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Forum: Feds’ motives questioned in Warner case

Federal prosecutors are appealing the sentence given to Beanie Baby boss Ty Warner, wanting him sentenced to prison rather than just probation because that might prevent others from committing the same crime. Maybe so, but it seems to me that would be punishing someone for …

Forum: Skeptical of many opinion polls

Every now and then, I see “man-on-the-street” interviews where random people at a mall or on a busy street are asked simple, basic questions about political issues or matters of American history. These interviews reveal that many people are woefully uninformed. So when I see …

Forum: Bury’s leadership lacking

As an independent business owner and Oak Lawn resident, I was disappointed when Mayor Sandra Bury recently canceled a meeting with residents concerned about the performance of the village’s 911 dispatchers. I do not have the luxury of putting an appointment on my busy calendar …

Forum: Expand Ice Bucket Challenge beneficiaries

The person who came up with the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS research probably never expected that it would reach the popularity that it has or that it would raise so much money. But now we need a change. I think people …

Forum: Rauner campaign should be ashamed

Unconscionable is the only word I can think of for Mike Schrimpf, spokesman for Bruce Rauner’s campaign for governor. To use an attack on our armed forces and the death of an American soldier for political gain is sickening. Gov. Pat Quinn had called Rauner …

Forum: Make medical pot readily accessible

You would think that medical marijuana was contagious to hear Chicago aldermen talk about an appropriate zoning district for the location of its dispensaries. Instead of thinking so hard about where medical marijuana should not be available, aldermen should swallow hard, forget the foolish historic …

Forum: Apathetic Americans

Whatever happened to the Reagan Democrats? Whatever happened to the Silent Majority? Those people back in the day at least were concerned about what was happening to this country. Now, most people in this country seem not to care about the direction this country is …

Forum: Stop knocking teachers

Here we go again! School has resumed, and the usual nincompoops have come out of whatever lamentable habitats they call home to again be sharply critical of anyone who is a teacher. The latest pathetic comment was in the Aug. 20 Speak Out section where …

Forum: Make medical pot easily accessible

You would think that medical marijuana was contagious to hear Chicago aldermen talk about an appropriate zoning district for the location of its dispensaries. Instead of thinking so hard about where medical marijuana should not be available, aldermen should swallow hard, forget the foolish historic …

Forum: Congressional vacation undeserved

Why are both houses of Congress so divisively partisan and totally dysfunctional, getting absolutely none of our nation’s problems solved yet going on a five-week “paid vacation?” Vacations should be a reward for a job well done. This hiatus is totally unearned, and both the …

Forum: Rauner channels Sgt. Schultz

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says he had no knowledge of the illegal activities by two former executives of the private equity giant GTCR when Rauner was its chairman. He says he was unaware of problems at a bankrupt nursing home, hit by an array …

Forum: A comic genius will be missed

I remember watching Robin Williams once on the David Letterman show, and hilarious, high-energy, comic chaos ensued. It was bedlam. Even Letterman, who can enter into comic verbal sparring with anyone, just sat back, smiling, and let Robin riff. It seemed like Robin’s mind could …

Forum: Need new plans to stop violence

It is so disconcerting to witness the escalating gun violence that is plaguing Chicago. This violence is not the fault of Rahm Emanuel, Garry McCarthy or Barack Obama. It’s the fault of the perpetrators and their families or lack thereof. Guns do not kill people. …

Forum: Quinn wastes public money on airport

Gov. Pat Quinn again is spending taxpayer money in an effort to buy votes for re-election. Using an old ploy, he’s claiming that an airport near Peotone will bring economic development to the Southland. To make this illusion look real, Quinn authorized the state to …

Forum: Raising minimum wage benefits all

Imagine going to work every day, sometimes to two jobs, never knowing what your schedule will be from day to day. Imagine doing everything society asks of you to work hard, be a responsible citizen and a good parent, and yet the amount of money …