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Medallions certificates line head table second annual Salute Our Armed Forces DoubleTree by HiltHotel Chicago — Alsip Oct. 2.

Medallions and certificates line the head table at the second annual Salute to Our Armed Forces at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago — Alsip on Oct. 2. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media

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Updated: November 16, 2012 6:08AM



The second annual Salute to Our Armed Forces at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago — Alsip was a reminder of how important it is to honor all who serve the United States in the military.

It’s hard to blame teachers for the prison population when it all starts at home.

New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann has lost my trust after what he has done to the taxpayers. I hope we can find someone new. Maybe one of the village trustees could step up and take over. Baldermann seems to have no respect for us taxpayers in the way he spends our money.

Congratulations to former Brother Rice High School football star Mark Donahue, former Thornton High School football star Napoleon Harris, St. Xavier University women’s basketball coach Bob Hallberg, former Bloom High School track star Elzie Higginbottom, former Sandburg High School and DePaul University basketball player Sarah Kustok and Brother Rice wrestling coach Bill Weick for being inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero.

Carl from Chicago

People are still complaining about how much money teachers make. Don’t forget that teachers all have college degrees. They are highly educated. Some have more than one master’s degree. Administrators have doctorate degrees in business. They should make much more than the teachers. They do not work just nine months per year. They usually coach, work during the summer, are on committees or participate in other extracurricular activities, which are like a second job for them. They have paid into their pensions and they don’t receive Social Security. All the criticism seems ridiculous.

I am a member of the silent majority. We are the sons and daughters of parents who told us about World War II and the Great Depression. They explained how self-sacrifice and a strong work ethic made America the greatest nation in the world. Our political leaders worked for the country, not for themselves. We now have President Obama and his political allies who seem to believe that wealth redistribution will solve his inept economic policies of excessive spending and the misjudgment of the middle class of America.

Edward from Frankfort

Now I see the Highland Park teachers are going on strike. First it was the Chicago teachers and then Evergreen Park teachers. What is going on here? I’m all for unions, but I also know the companies I worked for would have gone out of business if the union membership didn’t work with the company. We couldn’t just drive them out of business. Somebody needs to stand up to these public-sector unions. The property tax is killing the residents.

When is Gov. Pat Quinn going to wake up and listen to the people instead of using $70 million for an airport that may never get off the ground. The airlines don’t want it. Peotone doesn’t want it. The people don’t want it. But he wants to build it. For what? It will be just like the Thomson Correctional Center that has been empty for years. Wake up! Use the $70 million to pay for bills you are not paying. I hope Gov. Quinn is the next to leave office. He and many other politicians are destroying Illinois.

RC from Oak Lawn

I live near the 80th Avenue train station. When is the no-horn zone going into effect? Tinley Park told us it would happen in June. Then June became July. Then July became September. And now September has become October. There are no signs and it seems like the engineers are having fun blowing these horns constantly. I know there were trains here when I moved, but Tinley also made a promise. What is going on?

More about people who criticize those who quote the Bible: “Read this verse, read that verse,” “marriage should be between a man and a woman,” “the biblical definition” ... blah, blah, blah. You’re hypocrites. If you’re going to follow the Bible, follow the whole Bible. Quit quoting verses. It’s absurd. Your beliefs are not of greater virtue than those of others. You may think you’re special, but you’re not. If God created all of us, he created gay people, too. Why would he do that?

I’m disabled and a senior on Supplemental Security Income only. I went for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for gas and electric. I was told that I am now below the poverty line. What a hit in the head after 36 years of working.

When is Chicago Heights going to be featured in the Better Government Association column in the Chicago Sun-Times for being corrupt? It’s about past its due, isn’t it? I believe the Chicago Heights Park District, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights School District 170, Bloom Township High School District 206 and the city itself are all full of corruption.

Joe from Chicago Heights

I’m reminded of the tale about how Nero played his fiddle while Rome burned all around him. Illinois is nearly $140 billion in debt. People can’t sell their houses and even if they could, people don’t want to buy them because property taxes are the 800-pound gorilla in the room. We have millions of people out of work. We have five kids in our family who are college graduates who can’t find jobs and other family members have been laid off. We have million of people on food stamps. The national debt has passed $16 trillion.

So columnist Phil Kadner thinks the movie “2016: Obama’s America” is hogwash. I suppose the Rev. Jeremiah Wright is also hogwash.

Palos Heights



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