Naperville councilwoman Becky Anderson is doubling down on her quest to “remind people who we are”, as if the fine folks of Naperville have forgotten and need to be reminded. It sounds a bit condescending. These are some of the same folks who voted for Anderson in the last election.
Anderson barely beat councilwoman Judy Brodhead for a four-year term. A mere 570 votes less and Anderson would be running in the April 4th election, while Brodhead would be watching re-runs of ‘Let’s Make A Deal’ on T.V. One has to wonder how Anderson was elected if she has such a low level of confidence in Naperville voters since they have to be “reminded” that we welcome others to Naperville. Could it be that her election to the council was influenced by the Russians. Granted it’s unlikely, but it’s possible. Maybe an investigation is in order.
Watchdog decided to initiate the investigation by heading to Anderson’s Book Store in downtown Naperville to see what I could find. The first thing I couldn’t find was a parking spot. I thought it was my lucky day when I noticed a open spot directly in front of the store. As my excitement was building to pull in, another car coming from the opposite direction made a spectacular move by backing into the open spot, not an easy thing to do considering it’s diagonal parking. My disappointment was only exceeded by the creative genius of the other driver’s amazing maneuver of backing in.
After finally finding a place to park, I walked into the book shop and to my amazement the first book I saw, which was also the closest book to entrance less than eight feet from the front door, was “A Gentleman In Moscow” by Amor Towles. Was this the smoking gun. Why would a book regarding Russia be so prominently displayed? Needing more evidence I asked the friendly and efficient clerk if there were any other books about Russia in the store. The answer was a resounding ‘yes’. Even more amazing, was the fact they were in three separate parts of the store. Books on Kazakhstan, Tajikstan, and Uzbekistan are all in one location, but Russia has multiple locations in the store. Is that the link between Anderson and Russia and the results of the last municipal election? Maybe not, but then again, maybe so.
Anderson’s passion is lukewarm for most issues, other than her desperate and shameless attempt to be relevant by making an issue of a non-issue, by reminding us we are a ‘Welcoming City’. Her only other spark of passion involves taxation of on-line purchases, including Amazon.
Which brings us to a point where Anderson’s ‘Welcoming City’ quest, and Amazon converge. Amazon has a brilliant plan to launch a chain of 300 to 400 physical, brick and mortar stores, with the Lakeview area of Chicago being one of the first. It’s only a matter of time before Amazon proudly opens a store-front in downtown Naperville. The question is, will Anderson still be pushing for Naperville to be a ‘Welcoming city’ by welcoming Amazon?