Forum: Library retirees need insurance
June 7, 2013 7:26PM
Updated: July 10, 2013 6:37AM
I’m asking readers to please protest the taking away of the earned health insurance for retired employes of the Chicago Public Library.
We need a voice. I wish we had Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis speaking for we retired employees!
As a 36-year employee of the Chicago Public Library, I am asking that we not lose our benefits. I care more about people than I do about Navy Pier. We do pay a substantial portion of our premiums. Thank you.
Cartoon was misleading
A newspaper is supposed to be informative, with definitive facts for an intelligent reader to consider. In this tech age of terrible financial outcomes for newspapers, you would think that someone would actually be fact checking.
How could you publish such misinformation as you did within the May 30 editorial cartoon? It highlighted a comment that has the Internal Revenue Service stating, “We flagged you because social nonprofits are not supposed to be political.”
And the supposed answer from the Tea Party (identified as Tea Bag Patriots, by the way, which is a derogatory and offensive term and shows the horrendous bias from the get-go) was, “What makes you think we’re political?”
My point is that the stated “rule” for nonprofits within that cartoon is untrue. And the reader who has no knowledge of IRS directives and actions might accept that lie as if it were fact. Political nonprofit organizations have tax-exempt status directives.
I am not a Tea Party member but would be appalled by any such use of IRS thuggery against any group or individual.
Unhappy with county eye in sky
As a Will County Board member, it has come to my attention that the county is using aerial photos of property as well as pictures taken of private property without permission as a tool in code enforcement. Citations are being written based on these photos.
I find this to be a violation of the 4th, 5th and 14th amendments to the Constitution. I am sure those at the county land use department will disagree, and the state’s attorney’s office has not made a ruling as of yet on the legality of such photo taking.
I don’t believe the intent of the county board is for code enforcement to use these tactics. Would you say it is legal for someone to take a picture of your family swimming in your pool from a ladder at the end of your street? Is it legal for government to take the same picture without a warrant?
Instead of taking a picture of your family, your county government is taking a picture of your deck, shed, pool, windows, etc., as it looks for building code violations. It’s Big Government getting bigger at the expense of property owners.
Will County Board, District 7