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Updated: June 13, 2014 6:15AM



I’m a resident of Evergreen Park for the past 30 years. In recent years, the village has made a concerted effort to expand the number of “big box” retailers serving the community. The sales pitch given to the citizens was that the stores would provide more tax revenue. However, it also was sold as a source of funds that would hold property taxes down and enhance public service. I can see some cosmetic service improvements, but my property taxes have done nothing but go up year after year. Where is all this new revenue going ... pension support?

To the teacher who wrote in about all the degrees they had to get to teach: Too bad you didn’t use all those smarts to keep an eye on your union leaders and the politicians that were making deals for their own benefit. I worked for 40 years at a job that was much harder than yours, and while my pension is nowhere as big as yours, taxpayers don’t have to bail me out.

What has the Democratic Party (liberals) done for the middle class? The list continues: Social Security, minimum wage, the voting rights act, the Civil Rights Act, women’s suffrage, the right to unionize, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. What have Republicans (conservatives) done? They have opposed each and every one of these.

I see Paul Vallas wants to keep the tax increase. Why is it that politicians never pass a tax increase that they want to rescind? Temporary taxes have no meaning. Sales tax was incorporated back in the 1940s by Gov. Dwight Green as a temporary measure. It’s still with us. Every tax that has ever been passed in this state has continued to flourish in one form or the other. If they would ever learn to run this state the way it should be run, we wouldn’t have this problem. Instead we have all kinds of boondoggles and pork barrel acts. I am sick and tired of this state and the way they handle their money. If this was a business corporation, they all would have been sacked many years ago.

I would like to thank the village of Tinley Park for taking the time to mail out the summer schedule for the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre and the Tinley Park Convention Center to all the residents of The Pines. As a resident of The Pines, it is almost impossible to get in or out of our area on concert nights, and this helpful information will assist us in planning our excursions around these events. This is just one more example of how our mayor and village board take care of the residents.

Sharon B. from Tinley Park

I don’t know what Rahm Emanuel and Mike Madigan are smoking, but whatever it is, they better get off it. The state of Illinois’ taxpayers can’t handle $100 million to build a library for Obama. He is such a great fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, why don’t they give him the money? Or better yet, why doesn’t he use some of his own money? If I remember the other presidents, their libraries were all built with private funds.

Eagle Ridge

Bruce Rauner’s wife says she is a Democrat, but 80 percent of her campaign donations go to Republicans. I doubt very much if she ever votes Democrat. If she does, it doesn’t make any difference. There are no Democrats coming out of her area. She ought to be told that Kirk and Dillard are Republicans.

The Republican Party started wars, lowered taxes, outsourced jobs, killed our economy; they handed President Obama the worst deficit in history but they never recorded it. When he walked in the door he had a deficit over $100 trillion. Unemployment was going through the floor and all the sudden we have a guy who says the Republicans did so much good when they were in power?

It is redistribution of wealth when the one group takes for their benefit from another group without a contract to do so. All so-called government workers or public servants receive 100 percent of their salary and lifetime pension from the tax trough, aka from their neighbors. The average Chicago fireman’s pension is $7,000 a month; the average Chicago paid-out Social Security check is $1,100 a month. The only contract that exists is the one between the public servants’ unions and the politicians, not with the people who really pay the bills.



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