Labeling says more about the labeler

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Very well done, Stacey Sheridan, on your thorough and balanced reporting in the wake of the unfortunate episode at the Feb. 3 Oak Park Village Board meeting [Mayor apologizes for trustee's name calling - Elected official calls appointee 'racist' and 'misogynist' at board meeting].

As with any institution, the Oak Park Police Department has room for improvement. The Citizen Police Oversight Committee would benefit from more racial diversity. Getting there won't happen through petulant, irresponsible character assassination, but by respectful discourse and effective interpersonal communication.

I am grateful that we have a mayor who models the civil, reasoned leadership that any functional home, let alone community, should aspire to achieve. Over the course of my life, I have found that name-calling (or, as in this case, much worse) reveals far more about the individual flinging the labels than the person who is being labeled. This is especially true when it is not supported by facts.

Matt Baron

Oak Park

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