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Vote for Candidate Who Welcomes the Truth

August 21, 1994

* John Schwada's Aug. 13 article on our congressional candidate's research of public records highlights an ironic situation.

In the same week that Rich Sybert was releasing his records to the public, Tony Beilenson was voting to block the Freedom of Information Act from applying to offices of the legislative branch (the Congressional Accountability Act of 1994, Aug. 9). Of course, on that same day Beilenson also voted to maintain the exemption of Congress from public laws (which apply to everyone else), and he voted to exempt Congress from any health care reform bill that is passed by Congress.

And in refusing to debate until mid-October, Beilenson has stated "earlier debates would be pointless because voters won't focus on the election until the final weeks." But if we are so uninterested, how would Beilenson explain his barrage of franked mail pieces--203,000 taxpayer dollars' worth in the last 12 months--if he thinks we don't want to hear the real issues discussed?

This November, let's vote for someone willing to bring us the truth and someone able to refuse special treatment.

DOUGLAS A. HEWITSON

Oak Park

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