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Updated: June 3, 2013 3:52PM



Once again, Chicago aldermen are coming up with a new ordinance that is useless and will never be enforced.

This time, Ald. George Cardenas (12th) wants to explore raising the smoking age from 18 to 21. I find it ironic that you would need to be 21 to buy cigarettes but only 18 to join the military.

Are there not more important issues in Chicago that need attention?

Richard Clemens

Chicago

Beware of ‘storm chasers’

The recent storms that wreaked havoc on communities in the Chicago area brought out the best in our neighbors. Unfortunately, such natural disasters often also bring out the worst.

It’s important to remind everyone to be aware of unscrupulous contractors who attempt to take advantage of victims. Illinois law protects citizens from such fraud.

To protect against becoming a victim of an unscrupulous contractor, the Illinois Insurance Association recommends that you consult immediately with your insurance agent and work only with building contractors with whom you are familiar or who are recommended by your local Better Business Bureau or chamber of commerce.

If you believe you have been approached by someone engaging in a deceptive practice, contact your county state’s attorney’s office.

If you have an elderly loved one who was victimized by the recent storms, take extra care to make sure they are not additionally victimized by an unscrupulous contractor.

Kevin J. Martin

Executive director

Illinois Insurance Association

Springfield

Appreciates federal workers

Across the country, government employees protect and serve our nation. To honor these workers and their service, May 5-11 has been designated as Public Service Recognition Week.

I want to personally express my support for the thousands of active and retired federal workers in Illinois. Won’t you please join me? “Why?” you say. “What do they do for me?”

If you checked the weather forecast before going outside this morning, thank the employees at the National Weather Service who alert us to impending storms. If your child played with a toy today, thank the workers at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission who administer our toy safety standards.

If you travel to a national park this summer, thank the park rangers who help families create lifetime memories. Here’s something you can do from your front door — if you received your mail today, thank the U.S. Postal Service carrier who delivered it.

Many of the services that Illinoisans rely on are made possible by America’s federal workforce. Many of us probably don’t realize all that our federal workers do for us, but I hope they know that we appreciate their service to our country and to each of us.

William R. Gary White

Frankfort



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