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Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane (88) right controls puck as he looks pass against MinnesotWild's Nate Prosser (39) during first period

Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane (88), right, controls the puck as he looks to a pass against Minnesota Wild's Nate Prosser (39) during the first period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Chicago, Sunday, May 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Updated: June 10, 2014 6:56AM



First, how is paying someone who works for the government — be it the president, Congress, judges, police officers, firemen, office workers of any government bureau/department (Social Security, FBI, state’s attorneys offices, hospitals, etc.) and, yes, teachers — a redistribution of wealth? Should people who work for government work for free? Second, I worked enough quarters in the private sector and am able to collect Social Security now that I’m 65, even though I have a pension from one of my employers that is larger than my Social Security payment. I don’t have to take only the larger of the two. The reason many government workers cannot collect (or collect only reduced benefits) from Social Security is because the government body they worked for opted out of the Social Security plan as government bodies may do and they made no contributions to SS from their government paychecks. Nor did their employer (government) contribute to Social Security.

Chicago

Good for School District 214 standing up for their rights. While I know this country has an obesity problem, I would hope Michelle Obama would be more interested in making sure our children get a better education. It is stated this program could cause schools to lose money, not to mention children who are on these food programs may not eat what is allowed on this program.

Linda from Monee

Does anyone really think the Democrat Party cares about the middle class?

I wonder if the mayor of Oak Lawn called the village of Alsip to thank them for allowing a Speedy Loan to be built at 111th and Cicero, across the street from the biggest commercial development in Oak Lawn’s history. Way to go, Alsip.

Pete from Oak Lawn

Our elected officials deserve the F and prison time. They are in a position of trust, and as usual they stole from the very retirement fund teachers paid into and taxpayers as well. The fund was promised to teachers. We should all get what we paid into when we retire.

Teachers, please stop complaining. Please stop whining. It is getting more difficult to respect you each and every day. You are not the only professionals who further their education with master’s degrees. You are not the only professionals who deal with disrespectful people. You and only you chose your career, so please do us all a favor and stop playing the martyr. We really do want to respect and support you, but you make it so difficult.

I am so proud of the 71 students graduating from Southland College Prep. All have been accepted into college. We need more of this encouraging news.

V.J. from Hazel Crest

I get your paper every day. I go to the sports department, and it never says what the Cubs and Sox standings are. It never says what the Hawks standings are. It’s just about the high schools. I understand it’s the Southtown, but can’t you give us some standings of the professional sports as well?

This is to Paul from Tinley Park: The job of the president and the federal government is not to help the average middle-class American but to give them the freedom and liberty to help themselves.

Orland Park

This is for Bob from Orland Park: Bob, as my memory serves, there are homes on 82nd Avenue. Is there any reason why homeowners can’t pick up the trash? Maybe organize a block party? I don’t see any reason why each homeowner can’t go pick up some trash. It would be done before you knew
it.



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