The green leaves of a tulip make their way above the fallen leaves Tuesday at Lords Park in Elgin. | Michael Smart~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 5, 2014 6:39AM
A “know it all” who says his “heart bleeds” for teachers is spewing nonsense. Teachers do not get “free” medical insurance. We do not work only eight months. We certainly don’t spend summers in Europe because we can’t afford it. Most of us teach summer school to supplement our low pay. A teacher’s responsibilities and required education do not match up to our salaries.
At approximately 162nd and Oak Park Avenue, a church came down and another park will replace it. Whose name will grace the almost 50th park in town? Please find another way to spend our money, or better yet, not spend it on something else we do not need.
I saw on the financial TV channel that Fortune 500 CEOs have salaries 331 times greater than their average employee’s. What is even more astounding is that many of the CEOs have produced no consequential positive returns for the company shareholders. As comedian Yakov Smirnoff often said during his stand-up routines: “What a country!”
State legislators offered $100 million to build the Obama library, while private donations built the Clinton and Bush libraries. Obama hangs with some high-rollers who helped him get elected. Call them. Lift the tax burden off the people of Illinois.
Hey, Mike from Bridgeview: It’s taken the Cubs over 102 years to get competitive. And you pay money to park and money to get into the park to soak up the losing atmosphere. Or, you could go to a nature center, the Botanic Gardens or walk the many forest preserve trails close to you — that’s atmosphere and it’s free. As to the Sox, two World Series are better than none.
Joe from Homer Glen
My father, brother and now my daughter are or have been teachers, and believe me, none of them is getting rich. We didn’t travel to Europe, maybe a trip or two to Florida, but then, my mother worked full time also (after we were in school full time) and my father always worked a summer job. Teachers could choose their pay to be spread over nine or 12 months. Teacher salaries should be much improved as they are teaching “our future.”
A retired teacher’s response to the commenter whose “heart bleeds” for teachers: Yes, I collect no benefits from Social Security, even though I have made some contributions from working at several summer jobs. I do not get free medical insurance. I never received 12 months pay for eight months of work, although I generally had my pay spread out over that time. I never took a European vacation until retirement. Please take that foot out of your mouth.
Went to a moving sale in a newer subdivision in Frankfort, 30-something family, three children, moving to Indiana, why? Property taxes. $13,000 a year, over $1,000 a month just to say you live in that neighborhood. Big deal. New house, same-size property taxes, $2,800 a year. It will only get worse in Illinois unless certain groups of people get some sense, but I do not see that happening.
Paper or plastic is another bad law. Did anyone think of people after shopping walking to their car or house in the rain? Maybe the bag manufacturers could coat the paper bags with a plastic so they wouldn’t disintegrate. Also, won’t it be nice picking up our dry cleaning in a paper bag? Most big chain stores recycle plastic bags, and I would bet most people who regularly use plastic bags return them to be recycled.
Jim S. from Evergreen Park
Residents, business owners, and visitors can only hope that when the RTA and Urban Land Institute make recommendations “to spur development along the village’s Oak Park Avenue business district,” they will start with, “What are you doing about the boarded, unpainted, abandoned and dilapidated buildings and their parking lots?”