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Forum: Supports voter ID system

I am very much in favor of implementing a voter ID system in Illinois. It greatly reduces the opportunity for voter fraud. If you don’t have a picture ID today, you can’t even pick up your prescription or buy smokes. I really can’t understand why …

Forum: Main cause of Chicago’s violence ignored

“Chiraq” is the word invented by an oppressed, inner-city people suffering unspeakable and unrelenting violence in Chicago. They feel like they live in Iraq, but they fail to correctly identify the primary cause of the unnecessary violence — drug prohibition. Meanwhile, the powerful pols, the …

Forum: Big tax bills don’t mean better education

The school board in Homer Township District 33C has agreed to a 3.2 percent pay raise for teachers and other staff members. The board members need to understand that paying higher salaries is not sustainable. The certified employees have received a total 33.6 percent pay …

There he goes again Columnist Scott Reeder is at it again. In the past, he has proposed eliminating the state income tax without suggesting how state government would be able to run and state licensing regulations without suggesting how consumers would be protected. Now, he …

Forum: Smoke-and-mirrors budget

With the alacrity of a street hustler’s smarts our legislators have fashioned a smoke-and-mirrors state budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year that starts July 1. Trying to locate and follow the various sources of revenue and fund shifts in the new budget is almost as …

After a trillion dollars spent in Iraq and Afghanistan, what is next? We won the battle but are losing the nation-building war in Iraq from poor governance, lack of inclusion and corruption. After living large on foreign aid, will the Iraqi military hold the Iraqi …

Forum: Reeder wrong on right-to-work

Once again, columnist Scott Reeder chooses to use facts and statistics that may back his contentions but disingenuously turns a blind eye toward anything that refutes those contentions. He claims that Illinois has been losing jobs and factories to right-to-work states like Iowa and Indiana, …

Forum: BAPA tramps on First Amendment

The SouthtownStar recently had a story about the controversy over the organizers of the Beverly area Memorial Day parade excluding this year Southsiders for Peace, a social justice organization that includes many veterans among its members. We have marched in the parade for the past …

Forum: No more Bushes, Clintons

Why all the hysteria involving the next presidential election on all the TV channels? It’s still three years down the road, and like it or not, we are stuck with the guy we have sitting with his feet on the desk in the Oval Office. …

Forum: Parents play role in OLCSH forgery scheme

Kids will be kids. That said, where were the parents for the four years these Oak Lawn High School students had to complete their community service? Is parenting out of fashion? These still are children and have acted as such. It is the obligation of …

Forum: Ex-mayor backs prayer at public meetings

I was pleased by the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of reciting a prayer at the beginning of public meetings. I encouraged this practice at various times during my tenure (1995-2003) as mayor of Chicago Heights. At the outset of each city …

Forum: ‘Temporary’ tax hike a sham

Our governor assured us two years ago that the higher 5 percent state income tax rate was temporary. Anyone with knowledge of politics knew that was a blatant fib and that the tax would become permanent. As per the plan, the governor has recommended the …

Forum: Impressed with charters

When charter schools first were introduced in Chicago, they had a reputation of being centers for students who could not conform nor make the grade at regular high schools. High dropout rates, truancy, chaotic discipline and lack of success in academics was the norm. The …

Forum: Register for Property Alert

I want to thank the SouthtownStar for publishing notice of Orland Township offering to register residents for the Cook County recorder’s Property Alert Program, which monitors a person’s mortgage deed around the clock, alerting you anytime a document is recorded against your home. The township …

Forum: SD 162 should focus on healthy food

It is all well and good that Matteson School District 162 will receive a $557,000 grant to promote child health and exercise, including purchasing hula hoops. But has the school district considered what it feeds its students? Are main entree salads or a salad bar …