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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 …

Forum: Homer Glen mayor rushing on Woodbine

In a recent SouthtownStar article, Homer Glen’s mayor criticized village trustees, and specifically me, for our support for keeping Woodbine Golf Course open for another year to allow the village more time to plan for the public park and new village hall that will be …

Forum: Lewis not the answer

A Karen Lewis run for mayor would the biggest mistake since the Chicago fire. She has no knowledge how to run a government office. She’s a teacher and union leader who can hardly handle those jobs, so forget this idea. Let Rahm Emanuel finish cleaning …

Forum: Protected bike lanes needed

I like the idea of bicycling, especially within manageable distances. Bike commuting allows people to get outside, exercise and reduce their carbon footprint while still getting from point A to point B. With the price of gas, it’s much more realistic to ride a bike …

Forum: Ryan still in denial

Former Gov. George Ryan is free to talk now that he is out of prison and off probation, and not surprisingly again he has put his foot in his mouth. He was Illinois secretary of state when the Willis family van drove over a piece …

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 …