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Updated: March 28, 2013 6:43AM



I think it’s a great idea that Gov. Pat Quinn wants to reform pensions. Although with the state in the depths of debt and no one wanting to take the first step in reforming (cutting) pensions, maybe we should just leave them alone. Let the workers keep getting their pensions.

Hey, let’s raise the minimum wage instead. With the high taxes, fees and deficits in this state, let’s make it harder and harder for the small businesses to exist.

Raising the minimum wage will get more people laid off, who will then move out of state. Businesses will follow. Pretty soon the only thing we will make in Illinois is trouble and lawsuits.

No one wants to do the right thing, as it generally is not the easy thing and may offend someone. Who cares? You can’t go through life being afraid to offend people or you will end up with a society like we have now. Just do the right thing, take the heat and get on with life.

Edward Soja

Joliet

Supports gay marriage

Last year, President Obama declared his support for allowing gays and lesbians the freedom to get married. During his inaugural address last month, he emphasized the importance of treating everyone equally under the law, regardless of sexual preference.

With marriage equality legislation pending in Springfield, we in Illinois are staring these challenges in the face. I hope our legislators have the courage to do the right thing.

Each of us, regardless of background, wants the best for our family. We want our sons, daughters, nieces, nephews and cousins to be able to find happiness and marry the person they love.

Discrimination is wrong, no matter who is targeted. We are all better off when the law treats citizens, all citizens, with dignity and respect. This is why now, more than ever, the Illinois General Assembly needs to give same-sex couples the freedom to marry.

Karen Howard

Hazel Crest

Illegal drug use fuels gang crime

Central to the gun control issue are gangs and drugs. Most of the shootings are gang related, where gang members are fighting for turf to sell drugs and often innocent people are killed. What I do not hear about is simple Economics 101 supply-and-demand theory.

Seems to me that if folks did not want the illegal drugs that much of the gang violence would end. We need to blame the weekend cocaine user or pot smoker for helping fund gang activity. What is law enforcement doing to stop the drug dealing?

Chicago’s street violence is so far out of control and there are so many hopped-up idiots out there that there is no answer for average citizens except being able to arm themselves. There are 49 states that allow their residents to carry guns in public, but Illinois and Chicago leaders bury their heads in the sand, hoping that more cops and more laws will stop the violence.

They must also believe in the Easter Bunny!

Michael D. Turay

Crete



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