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Forum: Letter writer misreads Founding Fathers

Updated: September 29, 2013 6:53AM



A recent contributor to the Forum demanded that we “get back to what our Founding Fathers meant,” yet he supports political tactics and constitutional changes to both the original spirit and virtual word of those Founders.

He applauds Gov. Pat Quinn’s action to stop legislators’ paychecks when the Founders would consider that a serious violation of the separation of powers. If allowed, it sets a dangerous precedent — giving the chief executive the potential power to overrule anything the elected representative body might pass.

Also, if term limits on congressional members was something the Founders wanted, they would have put it in the Constitution. Some of the most irresponsible members of Congress are those newly or recently elected, some of whom have been elected with a pledge to not compromise or work with the other side on anything. That’s our fault for electing them, and term limits will not protect us from our stupidity.

Finally, while the amount of our foreign aid and who receives it might be questioned, it is not given to nations that want to destroy us. Much of our foreign aid is humanitarian and comes with either strings attached and/or as an aspect to our security interests.

Dennis Gorecki

Orland Park

Just not fair

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich received 14 years in prison for his crimes.

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. gets 25 months with good behavior, and his wife gets 12 months for their crimes.

How is this fair?

Mary Maritato

Burbank

Money not everything in politics

If big money will elect Republican Bruce Rauner as the next Illinois governor, why did big money not elect Mitt Romney as president? I think that the Illinois Republican Party still has a lesson to learn in regards to the all-powerful Democratic machine in Chicago that controls the Legislature in Springfield.

I do not waste time viewing TV political ads. I watch the debates, research all candidates and pay attention to unbiased press reports on all candidates.

I definitely will not vote for Pat Quinn to be re-elected as governor. His lackluster performance leaves much to be desired, and his promoting the state’s purchase of precious farmland to build an airport that no airline wants, much less the citizens of Will County, is outrageous.

Ruth Williams

Oak Forest

Vexed by verbal Ventura

White Sox manager Robin Ventura was interviewed after the Sox win on Aug. 24. In a three- to four-minute span, Robin said “you know” more than 30 times.

He seems like a nice and thoughtful man. Can someone come to his aid, to rid him of this bad speaking habit?

I am not a member of the grammar police, but it really sounds awful coming from someone who speaks to the media nearly every day.

Raymond Epich

Oak Lawn



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