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Forum: No to Bill Daley

Updated: July 27, 2013 6:37AM



I find it inconceivable that Bill Daley thinks he can govern Illinois. He and Wall Street whiz kid Jamie Dimon lost billions of dollars at Chase Bank. His worst blunder was being point man for “Slick Willie” Clinton in pushing through the North American Free Trade Agreement that has sent millions of jobs out of our country.

We need leaders who will work for our best interests, not enrich themselves and their extended families. We have seen enough Bushes, Clintons, Madigans and Daleys in public office.

We need a governor who is strong on labor, not a slick fast-talking banker. Illinois can do much better than another Daley. And we must!

Bob Pritchard

Hickory Hills

Put spotlight on academics

The SouthtownStar sports section always has lots of pictures of high school athletes.

Why doesn’t the newspaper feature pictures each day of students who excel in academics?

Why not have a daily story about an outstanding or inspiring student rather than some top athlete? In addition to Top 10 team rankings and all-conference and all-state teams being listed, how about listing the names of all the National Honor Society members among the schools in a conference?

We need to do more to publicize the accomplishments of our top students as well as our top athletes.

Herbert Tillman

Hazel Crest

God’s marriage

I commend the African-American Coalition of Clergy for taking the stand that marriage under God is between one man and one woman. This is not about civil rights; it is a fight against what God has established.

Yes, gays and lesbians have the civil right to love whom they will. They have the right to even create and establish their own religion based on their own beliefs, but America should strive to stand on the one God who created heaven and earth and everything that dwells therein.

Whether same-sex marriage laws should be passed in Illinois is not the question. In what god do we trust seems to be the real question.

Stephanie Randle

Hazel Crest

No more political dynasties

While I’m sure Mr. William Daley would make an intelligent and qualified candidate for governor, I reacted to the news of his plans (to run) with a sigh of dejection. Haven’t we had enough of political families and machines — the Daleys, the Madigans, the Strogers, the Jacksons?

Recently, the Republicans held a talent contest, of sorts, to identify and develop new candidates for state office. While I believe that experience and seniority should always trump youthful inexperience, I also believe that it’s time to wipe the political slate clean and start over with fresh faces and voices.

Look at the current condition of our local, state and federal governments. Do we really need more of the same?

John Vukmirovich

Chicago



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