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Forum: Drew’s children victims, too

Updated: October 15, 2012 9:33AM



While I believe justice was served with the guilty verdict in the trial of Drew Peterson, I can’t help but wonder what will happen to his children.

The lives of Kathleen Savio’s and Stacy Peterson’s children are forever changed by the tragic events during their short lifetimes. The loss of their mothers was catastrophic enough. Now they live with the knowledge that their father is guilty of murder.

Regardless of how one feels about Drew Peterson, or his guilt or innocence, you can’t help but wonder what the future holds for these innocent kids caught up in a situation that no doubt affects them now and will continue to do so.

MaryRose McNamee

Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community

Supports stay-in-school law

More than 18,000 students dropped out of high school in Illinois during the 2010-11 school year. How many more will do so during the current school year?

Laws that keep students in school help improve the community, the lives of the students who remain in school and educational quality in Illinois.

Sam Henninger

Orland Hills

Lack of leadership costly

A prime example of why we should toss our Legislature and governor under the bus is their inability to resolve the financial crisis of the state.

Due to their inaction, Illinois’ credit rating has been further cut by Standard and Poor’s, and other rating agencies will follow suit. This will increase the state’s borrowing expenses via higher interest rates and put us further in debt. Who is going to end up paying for this inaction? We, the taxpayers. Remember this in November.

John Culloton

Chicago

Restrict roadside memorials

I understand the reasoning behind roadside memorials, to honor a loved one who died in an accident at that spot, but these are not gravesites. There has been a memorial on 159th Street east of Pulaski Road since 2007. That’s what cemeteries are for. We should have a one-year limit on these memorials being on display.

Diane McNichols

Midlothian

Voter ID should not be issue

Regarding Cedric Herring’s Sept. 6 column on voter ID laws, his view that IDs are a discrimination issue is not valid. I know that in Illinois, a resident is required to have a government-issued photo ID.

To get a legitimate job, you must show that you are either a U.S. citizen or that you can legally work in our country. A government-issued photo ID is required.

If Mr. Herring is saying that minorities, who are citizens who are able to vote, do not have a government ID, then he’s saying they are breaking the law and they are not legitimately working.

We need to show our ID when we go to other countries, so we should not have a problem showing that we are a U.S. citizen to vote in our country. Not having proper ID is just wrong. There is no excuse.

Barbara Moore

Tinley Park



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