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To the editors:

Last week's cover story [February 16] asked, "Why is this man running?" You could have saved a lot of space by just asking me. Here is why:

Early on I learned the values of community and responsibility. I'm not sure why I feel this so deeply. But I know my family was and continues to be a big influence. So do my friends. And I think much of what drives me comes from my Jewish heritage, and its tradition of Tsdakah.

I wish I had the confidence that Ben Joravsky attributed to me in his article. If I did I might not worry so much about things like education and the environment. But I don't have a sense that these problems are being taken care of by people in government, I don't have a sense that the children I hope to have will be able to live in a better world than this one. On the contrary, I worry about it.

Sid Yates has been in Congress since 1948. He has made his contribution. But time and the nature of the challenges we face change. It is not enough any more to set aside park land and call it environmentalism. It is not enough any more to vote for school desegregation money and call it education reform. It is not enough to raise taxes to fund federal bureaucracies and call it responsive.

I believe that we must hold each other accountable for the path this government takes. Very few people in this country believe that Congress is a force for positive change. But even fewer are willing to do anything about it. I am.

Still, I can't pretend that I am campaigning just out of a commitment to taking our government back. I love talking with people. Listening to seniors talk about the environment or workers talking about taxes is something that I enjoy. That may not be anyone else's idea of fun, but I don't think anyone should be in government who can't love the commitment, however small, of every neighbor who thinks this great nation can be better.

Edwin Eisendrath

N. Clybourn


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