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Speak Out for Aug. 1, 2014

I returned to the area after two years, and I was pleased to see Mr. Kadner still writes for the SouthtownStar. He’s a gem! He’s a real journalist. Thank you. Tommy from Tinley Park To Nicole Echlin, of Homewood, whose dog was recently shot  and …

Miller: Frerichs keeps stumbling in treasurer race

In January, state Sen. Michael Frerichs formally kicked off his campaign for state treasurer and posted a video online touting the fact the he had ended “free, lifetime health care for state legislators.” Actually, Frerichs voted against that bill in the General Assembly. His campaign …

Speak Out for July 31, 2014

I love Phil Kadner’s column on inversion (“It’s an inversion for working folks,” July 29). What strikes me as the most important message in this piece is the mention of balance. Balance is a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct …

Forum: Lewis not the answer

A Karen Lewis run for mayor would the biggest mistake since the Chicago fire. She has no knowledge how to run a government office. She’s a teacher and union leader who can hardly handle those jobs, so forget this idea. Let Rahm Emanuel finish cleaning …

Speak Out for July 30, 2014

Kudos, blessings and applause to Scott Fiala who continues to work for a cure to Lou Gehrig’s disease. I happened to see him at the Dollar Tree in Oak Lawn this past Tuesday. I wish him strength in his continuing efforts to raise funds to …

Speak Out for July 29, 2014

On July 27, 1953, the unpopular Korean War ended. To say veterans who fought in that war and made it home in one piece were happy would be an understatement. I made it home in one piece after spending almost two years in a North …

Speak Out for July 28, 2014

In the SouthtownStar article “Golf at Woodbine appears over,” Homer Glen Mayor Jim Daley states: “This is all politics. Yukich is stirring the pot. They do not want to see something great happen on my watch.” Mr. Mayor, I for one am glad he’s questioning …

Shaw: More suburban FDs imposing ‘crash tax’

One of our jobs at the Better Government Association is to look for warning signs that suggest that trouble may be on the way. And with that in mind, I point to a recent BGA investigation that sounds the alarm at a number of Chicago-area …

McGrath: Confronting a different kind of tyrant

When I attended Chicago State University on the South Side in the late 1960s, I opted to take my daily lunch break off campus. There were no in-house McDonald’s or Subways as there are at many colleges today. And while I’ll grant that the school …

Forum: Protected bike lanes needed

I like the idea of bicycling, especially within manageable distances. Bike commuting allows people to get outside, exercise and reduce their carbon footprint while still getting from point A to point B. With the price of gas, it’s much more realistic to ride a bike …

Speak Out for July 27, 2014

The city of Chicago needs more police now. It’s obvious the police that they have on duty no longer are able to keep our lakefronts and beaches safe for use by families. I refuse to take my family downtown to Navy Pier, Taste of Chicago, …

Speak Out for July 25, 2014

For years, the politicians have looted the pension funds and broken contractual agreements. Now they have the audacity to resolve the shortfall by charging it to the victims. Most thieves go to jail, but in Illinois, the comatose voters re-elect them. JS, Oak Lawn I …

Miller: Poll shows Rauner economic plan popular, but ...

A July 17 poll by Capitol Fax/We Ask America asked 1,063 respondents about Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner’s economic plan for Illinois. “That plan calls for a freeze on property taxes and rolling back the 2010 income tax increase. It also implements a new tax …