Legion shouldn't play politics over property dispute

Posted: Mar. 2, 2018 9:00 am

To The Herald-Whig:

I read the recent letter to the editor from the American Legion Post 37 in Quincy, which called for Congress to "put politics aside" and help the Legion reacquire one acre of property that it had essentially donated to the federal government in 1956.

It's a shame the Legion didn't include the necessary clause in the original deed to reobtain the land, but it's unfair to point fingers at U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth for not settling a contract dispute from 60 years ago. And it's important that taxpayers receive fair market value for the land and that the community has the ability to redevelop it.

If the Legion wants to play politics by blaming the senators, then where is the special legislation from U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood that the Legion referred to?

With all that's happening in Quincy today, I think the Legion should be more concerned about Legionnaires' disease outbreaks in our Veterans Home that have killed 13 people since 2015. Another four residents at the home were sickened so far this year.

As a veteran, I can attest that Durbin and Duckworth are fierce advocates for our service members and veterans where it matters, making sure that they and their families have access to quality care and the benefits they've earned.


Verne Hagstrom

Lieutenant commander

U.S. Navy (retired)