southtownstar
POWERFUL 
Weather Updates

opinions

Speak Out for Aug. 28, 2014

Way to go, Burger King. The government has allowed my job to go out of the country, and now its policy is backfiring. Or is its policy backfiring on the American public? Blame your government, not Burger King. Yes, (Bruce) Rauner is a legal tax …

Miller: Dems hope minimum-wage measure boosts turnout

Some recent Chicago Tribune poll results appear to indicate that support for raising the minimum wage in Chicago may be enough to increase voter turnout for a non-binding Nov. 4 referendum. The poll found that 84 percent of registered Chicago voters support a city task …

Speak Out for Aug. 27, 2014

Walgreens does the right thing, perhaps under public/social media pressure, and decides to remain an American company and pay its fair share of taxes. Its stock drops precipitously. Burger King is in talks to become a Canadian company to avoid paying U.S. taxes, all the …

Speak Out for Aug. 26, 2014

Kudos to columnist Phil Kadner for his article on Sunday: “The kids of summer in a World Series.” It was very moving, made both my husband and I cry, and very on point. These kids have heart. And there is no shame in crying. And …

Speak Out for Aug. 25, 2014

The new Meijer in Homer Glen is very nice. I see the dress code appears to be T-shirts with no sleeves and flip flops Since Bruce Rauner is having so much difficulty getting term limits on the November ballot, it must mean that Speaker Madigan …

Speak Out for Aug. 24, 2014

Our servicemen have given their lives and limbs to preserve our elections — it’s the candidates who are the problem. By the way, campaign ads are charged at the lowest equal rate by law. Thank you, Gordon Beckham, for your time with the White Sox. …

Reeder: Parents deserve greater educational choice

I was chatting the other day with a fellow who, along with his wife, home-schools his children. He explained the benefits that he believes his youngsters have derived from being taught at home — a customized curriculum, religious values instilled and extra time with parents. …

Miller: Edgar support may aid Rauner with independents

I’m not sure why, but the surprise appearance by former Gov. Jim Edgar at the Illinois State Fair’s Republican Day didn’t generate much media coverage. Despite the fact that Edgar is a Republican, this was not an easy “get” for gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner. I’m …

Speak Out for Aug. 21, 2014

It’s so nice to see families and friends (from all over Chicago) come together to support the Jackie Robinson West team. That’s what a community should be doing. Pat from Alsip Someone on the news said that the boys of the Jackie Robinson Little League …

Forum: A comic genius will be missed

I remember watching Robin Williams once on the David Letterman show, and hilarious, high-energy, comic chaos ensued. It was bedlam. Even Letterman, who can enter into comic verbal sparring with anyone, just sat back, smiling, and let Robin riff. It seemed like Robin’s mind could …

Speak Out for Aug. 20, 2014

When did the policeman cease to be a friend and help the citizen? It seems like his job is to find something wrong and criminalize you as soon as possible. When my car was vandalized, the Mokena police acted like I was taking them away …

Speak Out for Aug. 19, 2014

Wow, 29 shootings, five killings in Chicago this weekend. Will Holder send the FBI to investigate? Mary from Lansing The police already scan everyone’s license plate for warrants or to see if a car is stolen. Why can’t the computer also tell them when someone …