officials who do so.

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