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Forum: Thankful for highway aid

Updated: February 2, 2013 6:26AM



I’ve never written to a newspaper before, but an event on Christmas Eve compels me to do so. On my way home from work, I had a tire blow out on eastbound Interstate 80, approaching LaGrange Road. I managed to get to the shoulder but knew I needed help as I had never changed a tire in my life.

My insurance office was closed so I couldn’t request roadside help. I don’t have a smartphone, so I couldn’t look up a tow company. Tow trucks passed me by without stopping to help.

A stranger in a white pickup truck passed by but then drove to the shoulder. He backed up to my stranded vehicle, asked if I was OK and proceeded to change my tire. As he was changing it, I realized I had no money in my purse.

As he finished, I explained my cash situation and told him I wanted his name and number so I could send him something. He said there was no need for that. He had a wife and two daughters and hoped that someone would stop for them in a time of need as he had done for me.

I hugged him, said “Merry Christmas” with tears in my eyes and we went our separate ways. I didn’t get his name, but I give him my sincere thanks. There are still good people doing good things in this world.

Judy Franks

Tinley Park

Youth prisons should not close

What is wrong with this picture? On one hand, law-abiding citizens are virtual prisoners in their neighborhoods — afraid to sit on their porch, allow their children to play outside and scared to shop in their neighborhood.

On the other hand, gang members are allowed to roam freely, sell drugs and kill and maim opposing gang members as well as innocent citizens who get in the way. This activity is ongoing on a daily basis, creating a reign of terror.

While this scenario plays out, some youth prisons are empty and about to be closed.

It should not be difficult to find a way to hold gangs, their leaders and members responsible for the acts of fellow gang members. The hundreds of killers walking the streets, free to kill again and again, must somehow find their way to some of those empty cells.

Ned L. McCray

Tinley Park

Unions go too far

Why are unions always in the right? They always blame management’s fiscal irresponsibility or greed when their companies are failing. Hostess is a great example.

The demands of many unions are outlandish. When I read that the union for Hostess demanded that different trucks had to be used for different Hostess products, I just shook my head. I’m sure this was to force management to hire more union workers/drivers.

Unions will bury this country. Maybe their next step will be to have their members paid for a full week’s work while they only work on days that begin with the letter T. What’s worse is that the federal government would let them get away with it.

Bob Schaack

Oak Forest



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