Dr. Phillip Kaufman, an eye doctor, holds toys he considers dangerous to kids' eyes at his office in Crete, IL, on Thursday, December 13, 2012. He has an annual list of dangerous Christmas gifts. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 19, 2013 6:15AM
It can’t be easy to be the voice of reason during one of the year’s busiest shopping seasons, so I’m glad to see Crete optometrist Phillip Kaufman’s yearly Dangerous Christmas Toy List is still going strong.
Why are Social Security and Medicare, which were taken out of my paychecks over 45 years of working, considered an entitlement yet subsidies to the oil companies and the farming industry are not considered entitlements?
Chicago Sun-Times sports writer Mark Potash grades the Chicago Bears every week. In the game against the Green Bay Packers, he gave C’s to quarterback Jay Cutler, the running backs including Matt Forte and the coaches including head coach Lovie Smith. Mark, what game were you watching?
Why is it that the electronic media has to play out a tragedy for days? I’m sure the parents and other relatives directly involved by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., don’t need their stories dragged out. And the rest of the United States would like to get on with their lives especially during this holiday season. ’Tis the season to be merry not depressed.
Lou from Palos Hills
Let the government tax the middle class and small businesses until there’s nothing left. Then we can go on welfare and get food stamps and Link cards. But who will pay for it?
Bob from Hickory Hills
I read about Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Supt. Lawrence A. Wyllie retiring at the end of the school year. What I didn’t read is how much of his pension will be on the backs of his neighbors. I wonder how many of his neighbors will receive thousands of dollars of taxpayers’ money. Could you live well on this? Since he could’ve received this money for years now, why did he wait so long to retire? Maybe we will find out with the new guy in charge, but that will most likely be after Wyllie gets out of Dodge.
Union corruption is in the news every day just like what I believe is the corrupt Cook County political system. Those signs should not be in the front yards of people’s homes supporting it.
Thanks to the good Samaritan who on Dec. 13th helped me get gasoline when my car was stalled at 143rd Street and Harlem Avenue. He would not take anything in return. What a wonderful show of Christmas spirit!
Tom from Oak Lawn
More about police, firefighters and paramedics: You’re forgetting something. Many of our police, firefighters and medics came from the U.S. military. They fought for the United States. Then they come home and serve Chicago. If you think it’s easy, work a gang suppression mission or ride an engine in 96-degree heat in turnout gear. Ride in an advanced cardiovascular life support unit and do everything you can to save a person’s life only to have them die in front of you. Then go do it all over again. You have no idea and never will. Keep your negativity to yourself.
It’s a shame that people only protest where a Republican administration is in control. Where are all the protesters to take over the Illinois Capitol building or Chicago City Hall when Gov. Pat Quinn refused to give contractual raises to employees and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to reduce benefits for city employees and people on pensions?
Joe from Mount Greenwood
The United States has been sinking for the last four years and will probably hit bottom in the next four years. It’s so sad that the people were duped again by their own Democratic Party to vote for President Obama. He has no idea how to run a government.
About the Homer Township Chamber of Commerce naming Illinois American Water Business of the Year award: Excuse me, Homer Township Chamber. What’s in your drinking water? Mine must be gold because we are paying $145 per month for two seniors to shower once a day and do laundry once a week. We lost our lawn due to the fact that we would have had to stop buying food to pay for this Business of the Year. Shame on you!
Marilyn from Homer Glen
Corporate welfare recipients are the ones who are really working the system. It was reported that 26 U.S. companies paid no federal income taxes. But we call them job creators. Yeah, right! They created jobs for their tax advisers and lawyers.
My compliments to Phil Kadner for his column about the pension con game. Finally, the truth in print. The politicians have been misappropriating the funds for years. This is money that many have put in their entire careers, expecting that the officials would be good stewards of that money. Teachers are the largest group of recipients by sheer numbers, but it’s the superintendents and administrative staff who are receiving the highest pensions. What about the pensions that the politicians have afforded themselves and their buddies?
I think the 1994 remake of “Miracle on 34th Street” with Richard Attenborough and Mara Wilson is a sin, as they distorted a classic film and turned it into something awful and disgusting. Every copy ever printed should be rounded up and burned. It possesses none of the charm, character or humor that the classic 1947 “Miracle on 34th Street” possesses. A classic should never be remade because a classic equals perfection, and nothing can best perfection.
On the topic of blindness: The atheists in a tizzy remind me of a man who closes his eyes and says, “See, I told you. There is no light.”