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Dear Editor:

I noted in your recent article on the IVI-IPO ["Fighting Over Scraps," November 7] that I was erroneously listed among several persons who had quit the group in protest. That is not so.

I believe in the mission of the IVI-IPO. We need a group which can act as a watchdog to the regular parties and define issues to benefit the voters over the insiders. IVI-IPO has had an important role in politics for over 50 years, and while the group is now struggling to redefine itself, I hope it will again become a leader in the battle for political reform. It is premature to give up on this organization which has contributed so much over the years.

David Orr

Cook County Clerk

Member IVI-IPO

Jeffrey Felshman replies:

Ms. Patt says that opinions are welcome and the standing rule does not forbid them. Yet the committee guidelines read, in part, "The committee shall not: a. conduct candidate interviews [and] b. report subjective information such as individual opinions in its written report." The guidelines continue, "All information to be provided by the judicial evaluation committee to the membership shall: 1. be in writing [and] 2. consist solely of objective information." And the committee "shall not report any recommendations to any membership endorsement session." So whose opinions are welcome? Not those of the people on the committee. Sounds fairly restrictive to me, but that's only my opinion.

As for the matter of the endless inaccuracies mentioned by Mr. Mendelson, that's his opinion. The text of Meites's ad reads: "In 23 subcircuit races, IVI-IPO has endorsed 10 candidates who were found either 'not qualified' or 'not recommended'" (emphasis mine). The ad's statement wasn't false, I just didn't quote enough of it.

Ms. Dobry says I avoided revealing that Meites was the "perpetrator"--of what? Of the Currie ballot? Nah, she means the Gierach thing. That's true--I did avoid revealing it. Now I must reveal all. Meites admitted to deleting Gierach's name from the front of the sample ballot. It was a two-sided ballot, so Gierach's name was still on the back. After many complaints, Meites hand-stamped Gierach's name on the front of 3,000 of them. Does anyone feel more edified now?

As far as Ben Joravsky disproving something else that wasn't even mentioned in my article, well, we could go on all day. And we'd still be nowhere.

Finally, David Orr's name wasn't on the July 1997 membership list because he forgot to pay his dues. He didn't quit in protest, and he's paid up now. When I apologized to him, he told me it was no big deal.

Hey, this guy ought to be mayor.

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