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CoRiccio Baskshows eighth-grade class how he makes his miniature models from paper glue Illinois School Park Forest Illinois Monday Dec.

CoRiccio Baskin shows the eighth-grade class how he makes his miniature models from paper and glue at the Illinois School in Park Forest, Illinois, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. | Karen Gioia~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 25, 2013 6:12AM



It’s nice to read some good news for a change. Artist CoRiccio Baskin, of Lil’ Thangz, sounds like a fascinating person. I’m hoping to see his upcoming miniatures display at the Midlothian Public Library.

Our government is truly broken from gerrymandered districts that dictate that only one party can win the seat to no-term-limited lifelong politicians who are not public servants but only care for themselves and their contributors, to the party line adherents who couldn’t care less about what’s best for the United States but only care about the party line, to the “we have to pass it before you know what’s in it” idiots, to those who admit they can’t be bothered to read all the bills that they are voting on. Yes, we are, indeed, broken and need to fix it.

Christmas is about the birth of Christ. It’s not about money, gifts and toys. It’s about our savior. Welcoming Jesus into our lives this Christmas is the best thing we can do. I would rather be close to Christ my savior and I am close to him.

Robert F. from South Chicago Heights

Chicago should not hire 450 new policemen because very soon everyone will be carrying their own guns. The additional policemen will not be needed.

Orland Park

Someone commented that all summer long there was a “so-called” homeless person on 143rd Street and Harlem Avenue with a sign. They continued to speculate that this person no longer stands out there due to the cold weather. I volunteer at a homeless shelter October through April. Public Action to Deliver Shelter offers shelter and food for our homeless seven days a week during these months. My guess is the poor man who stands out on 143rd Street is able to find shelter or meals in the winter, but not in the summer. Please stop the cynicism.

Illinois had the mental health laws amended years ago. As a result, several people were released who shouldn’t have been. We in law enforcement had to deal with those people who were involved in serious crimes. The problem is not with guns. The problem is mental health. Nobody wants to address that. I’m a retired policeman.

My union job pays a little more than nonunion. The raise is less than a buck and they take it by raising dues.

Alsip Joe, is there factual information comparing concussions between professional boxers and athletes in other sports, or is that just your opinion? Why do you classify it as crying about concussions? I think people that start playing a contact sport as kids are taking an immeasurable amount of hits to the head. The reality that there are many more athletes in other sports than boxing is probably why we hear about them. That and the reality for most people is the ultimate goal in boxing is to knock your opponent out, so why would they complain about concussions?

MJ from Worth

Regarding the fiscal cliff: Our elective officials in both the U.S. House and Senate have the audacity to take time off for the holidays, leaving America’s fiscal problems in limbo. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and both the Republicans and Democrats have done nothing other than do political posturing for months, being fully aware that the day of reckoning would come. They should be thankful they were elected to their jobs instead of being hired. They all need to be fired, starting with John Boehner.

Quarterback Jay Cutler is not the problem with the Chicago Bears. It’s the folks in front of him that have no skills related to offensive football. If you were to put Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers or New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning behind the Bears front line, Rodgers or Manning would be labeled terrible quarterbacks. Along with that, they need a legitimate play caller. Example: Running on third-and-long is just absolutely ridiculous.

Terry from Mount Greenwood

To Maureen in Palos Heights: Government did not take God out of the public schools. It designed our laws to keep him at home, in church and in our hearts where he belongs. We reap what we sow when we allow average citizens easy access to weaponry and keep cutting mental health services. You may choose to give your life to God. Others among us will devote ourselves to reducing access to guns and increasing access to health care.

Bonnie from Flossmoor

It’s time to hold these politicians responsible for their actions. If they think giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants who don’t obey the laws to begin with is going to make them obtain insurance, then these politicians are sadly mistaken. These politicians need to put their money where their mouths are and be financially and legally responsible for the damages caused by this irresponsible legislation. For all of these illegal immigrants that are still caught with no insurance, the politicians should be held responsible and have to pay damages out of their own funds.

Midlothian

I’m a senior citizen. I worked a long time and saved money for retirement. I’ve been trying to invest to provide some income to live on but have failed miserably. It seems as though there is no way to anticipate how America will function in the future. These politicians, many of whom we recently re-elected, are grossly incompetent in managing our economy. The net result of the incompetence is my receiving virtually nothing in my passbook account and my stock investments, and receiving absolutely no growth in my house’s equity. For some reason I feel depressed often. I wonder why.



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