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Updated: May 22, 2013 6:52AM



I’m not saying that the proposed third airport near Peotone is cursed, but former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds bragged he would build the airport. He went to the penitentiary.

Gov. George Ryan initiated land purchases for the unapproved project. He went to the penitentiary.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich ordered the demolition of houses at the airport site. He went to the penitentiary.

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. developed a personal obsession with building the airport. He’s on his way to the penitentiary.

Will Jackson’s replacement, Robin Kelly, take the bait?

George Ochsenfeld

President

STAND (Shut This Airport Nightmare Down)

Monee

Trust won’t be betrayed

I would like to thank each and every one of you for coming out on Election Day and supporting me. Your support is overwhelming and humbling. There are those who say a political position brings with it great power. I strongly disagree. I feel it brings great responsibility.

As village clerk of Chicago Ridge, I intend to take that responsibility very seriously and give 110 percent to the position. The taxpayers have entrusted me to look out for their best interest. That trust will not be betrayed. There is much work to be done to bring The Ridge back to the days of greatness. I intend to be there every step of the way.

George Schleyer

Chicago Ridge

COLAs not the answer

Letter writer Bill Fischer should be aware that Social Security would be sustainable if the federal government would replenish the fund with the roughly $3.2 trillion it swiped from it over the decades for pet projects.

Social Security is not an entitlement, but a trust fund supported fully by workers and employers. It also is a perfect example of what happens when we trust the federal government with our money.

The majority of great-grandmothers and grandmothers receiving Social Security are widows of World War II, Korean and Vietnam war veterans — many of them have no other assets left and live well under the poverty level. When they are lucky enough to receive a cost-of-living raise, most of that goes toward the yearly increase in Medicare deductibles.

These are the women who were dedicated to their husbands, children and grandchildren while caring for their elderly parents. They also held part-time jobs and volunteered for churches, the PTA, hospitals and other organizations.

COLAs will never keep up with inflation, when the cost of utilities have more than doubled in the past 10 years along with everything in the marketplace and ever-increasing taxes on everything.

Ruth Williams

Oak Forest



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