Updated: July 15, 2013 7:17PM
I was saddened to hear about the passing of the Rev. Andrew Greeley.
During his time as a journalistic contributor, I did not totally agree with all that he wrote. However, an essay of his on greed not only hit home with me, it also was one of those rare articles that I copied and passed out to many of my friends.
That particular article should be required reading for all school-age children.
Kirk’s proposal a start
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is a Republican. I am a Democrat. Kirk is a conservative. I am a liberal. Kirk recently expressed what a very large portion of the American population feels. In Chicago, there is a daily casualty toll due to gangs.
Kirk’s remarks were neither high-class elitist nor “white boy” nor suburban. His remarks are a cry from the graves of innocent victims. A cry from the grieving parents and friends of these victims. A cry from the outraged citizens of Chicago, Detroit, Gary and other cities plagued with gang violence.
Instead of support, Kirk receives silence, criticism and a racial attack. Are we to turn our backs to wanton crime that takes the lives of innocent children because of the fear of being accused of elitist racism?
Sen. Kirk’s plan for a mass arrest of about 18,000 gang members is not feasible. But it is a starting point. His proposal should be a rallying point that brings interested parties together to formulate a plan of attack. This is war. These gangs are domestic terrorists.
Stop Lockport pipeline project
Are the people of Lockport ready for another Era of Oil? If the city council, Chevron and Cogent Energy Solutions have their way with Cogent’s pipeline plan, we will be the recipients of 24/7 barge and train traffic, probable pipeline breaches and guaranteed losses of property value.
Chevron, which owns the former Texaco Refinery property, and Cogent plan to use the pipeline to bring in crude oil from tar sands in Canada and from shale in the Dakotas. We have municipal well water in Lockport. If there is a break in the pipeline, our drinking water could be contaminated. We have had pipeline breaches in the immediate area in the last few years.
Why can’t Lockport move beyond oil? Why do surrounding communities get shopping malls, commercial development, restaurants, recreational facilities and theaters while we are offered an oil pipeline and barge depot and potential contamination to contend with?
If you care about the town you live in, call or email Mayor Streit and tell him just that! While you’re at it, do the same with your alderman at www.cityoflockport.net/citycouncil. The council plans to vote on this project Wednesday unless it postpones a vote again. Please attend that meeting at 7 p.m. to voice your opinion. Save Lockport while you can!
Director, Citizens Against Ruining the Environment