Forum: Get a clue, Granny
April 4, 2013 10:14PM
Updated: May 6, 2013 3:57PM
Every day on the radio there’s a commercial in which somebody’s grandmother is urging people to write their congressional representatives to keep Social Security as it is.
The ad is paid for by AARP, which has profited greatly by supporting Obamacare and other ideas that expand government.
I wonder if Grandma understands that Social Security is part of this country’s path to becoming fiscally unsustainable and that her little grandchildren must pick up the tab for this and all future government spending.
Say no to home rule
For the past 10 years, I have seen my property taxes increase from $7,500 to $13,000. During that time period, Mayor Dwight Welch talked about how home rule would enable him to reduce our local taxes to zero. He kept telling us new economic development would reduce our taxes, thanks to home rule, and how, because of home rule, Country Club Hills residents are getting tax rebates. Because of home rule, residents now have the largest outdoor theatre in the south suburbs and a new fire station and football and track field.
What Welch forgot to tell us was how much home rule costs! We are now in debt for over $50 million in bonds.
On April 9, just say no to home rule, and take control of your community.
Clifton Graham, Jr.
Country Club Hills
Dismayed with PSC board president
I’m grateful to Phil Kadner for doing a great service to the residents of Prairie State College District 515 with his interview of college board president Jacqueline Agee about her little nepotism problem. His column revealed so many reasons why Agee should no longer serve on the board.
She wants voters to believe that Leo Alexander is only the man who married her mother, denying that he’s her stepfather. However, if she has such a distant relationship with him, why would she risk her political career and her position on the board in getting him a job at the college and then a promotion?
President Agee is a smart woman, but she obviously thinks that the rest of us are stupid. Is what she did within her rights based on the board policy? Sure. But since Agee has no background as an educator, maybe it should come as no surprise that she is oblivious to how her conduct reflects poorly on the college.
A college is a place where students are taught to value logic, humanity and integrity. How can the faculty expect to be able to teach these principles to students when the college board president behaves in such a bold and irresponsible manner?