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Forum: Parents’ influence on careers

Updated: March 10, 2013 6:28AM



As anyone with a teenage son or daughter can tell you, it may seem that the least likely place where high school students turn for advice is their parents. And with today’s constant flood of television, movies, social media and peer pressure, teenagers have more outside influences than ever.

However, a new survey of high school students conducted by Everest College found that more than six in 10 respondents say they find out about job and career choices from their parents or guardians.

A similar Everest College survey found that lack of parental and educational support is the most common reason that younger Americans drop out of high school.

With the spring semester under way, I encourage parents to spend time with their teens as they begin to map out their futures. The time you take now can play a crucial part in setting up your child for future success.

Larry Brueck

President, Everest College

Bedford Park

Living in a dream world

Regarding the Jan. 31 story in the SouthtownStar regarding Homer Glen’s plans for the 159th Street widening plan, the comments by Mayor Jim Daley and village trustees left me wondering if they’re talking about the same town I live in.

They talked about all the potential business development along 159th Street, particularly retail, but how realistic is that? We have commercial strips along Bell Road between 143rd and 159th streets and some major retailers, but we have no town center or sizable mall, and stores such as Sears Essentials and Kmart could not make it here in Homer Glen.

Let’s be honest, folks, we have a long way to go before we can even come close to Oak Brook or Orland Park. We couldn’t even maintain an agreement with the Meijer supermarket chain. And when construction starts on the 159th Street project, all businesses along it will suffer because of the construction zone and the median that’s planned. I visualize people just driving past because of the lack of crossings.

So good luck to all the dreamers on the Homer Glen Village Board. Shopping will continue to be done in Orland Park and Oak Brook, and why wouldn’t it be?

Mary Lou Benakovich

Homer Glen

Crime not down if killings up

Does the dynamic duo of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Supt. Garry McCarthy think the people of Chicago are stupid?

Every time another innocent child is caught up in the bloody violence of gangland shootings, they inform the people of Chicago of the great strides they are making in reducing crime.

There are three kinds of lies — statistics, statistics, statistics.

Sure, auto thefts and burglaries may be down, but murder remains high, and January had the highest number of murders in the month in 10 years. Where are these two leaders in making progress?

I guess with auto thefts and carjackings down, the citizens of Chicago can rest easy sleeping in their cars.

John F. Livaich

Oak Lawn



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