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Forum: More public cost for gang subculture

Updated: January 15, 2013 11:49AM



It’s very disturbing to see that along with Chicago’s dubious distinction of being the murder capital of the United States, city police now will be deploying “up to 30 percent of the available police vehicles” in a police district for each gang funeral.

Not only is this a burden on the taxpaying population, it is a bold reflection of the lack of respect for civilized society that the gang subculture represents. Again, the law-abiding citizens will foot the bill to continue to allow this urban terrorism in our society.

When will this change? And what will we do if it doesn’t change? I have lots of questions. Does anyone have any answers?

Michael McCune

Tinley Park

Grateful for help in dog attack

On Nov. 30, I and my dog Stanley were attacked by a 90-pound mastiff “puppy.” The dog knocked me down from behind, bit me several times and then attacked my dog.

This was a terrifying experience, but the response of my neighbors and fellow Woodgate and Creekside citizens, along with the Matteson police, was amazing! One lady stopped and called the police, another lady in an Army uniform pulled alongside me as I lay balled up for my protection in the street and a gentleman got out of his truck with a big stick to chase the dog away. The lady in the van later gave me and my dog a ride home.

I am so grateful to each of these individuals. I wish I knew their names so I could thank each of them. I asked the lady in the van for her name, but I don’t remember what she told me (I was probably in shock).

As a 28-year resident of Matteson, I want others to know that people in Matteson care about one another — even when you’re a stranger to them.

Martha M. Tyler

Matteson

Forward, over the cliff

The mantra of the Obama presidential campaign was “Forward.” We repeatedly heard from Mr. Obama that we need to take the country in a new direction, away from the policies of his predecessor, George W. Bush, whom he blamed continuously during his first presidential term.

Now as we face the so-called “fiscal cliff,” Mr. Obama’s solution to avoid the “cliff” is more taxes and considerably more spending. Could someone, perhaps Mr. Obama himself, explain how this course of action is moving forward?

It is nothing more than the same path that he has taken this country on for the past four years. More of the same is not what this country needs. The president and the Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate cannot be serious that raising taxes will solve the problem.

Mr. President and U.S. senators, it is time to face facts. You can no longer spend money that we the people do not have. It is time that you, just as we in the private sector do with our personal finances, make spending cuts!

The practices of the past four years did not work, and they will not work as we move “forward” over the next four years.

Don Synowiec

Oak Forest



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