Happy belated Festivus. December 23rd is the celebration of Festivus, which was popularized by the Seinfeld television show and has spread as a secular holiday as well as an alternative to the commercialism of Christmas.
With Festivus in the mirror and Christmas Day just a day away, we wanted to wish all of our readers a belated “Festivus” with the hope that our readers, as well as the haters, will try to act in accordance of the Christmas Season rather than the Festivus Season.
All good Seinfeld fans know that Festivus was celebrated by the Costanza family and featured “feats of strength”, “airing of grievances”, and “Festivus miracles”.
“Airing of Grievances” seems common on Facebook pages but sometimes people go a little too far. In the last few days, candidates have been called “fat pig”, “inept”, “wind sock” and other choice words by some readers or Facebook posters. Mayor Sandra Bury probably didn’t help civil discourse by weighing in with false allegations of corruption that she repeated from her 2013 campaign. She may have dumbed down the conversation even more by referring to the two groups as the “good guys” and “bad guys”.
The country just ended a divisive debate between Presidential candidates. That election saw longtime friends acting so foolishly that they blocked each other on Facebook and in some cases “unfriended” long time friends. You probably should question your sanity if you are one of those people.
There are two candidates for Mayor, the incumbent Sandra Bury, and Trustee Robert Streit. Oak Lawn will also have two candidates running for each of the three districts up for election. Incumbents Alex Olejniczak, Terry Vorderer and Tom Phelan (who served two terms before assuming the role of Bury’s Chief Adviser) have challengers.
The challengers, Glenn Schlesser, John Koss, and Jozettemarie Palermo, are new to politics but not the community. These candidates, like Streit, believe that they can do a better job than the incumbents, who obviously disagree since they filed for re-election.
All of the candidates deserve praise and respect for working to secure a place on the ballot and agreeing to make Oak Lawn a better place. Those candidates are showing amazing “feats of strength” in the true spirit of Festivus.
A poll conducted by Monmouth University found that 70 percent of American voters believed that the Presidential election brought out the worst in people and seven percent reported losing a friend over the election as of October.
In Oak Lawn, people can be the change that they want to see. In other words, be part of the Festivus Miracle this season by listening to the debate but not attacking your friends for their beliefs. When the election is over and your candidates win or lose, you still have to live here in Oak Lawn.
Happy Festivus and Merry Christmas to All.