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Updated: February 22, 2014 6:17AM



Why is it when the government says they are going to have a slight tax increase it costs us $800 but when they say they’re going to give you a substantial tax cut, it saves you $30?

Bob from Oak Forest

The viaduct at U.S. 30 and East End Avenue in Chicago Heights looks like it was aerial-bombed. It’s very bad.

Jerry from Chicago Heights

Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner sits on the board of directors of the Noble Network of Charter Schools, which operates charter schools in Chicago communities including one named for him, Rauner College Prep.

Looking through my crystal ball, I can see another year without any accomplishments. The conservatives couldn’t stop President Obama in the last election. So going forward in 2014, it’s going to be more obstruction and crisis after crisis.

BJ from Hazel Crest

I have rheumatoid arthritis and hemochromatosis. I will take one or two hits from medical marijuana and put it away. A joint will last me one week. I think it’s better than taking a Vicodin or MS Contin, which is morphine. Until you are in our shoes, be quiet. From what I’ve seen, pot kills the pain and helps us eat.

What makes the U.S. prisons barbaric is no human contact with family members. A hug would go a long way in not only keeping the prisoner in line, but it’s also a more humane way of dealing with prisoners. We need to look at others and how they treat their nonviolent prisoners. America talks one thing and does another.

Mike from Midlothian

Having not received mail for a week recently, I see no reason why the postal service shouldn’t be cut down to five days. I’m way over the silly excuses. This so-called service is the worst I’ve ever seen. Let’s save the $1 billion now. We just have to find a politician who has the guts to do it. That isn’t going to happen in Illinois. I guess we are stuck with the behemoth called the U.S. Postal Service.

Tom from Oak Lawn

I’m a Chicago Catholic League high school graduate. I enjoy following the league’s sports, particularly football. However, many don’t feel the same because they feel the league has an “unfair” advantage in recruiting. What they don’t admit to is stuff like what occurred at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, where Anthony Smith, the new girls basketball coach, somehow found himself with several of his players from his former school, Bolingbrook High School, now on the H-F varsity roster. Guess it’s just “coincidence” that the players all found residency within H-F boundaries just in time for the season to start. Curious!

Tom from Evergreen Park

It looks like many of the working people are not going to get an exemption from Obamacare. It seems like everyone who works gets mistreated. Thanks, President Obama.

I like reading the police blotter in the SouthtownStar. It keeps me informed, but did you ever notice that many of the people arrested for things like retail theft and burglaries are not from this area? I guess you do not steal from people you know; strangers are better.

Regarding comparisons to Martin Luther King Jr.: Why do people tarnish the legacy of MLK by making comparisons to former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington? Washington was a tax cheat who served prison time for his crimes. He accomplished little for the city of Chicago overall and because of his criminal background, he should have never been allowed on the ballot for mayor of Chicago. Instead, some people treat him like the second coming.

Mark B. from Chicago

Let me get this right. If people claim all these violent video games, movies, TV programs and music cause people to commit these horrific crimes, does that mean if we listen to soft, no-words, elevator music; are limited on TV programs because even some cartoons have violence; and play games like golf, ping-pong, etc., and not Frogger because we allow cars to kill frogs, would our world then be crime-free? Of course not, so stop putting the blame on material things like this. I think if killing is in your soul, you’re going to do it no matter what.

A reader wonders how the Gallup Poll has been in business so long if it and other polls are useless. It’s probably the same way that we have lifelong politicians like Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and others. How does Illinois keep re-electing the same politicians? Unfortunately, most people are sheep and believe what they’re told by polls and politicians. God forbid that people would question authority anymore! I think too many people are like the character from “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” whose line was “My brain hurts.”

Dawn

To the commenter on where our food comes from and those countries not having the controls we have over pesticides: Wake up and see the genetically modified organisms our government is passing off as food to us. Some foreign countries are banning them, but the United States is letting us eat this garbage. Who knows what problems we will have because our food is not natural but genetically modified? I think labeling is important including where it comes from and if it is genetically modified.



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