Forum: 159th Street project
February 12, 2013 9:22PM
Updated: March 14, 2013 6:51AM
I’m writing regarding the Jan. 31 story (“Homer Glen working on 159th Street plan”), which quoted a village trustee as saying Homer Glen is losing sales tax revenue because too often residents shop in Orland Park, Oak Brook and Schaumburg.
That’s a major reason for widening 159th Street, to make it more business-friendly and attract new businesses. I agree that towns should do all they can to try to get residents to shop local and keep their dollars in town.
I agree that widening 159th Street from two to four lanes from near Gougar Road to near LaGrange Road will attract economic development. Instead of people driving through Homer Glen to shop in other villages, they will be able to shop here, thus creating more revenue for the village.
Homer Glen officials said in the story that they want to ensure that everything along 159th Street has a cohesive look that’s unique to the village. I also think this is a great idea because it will be a way for everyone to remember Homer Glen as they pass through town.
Autos as dangerous as guns?
While driving on the Dan Ryan Expressway, I noticed a flashing Illinois Department of Transportation billboard that stated there were 957 traffic-related deaths in the state during 2012. That is almost double the number of gun-related homicides that occurred in Chicago during the same period.
Since the Newtown, Conn., shootings, the anti-gun lobby has suggested that certain types of guns be banned. They also demand that firearm owners be trained, licensed, registered and insured to combat gun violence. Somehow this is supposed to stop the senseless killings that occur in our communities.
To drive a car you must attend driving school for training, you must obtain a license, your vehicle is registered and insurance is mandatory. But such requirements did not prevent the 957 traffic deaths, and it’s also undeniable that auto accidents kill more people than shootings.
The National Highway Traffic Administration reports that about 43,000 people die each year in the U.S. from auto accidents, more than double the firearm deaths, and about 2.9 million people end up suffering light or severe injuries from crashes. Should we ban fast, sleek sports cars because they look like race cars and pose more of a threat?
Gun licenses, registrations and permits do not prevent murder. If we’re going to ban guns because they can kill, we need to ban cars and trucks because they can too.
Norman R. Corsi
Scouting and discrimination
It seems inevitable that the Boy Scouts of America will eventually put an end to their discrimination against gays.
After that, will the Boy Scouts remain steadfast in their discrimination against atheists?