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Speak Out for April 20, 2014

When I worked we could only be promoted two grade levels at a time. Reading about the Cook County Circuit Clerk employees receiving pay increases from $12,000 to $18,000 more per year raised my blood pressure. Spending taxpayers’ money like it’s water. Who’s watching the …

Speak Out for April 18, 2014

The Affordable Care Act, besides insuring a lot of uninsured people, has also made coverage cheaper for the people that had coverage. The prescription drug problem is going down, George W. Bush’s doughnut hole is closing and your cost is going down everywhere. So it …

Speak Out for April 17, 2014

This is not intended to be a slam to people who are seriously in need of employment, but as I was reading online local job opportunity postings, I could not help but chuckle to myself and think, “How many creative names are there for what …

Miller: Media-shy Madigan changes into media hound

A long time ago, I asked Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan why he never golfed at his golf fundraisers. Madigan, D-Chicago, explained that he was a terrible golfer (he’s since improved, I’m told). If people saw him embarrassing himself badly on the golf course, they …

Speak Out for April 16, 2014

Lenin, who is known as the father of socialism said, “Communism is the road to socialism.” Marx, who is the father of communism said, “Democracy is the road to communism.” Machiavelli would say there is no difference between the three, that is why the founding …

Speak Out for April 15, 2014

It’s almost Easter and temperatures have been well above freezing. It is time to take down the Christmas lights and decorations. Tinley Park Last year, Homer Glen underwent months of discussions with homeowners and Homer’s officials about whether to ban leaf burning as our other …

Speak Out for April 14, 2014

Between Obamacare and a minimum-wage increase, it seems there will be fewer entry-level positions. Retail as well as fast-food is going to automated checkouts. I shop elsewhere because of Walmart’s self-checkouts. My husband has a pension. To keep his union solvent, we took a $350 …

Shaw: Shrinking our super-sized state government

The Illinois primary election was sadly historic — a record low voter turnout in the Chicago area of less than 20 percent — in part because nearly 80 percent of the nonjudicial races were uncontested. A lack of competition apparently produced a lack of interest. …

Forum: Raise tollway speed limits

Interstate highway speed limits that are too low are dangerous, and the speed limits on Chicago-area tollways such as I-88, I-294 and I-355 fit this description. Transportation engineers worldwide almost unanimously advocate posting speed limits based on what’s known as the free-flowing, 85th-percentile speed — …

Speak Out for April 13, 2014

A news flash for the writer who thinks today’s journalists have been brainwashed by socialist-bent college professors. It is not the so-called brainwashed journalists who decide what to write about and whether it gets into the newspapers. It is the owners of the newspapers who …

Graham Peck: Douglas had big impact on slavery pre-Civil War

April 23 marks the 201st birthday of Stephen A. Douglas, most famous for his debates with Abraham Lincoln in 1858 but more significant historically for the broader role he played in American politics during the 1850s, one of the most portentous decades in the nation’s …

Speak Out for April 11, 2014

Kudos to Trustee Theresa Flynn on having Sheriff Tom Dart to oversee the goings on in Crestwood. Both of these individuals are dedicated, honest people who are a real assett to Crestwood. Judy from Crestwood Can someone give me the logic of assigning someone to …

Miller: Wary of Rauner, Mike Madigan moves left

Worries about low Democratic turnout in an off-year election for an unpopular governor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s millions in campaign spending are obviously driving much of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s legislative agenda this year. “If you’re an African-American on the South Side, …