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Updated: March 2, 2013 11:59AM



Once again, Chicago Ald. Ed Burke (14th) seems to know what is best for the lowly, uneducated citizens of Chicago.

His latest quest is to ban highly caffeinated drinks throughout the city. I am so very thankful that Burke is here to save us from ourselves.

I suggest that Burke spend his time on more important issues, such as proposing a cut in the size of our city council from 50 to at most 25 aldermen. Think of the millions we would save the city, which is in financial distress.

William Sullivan

Chicago

Upset by mayors’ attitude

I was reading the Jan. 27 edition of the SouthtownStar, particularly the stories regarding Mayor Welch (Country Club Hills) and his biased electoral board and Mayor Zabrocki (Tinley Park) and his refusal to debate his mayoral challenger.

These stories made me sick. These two guys almost shame the bobblehead politicians in Springfield. I am sure they are big supporters of the Madigan/Cullerton school of dictatorship.

But nothing will change due to the stupidity of those who vote for these same people over and over.

Thank goodness for freedom of the press, which at least brings to light these political shenanigans for those who can read and think for themselves.

Chip Mortell

New Lenox

Voting = term limits

I have one word for those who want term limits for the elected officials in Tinley Park — elections.

Every two years, we are afforded the opportunity to go the polls and vote for our village’s elected officials. That’s a way of imposing term limits.

If you don’t vote, that’s your fault. If you don’t like the job they are doing, vote them out.

Seems to me, we in Tinley Park must be happy with their job performance because they are continually re-elected. We do not need term limits. We need to vote.

Kellie J. Peterson

Tinley Park

Shocking military suicide figure

I read a shocking news article recently on the Pentagon revealing that there were 349 suicides among active-duty military personnel last year. That compares to 295 combat deaths in Afghanistan during 2012.

I know there were suicides during World War II, but at the time I never heard of any. I do know that there weren’t any suicides in my 61st Combat Infantry Battalion, which was a part of General Patton’s Third Army.

With roughly 292,000 U.S. troops killed in combat during World War II, I guess we were so focused on our Japanese and German foes that we didn’t have time to contemplate suicide.

John Rosier

Palos Heights



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