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Tuesday's snowstorm brought continuous accumulatisnow Elgstreets throughout day.   March 5  2013  | Michael Smart~Sun-Times Media

Tuesday's snowstorm brought a continuous accumulation of snow on Elgin streets throughout the day. March 5, 2013 | Michael Smart~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 14, 2014 6:26AM



People are always complaining about the high price of prescription drugs. One of the reasons drug prices are so high is that it costs hundreds of millions of dollars to develop a new drug. Much of this is due to government regulation which requires extensive testing of any new drug. There have been many proposals to reduce the amount of testing and speed up the approval process. However, to date, not much has been done. That’s why many of the new drugs are being developed overseas and with them, many jobs.

Many people believe the government creates jobs. But think about it: Once you get beyond basic defense, police and fire protection, most government spending can be done by private agencies. Think about the light bulb. It changed forever the quality of life. Before that, most human activity was governed by sunshine. The light bulb was not demanded by anyone. It was produced and that production created an immense number of jobs and immensely improved human productivity. Imagine a classroom without a light bulb. Think about things like pencils, computers, Big Macs or iPads. These are the fruits of human innovation and production. Not demand.

It seems like Alsip Joe and others with his views never miss an opportunity to slam the president or his administration. I guess they forgot the George W. Bush administration and the needless and costly wars they got us into. How did that affect our standing in the world? The president has nothing to do with his library or naming a high school after him. Millions more now have either health care or the health care they had was improved, no matter what the haters say. As for the debt, remember those Bush wars were not paid for at all, so someone has to pay for them.

Paul from Tinley Park

If Alsip Joe did his research, he would discover that Obama did not triple the national debt. Could he explain how “Obamacare is destroying our medical system?” Joe’s last over-the-top statement claimed Obama destroyed our friendships with “every country in the world.” Where did he find that information?

Evergreen Park

Before Obamacare was the law of the land, Republicans like Sarah Palin warned of death panels deciding whether grandma would live or die. Ironically, as Obamacare becomes more and more popular, those death panels turn out to be the very Republican governors who warned of them in the first place because by resisting the expansion of Medicare under Obamacare, their own voters will die needlessly.

The complaining of government at all levels is unending, but we will never be able to “Vote the bums out!” and use our power of term limits through voting, until eligible voters get past the I-don’t-want-to-get-called-for-jury-duty mind-set. Unfortunately, even if we could register and vote from an app or email account, most would probably hit delete. We’ve gotten from government what we’ve put into it, and those who have tried to dethrone incumbents at the polls are ineffective because of shameful and continually declining voter turnout.

Tinley Park

Ridding the lawn of dandelions is easier than ever, yet so many yards are covered with them. Before lawn sprays and spreads, which are also now available in earth-friendly varieties, people walked their lawns and pulled them the old-fashioned way, which is still a free, pet-safe option. Enjoy the sunshine, get a little exercise and enjoy your yard.

Tinley Park

Given the choice between an accomplished, well-respected movie-maker that has brought so much joy to the public rather than a failed president who continues to destroy this country, I don’t see what there is to think about as far as which structure should be built.

To the writer from Oak Lawn: I did not know the village of Alsip has to get the great village of Oak Lawn’s approval as to what businesses it can open. It looks like Naperville South, oh, I mean Oak Lawn, is trying to change its image. That must mean every town around Oak Lawn must conform to and increase the image of Oak Lawn. Yeah, right.



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