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Owner manager Susan Falb looks around Little Colony Kids Homewood Illinois Wednesday January 16 2013. The children's clothing store is

Owner and manager Susan Falb looks around Little Colony Kids in Homewood, Illinois, Wednesday, January 16, 2013. The children's clothing store is closing after 57 years of business in the Southland. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 11, 2013 6:45AM



It’s sad that Little Colony Kids in Homewood is closing after 57 years. Hopefully co-owner Susan Falb’s new chapter in life will bring her as much joy as her shop brought to area families.

A partial solution to the pension crisis would be to not allow people to retire from working for Chicago and then go to work for Cook County or the CTA or some other government entity. Don’t allow people to collect another pension from another entity. Sometimes you only need 10 years to be eligible to collect a pension. You can be collecting three pensions at the same time. That is a big problem for the system.

Why does the United States even have a border? We let the illegal immigrants in and welcome them with all kinds of free stuff like driver’s licenses, public aid and no taxes. They look at us and give us attitude and disrespect. When did we become the foreigners?

Hopefully political activist Chuck Derringer and independent candidate Marcus Lewis didn’t take the negative interactions with Governors State University administrators personally. I’ve worked at GSU for nine years. The administrators and the overall culture is notorious for putting people down and causing unnecessary hurdles. I commend Derringer for not backing down to university official Maureen Kelly. I’m sure she didn’t like that Derringer challenged her authority. It’s too bad that leaders at GSU along with the Illinois senators and the House representatives are so wrapped up in their egos and power plays that they cannot effectively serve the people.

First it was the birther movement. Now our time is wasted by people asking if anyone saw President Obama skeet shooting.

I’m waiting to hear what Steve Eberhardt’s plans are to improve Tinley Park. All I keep hearing so far is his criticism and nitpicking of Mayor Ed Zabrocki and Zabrocki’ team. Come on, Steve! Give up your plan. How are you going to make it better than Zabrocki already has? I’m waiting.

The problem is with the family structure. The blame for violence in the city of Chicago is not the guns. It’s the family structure that has no fathers or mother around and has the grandmothers raising the children. It then turns into a vicious cycle that will continue until they do something about their family structure.

Jack from Oak Forest

From what I understand, Illinois’ credit worthiness is rated by the same Wall Street firms that rated risky mortgage-backed securities as AAA and that downgraded U.S. treasuries only to find them paradoxically in greater worldwide demand. I think ratings agencies are paid by Wall Street and lack credibility. I heard that Illinois is in the top quartile of richest states. The state just needs to collect corporate, income, property and sales taxes.

Blood is thicker than water but money is thicker than blood. If you don’t believe me you can see families destroy each other over things like wills and divorces. People will eat their own young because of money.

Pete from Oak Lawn

From previous experience, when you order medical supplies make sure you are only getting what you ordered and receive a breakdown of the billing. If Medicare is being billed for the unrequested item, please make sure it is returned and they receive credit.

BJ from Hazel Crest

If I hear the expression “kick the can down the road” from our incompetent members of Congress again, I am going to scream. Enough with the baloney! The alternative to kicking the so-called can is austerity measures, which I’ve heard were a huge failure in Europe. If the alternative to kicking the can down the road is drinking a can full of poison, we are better off kicking the can. Now is not the time for drastic cuts when our economy is in such a fragile state. We can’t balance the budget on the backs of the middle class.

Why is it some people find the need to send used books and school supplies to children in Niger? There are Native American children in the United States struggling to learn even the basics in school. What ever happened to charity beginning at home? Children on the East Coast were so excited to get new library books after their classrooms were flooded, yet we still have people sending our educational supplies overseas. Think about it. We teach them our language and ignore our own children. It should be America first for Americans. Let other countries ask someone else for help.

Kim from Park Forest

What is going on in Chicago when a kid can’t even go to a basketball game without having to worry about him being killed? Why would anybody want to live in Chicago?

Tony from Orland Park

I’m so tired of politicians talking about trying to save the taxpayers some money. If they are so interested in saving taxpayers’ money, then why are they so worried about pigeons and banning energy drinks? Just tell me where you are saving the money. Let’s get it together, boys. Let’s use our heads. You sit down for all this other goofy stuff. Why don’t you sit down and solve this crime problem or get someone in there who knows what they are doing?

Someone asked why women are so much better before marriage than after. I am sure it is for the exact same reason men are so much better before marriage than after. Everyone quits trying.

Carol from Frankfort

When we work super long hours and still struggle to buy food, we have a right to speak out about Link card users.



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