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A CSX traidles tracks railroad crossing Old Hobart Road Miller sectiGary Ind. Friday January 27 2012. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

A CSX train idles on the tracks at the railroad crossing on Old Hobart Road in the Miller section of Gary, Ind., Friday January 27, 2012. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 23, 2014 6:28AM



About slow trains: I think the slow CSX trains are nothing new, and they should be fined for parking trains in the middle of busy intersections. I think that cannot be safe, and there seems to be no way around them no matter what alternate route we take.

The U.S. Postal Service takes its lumps regarding the service it provides. However, the complaints, in many cases, are similar to that of other government service workers. When I recently saw my postman pushing or pulling his mail cart through unshoveled walks and treading up unshoveled stairs to deliver mail, I thought, “Cut these people a break.” There are underperformers everywhere, but there are many, many more who perform their job dependably and with dignity be it in rain, sleet or snow.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy brag about how homicides and shootings are down. We recently had a girl shot at a bus stop at 102nd Street and Commercial Avenue and a woman shot on the 7100 block of South Halsted Street. Who do you think you’re kidding? It seems like you’ve lied so much, and I hope the people are getting wise to you. I think crime isn’t down and these officials are hiding crimes to make it appear like some statistic is going down.

Columnist Phil Kadner says the audience didn’t ask any tough questions at a Republican candidates forum in Oak Lawn. Does he mean tough questions like the ones directed at Democratic officeholders and candidates? What tough questions would you ask? It seems that gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner told us what he wanted to do as governor while his opponents only criticize him. Voters want to know what candidates will do in office. Then we can hope for honesty in their delivery.

Chicago Heights

Has Chicago Ridge Mayor Charles E. Tokar driven over the railroad tracks in Chicago Ridge lately? Has he taken his car and hit the bumps really hard? I think despite all of the money spent on roadwork over the years, the tracks are very bad. I think it would be nice if they were fixed because it’s very hard on our cars.

About special education changes: If, as Illinois State Board of Education State Supt. Christopher Koch says, decisions about special ed class size and inclusion in regular classrooms are best made at the local school board level, why do we need a State Board of Education? Let’s eliminate this money-wasting bureaucracy and make all decisions at the local level. Some on this board have admitted that they’re not necessary.

Chicago

Sometimes life mimics art. In the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” the heroine Dorothy is knocked unconscious during a Kansas tornado. She imagines she has been transported to the land of Oz and goes to its mighty wizard for help. He promises hope and change. When he doesn’t keep his end of the bargain she looks behind his curtain and finds he is only a traveling salesman that she met just before the storm hit. The Affordable Care Act has torn the curtain away from the wizard of ooze in the White House.

St. Symphorosa Parish Super Club seniors are looking forward to a new year with newly elected officers. A big “thank you” to the retiring officers for their great leadership. The club meets at noon Thursdays at St. Symphorosa Sharp Center in Chicago. Gatherings begin around 10 a.m. Some groups play till midafternoon. Seniors are looking forward to trips and tours including casino adventures. Join friends and neighbors for cards, games and fellowship. Stop by for coffee and as our guest on your first visit. You don’t have to be a St. Symphorosa member or live in the community to join.

Mary from Clearing

I am a minimum wage earner. If the minimum wage is increased to $10, how do you think companies are going to recover that increase? That’s right. They’ll increase the price of their products and you’ll pay more income taxes on the wages. So where is the upside?

PAH from Homer

I see that Oak Forest Deputy Fire Chief Charles Sopko is still getting paid. I see that Oak Forest is investigating the case. Well, watching the way our city works, I think this will drag on into the next decade. The one thing you can say is that Oak Forest does not do anything in a hurry. Just take a look at the former Ace Hardware and Community Pontiac.

Democrats get elected because they hand out free stuff.

Rick from Evergreen Park

It was sad to read that six Catholic schools will soon be closed. I think this is due to high tuition and lawsuits plus poor management. What is going on in this world? While the people at St. Christopher School in Midlothian vowed to fight to keep their school open, it is the higher-ups that need to change. Dispensation will not help in this case. Good luck to all of you. It’s so very sad.

Linda from Monee

I think the real welfare queens in the United States are large corporations. I think so much of the taxes we pay benefits the already-wealthy corporations, but we complain about the poor. When are people in this country going to wake up to the real problem?

Can somebody please tell director Martin Scorsese that there are other actors in the world besides Leonardo DiCaprio? He isn’t that great, Marty. Thank God the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has snubbed him in the past. If it wasn’t for Scorsese, DiCaprio would be a nobody. He is terrible.



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