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Forum: No such thing as ‘values neutral’

I read a phrase recently that I hadn’t come across in a while — “values neutral.” Its basic idea is that we can operate an organization without favoring any particular values. Then I read an article that expressed a similar sentiment, using the phrase “within …

Forum: It doesn’t make sense

Let me see if I have this right. President Barack Obama wants $3.7 billion for illegal aliens in the border crisis. We send millions and millions in foreign aid to God-knows-how-many countries around the world every year. We police the world, yet we do not …

Forum: Thanks for ALS support

On behalf of the Les Turner ALS Foundation, I want to thank everyone who supported the 13th annual ALS Walk for Life on Sept. 21. Approximately 7,000 participants on more than 250 teams helped raise $1.2 million, making this year’s ALS Walk for Life our …

Forum: Voters should catch on

It’s an election year, so there’s construction everywhere you go. Federal, state and local governments spend whatever they can prior to an election to give the impression that the incumbents are working for you. Many people are put to work, and they are eager to …

Forum: Graduated income tax for Illinois

Let’s be clear about the 2011 state income tax increase on individuals from 3 percent to 5 percent. Prior to that, Illinois had one of the lowest income tax rates in the country. Even with the increase, Illinois has the 11th-lowest income tax rate among …

Forum: Immigrants deserve tolerance

Instead of reaching a helping hand out to the mothers, babies and children crossing our border, they were shown our country’s ugly side. Observing the mobs surrounding buses, shouting mean-spirited and hateful invectives, reminded this writer of scenes burned into my memory years ago. I …

Forum: Mega-donors’ growing influence disturbing

Citadel chief executive Kenneth Griffin has given $4.58 million to the gubernatorial campaign of Bruce Rauner. That figure is more than 10 percent of the combined total raised by candidates Pat Quinn and Bill Brady in the 2010 governor’s race. This fact is troubling, regardless …

Forum: Cannot ignore ISIS threat

It’s impossible that the ISIS problem happened almost overnight as some would lead us to believe. Was the U.S. intelligence community asleep at the wheel or just ignoring them? Now President Obama and our military are at odds on how to solve this vexing problem. …

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 …