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DonnCatalano finds discarded energy drink can as picks up trash along side road while walking Kaz 9-year-old cocker spaniel near

Donna Catalano finds a discarded energy drink can as picks up trash along the side of the road while walking Kaz, a 9-year-old cocker spaniel, near her home in Crown Point, Indiana Tuesday April 3, 2012. In just about a block, Catalano picked up more than half a bag of trash, mostly alcohol bottles and cans, bottle water bottles and fast food bags. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 8, 2014 6:41AM



Someone from Justice commented on Bridgeview. I think our community is nice. The scrapyard recycles metals and prepares old cars for the upcoming Route 66 Demolition Derby. The real eyesores are along 79th in Justice. Rundown manufactured housing, taverns and liquor stores.

When Obama was running for office, he promised money would be readily available for student loans, and it was. He failed to say how much it would cost to get that money. My daughter will be paying until she is 50.

Just a little information to parents out there who think grade retention is still alive and well: It’s not as we knew it in the old days. In our time if we failed a class or classes, we had to go to summer school. Now, the kids can fail all their classes, not do homework or pass tests or hand in class projects, and still go on to the next grade. Only very extreme cases are retained, such as missing too much school. There isn’t summer school as we knew it, it’s called extended school year or enrichment, usually for four days a week, mornings only, attendance optional. Why? Because studies have shown that retention doesn’t work. So when the teacher says to you that your child isn’t doing their homework or that they got F’s on their report card, don’t fret, summer school is an option so their summer won’t be ruined or neither will your vacation. There’s always next year to show their disdain for school.

To those people who suggested the National Guard assist the police with gun violence in Chicago: What happens the first time a National Guard member overreacts to a shooter and kills them or kills an innocent person. I would not want my son or daughter put in that situation. Isn’t there some kind of an infrared device that can identify who may be carrying a concealed weapon, or is that an invasion of privacy?

The biggest mistake the teachers made was trusting the government with their money. Did you not vote to be in the public sector? I could be wrong.

Every bomb America drops on another country results in more “terrorists” and drives up our national debt. Nonviolent action is the only way our country will ever achieve true peace, at home or abroad, instead of pandering
to America’s war-mongering industrialists and corporate profiteers who drive up our national debt by the billions, and the
“public servants” who depend on their donations to pay for winning election campaigns. Might does not make right, and it certainly does not make peace or justice
for all.

Park Forest

The person complaining that the story about Circuit Court Clerk Brown’s husband was hidden on Page 36 needs to remember the purpose of the SouthtownStar is to report news about the South Side of Chicago and the south suburbs. Want general news from around the state and world? Read the Sun-Times or Tribune.

Chicago

I’m in the minority with Phil Kadner on term limits. We have elections every four or two years for our legislators or four years for various local offices. That’s the time when we get to set term limits if that’s what we want. One thing I’ve noticed when talking to others about this issue: Most people like their representative, it’s others’ they want out. I also noticed that in Tinley Park the mayor got re-elected even though there was a term-limit advisory referendum on the ballot that passed overwhelmingly. People want change without getting too involved. The lazy voter solution is term limits.

Chicago

Regarding remarks from the teacher about teacher pensions: Yes, you do pay into your pension, at 9.4 percent contribution; at that rate you will use up your pension in about two years. So, where do you think the rest comes from? Taxpayers. Today 53 percent is paid by taxpayers; by 2045, 83 percent will be paid by taxpayers. As your employer, taxpayers give you an F for listening to the promises of the union.



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