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Forum: Oust the Metra board

Updated: August 19, 2013 4:03PM



Metra board chairman Brad O’Halloran and the entire board of directors, especially those who refused to show up at the state hearing before the House Mass Transit Committee, should be fired.

They’ve shown they can’t adequately perform their duties and have a disregard for the citizens (taxpayers) of the Chicago area and the legislative committee that oversees mass transit in Illinois. They’re all overpaid lackeys.

This conflict looks like a power struggle between the former Metra chief executive Alex Clifford and O’Halloran. What are they trying to hide by paying “hush” money? We need reform in Metra.

LaVerne A. Nichols

Chicago

Reality of marriage unchanged

In spite of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision, marriage remains the union of husband and wife, a timeless and universal institution that connects children to their mother and father. All three branches of government on the state and federal levels should work to preserve our historic marriage laws — not undermine them.

Far too many people fail to understand the unique purpose and nature of marriage. It is the only relationship of interest to the government because it has the potential to produce children and is the best environment in which to raise the next generation of healthy and productive members of society.

It is deeply troubling to consider how these two rulings will advance the homosexual political agenda and how it will lead to more anti-religious bigotry and persecution.

Regardless of these decisions, the Supreme Court does not have the power to change the reality that children deserve both a mom and a dad. We will continue to do all we can do to educate citizens on the importance of natural marriage for children and society.

David E. Smith

Executive director

Illinois Family Institute

Carol Stream

Time to take it easy

You are old now. A fiscal conservative who voted in every election for the candidate who was most likely to work for a balanced budget, smaller government and a free market system. You were disappointed, even when your candidate won but didn’t follow through.

You watched for many years as the local, state and federal governments grew larger and more powerful. Taxes rose and the deficits grew bigger.

It’s time to relax. Quit aggravating yourself by debating with your friends and neighbors who vote for big government. Stop listening to talk radio and watching the news. You should cancel your subscription to the newspaper. Forget about it.

Enjoy whatever time you have left with your partner and what remains of your life savings. Let the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren worry about paying for Social Security, health care and the enormous national debt.

Bill Fischer

Orland Park



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