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Updated: July 26, 2013 6:39AM



At a recent public appearance, U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2nd) remarked that the proposed Peotone area airport raises hopes for economic development.

Really? Does Kelly realize there has been tremendous economic development around Peotone for a long, long time?

It is called farming, which has been going on for hundreds of years, employing many folks and providing food for a hungry nation.

To build what will undoubtedly be a white elephant of an airport, pristine farmland and a multitude of homes will be destroyed forever.

Richard Smith

Monee

Time to get smart about gangs

It appears that in their search for solutions to the gang problem, authorities and politicians are purposely or inadvertently overlooking illegal drug sales, the root reason for the violence.

They talk about the issue like it is has something to do with poor parenting, poverty or anger and frustration due to lack of opportunity for disadvantaged inner-city youth when nothing could be further from the truth.

Speaking plainly, the reason for the violence is money — getting a larger share of the underground economy that some associated with the University of Chicago have been describing for at least 30 years. Some estimate the underground economy to be around $2 trillion per year.

The police know that the nature of street gangs has changed. Today, there are what could be described as independent gangs that are in the sole business of selling drugs, and they commit murder for the control of a single corner.

It is time for our decision makers to stop pandering and get smart in combatting the gangs.

Richard Finley

Chicago



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