I would like to commend Metra’s workers who keep the trains running in spite of the scandalous conduct of their superiors and the board of directors.

Why such a board is needed is beyond me. With little oversight, board members have run amok these past years. Many take their marching orders from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), while those working the trains from dawn until late at night are the true heroes of Metra. My hat’s off to them.

When will honest men and women be able to serve the public’s interest without engaging in political schemes? How much control does Madigan wield?

How can we call ourselves a democracy when the electorate is under the control of one man?

Vincent Kamin

Chicago

A sound message, especially today

“Now is the time to decide to get into a new spirit of helping one another ... duty toward your community should move you to take a stand. Join hands with your neighbor and pull together ...”

This is an excerpt from the first editorial published in 1917 by the SouthtownStar’s predecessor. I wish it could/would be practiced today. Perhaps if our society wasn’t so very spoiled and entitled, it could be.

Maybe the above sentiment should be stamped on the foreheads of all our politicians who supposedly represent us. You know, the ones who will not work together, the ones who have the best of pensions, the best of medical insurance, etc.

We need to remind them of their duty to their constituents, to work with fellow politicians and to themselves in not being a puppet for the powers that be. Hopefully, those powers won’t “be” much longer.

Barb Cuba

Orland Park