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Forum: Defends Oak Lawn leadership

Updated: February 11, 2013 7:39AM



It’s disheartening to read the allegations and criticisms aimed at the Oak Lawn mayor and board of trustees, individuals who deserve respect and appreciation for the job they do on behalf of the citizens.

One might disagree with some of their positions, votes and actions, but all of these good people are sacrificing time with their families, friends and associates as well as their leisure time while they represent our interests.

Judging from the number of families moving into our village, starting businesses and raising families, I believe they’re doing a fine job overall. It’s time to stop the bickering and show some dignity and respect when addressing the issues currently under discussion.

I believe Dave Heilmann has done an excellent job as mayor, and I think Larry Deetjen is a hard-working, dedicated person as our village manager. The common thread among all the elected village officials is that they care deeply for the welfare of our village.

There will always be political issues that result in polarized views and create an atmosphere of disagreement and debate — that’s good and represents the way democracy works in this country. Let’s welcome the new year with thanks and appreciation for our officials and encourage them to work together. That will result in Oak Lawn being a better place to live and raise our families.

Mike Sutko

Oak Lawn

Gun licensing, registration justified

The concealed-carry issue is a lost cause so those opposed need to focus on gun safety issues. Seems to me society has the right to regulate gun activity.

I must be licensed and tested to drive, sell insurance or cut hair. Surely it is reasonable to require a license to own and operate a firearm and register it as I must register my car.

I believe the National Rifle Association and assorted gun nuts have sold their paranoid views to frighten insecure and/or delusional people who are convinced the bad people are coming and that guns allow them protection against an intrusive government (they should try voting instead).

I have owned guns since I was a teenager and continue to own them. I cannot imagine walking around the local mall with a concealed gun.

Doug Nyhus

Frankfort

The gift of life

I wish to publicly thank my son-in-law, Brian Mase, a Worth police officer, for donating a kidney to my son, Christopher, his brother-in-law, in a successful transplant that took place Jan. 2 at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

Born with the IgA nephropathy (an autoimmune disease that eventually leads to kidney failiure), Christopher returned from Germany and quickly lost kidney function. He was on dialysis until Dec. 31.

There are no words to thank someone for such a great gift of life and improving a life. There are hundreds of people waiting for organs, and Brian was Chris’ perfect match!

Thanks to all of our friends, family and employers for all of their support and prayers.

Judy King

Alsip



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