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Phoenforced sign 31st Street   S. King Drive Chicago Monday February 6 2012 . |  John H. White~Sun-Times.

Photo enforced sign at 31st Street & S. King Drive in Chicago Monday, February 6, 2012 . | John H. White~Sun-Times.

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Updated: May 22, 2014 6:18AM



I thought we were living in the 21st century. But when you hear a statement like equal pay for women is just a political distraction? When women are being paid less for doing the same job as a man?

V.J. from Hazel Crest

The taxpayer who thinks people move from Chicago to the suburbs to escape rising property taxes must never have looked at property taxes on suburban homes, condos or townhouses. I have. If I bought a home of any sort in the ’burbs that is equal in price to mine in the city, my property taxes would be 2½ to 3 times higher, depending on which suburb it was. Of course, my street would be plowed and passable in less than 24 hours after a major snowstorm.

Chicago

When I was a young boy in Chicago I remember my father getting cigars after he voted and my mother getting a box of candy. Now that has stopped, and what we get is endless political advertising on our cable TV, which was sold to us as being commercial free. Bring back the good old days.

Homer Glen

Headline: “Chicago Bulls are in the NBA playoffs. Derrick who?”

I don’t know anyone with private health insurance whose costs have gone down since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. It’s quite the contrary — private insurance premiums have gone up in cost. My Medicare supplement was raised $30 a month. Who do you think will fund this program?

Lemont

Seriously, people: With all of the world’s major problems you are complaining about Christmas decorations left up? Why bother taking them down now since Christmas in July is right around the corner? Don’t sweat the small stuff. Save your energy for something worthwhile.

Linda from Monee

One of the benefits of being retired is going to Cubs and Sox games with the grandkids. Oh, wait ... parking is $20-$30, tickets $10-$15, and then there are the food and drink prices. Oh, well, maybe we will just order pizza and take a TV on the patio to watch the game. Or maybe I can ask for an entertainment benefit added to my Social Security. PS: Call me when the Cubs score a run or the White Sox find a relief pitcher.

School districts receive over 75 percent of my property taxes. Is that why they make the students stand and beg for money in front of grocery stores? And, yes, would it not be nice if every school district had a Meijer pay for its baseball field.

Thank you to the person who was at Phil’s Barber Shop on 159th Street on April 16. My sweet 84-year-old dad went there for his haircut. When he went to pay his bill he was told someone already paid for him. He was so surprised. Such a great feeling to know that there are these random acts of kindness today.

K.D. from Orland Park

Turned on the Cubs game, could not help but notice the spelling. The last two letters are “BS.” How fitting.

J.K.

Metra pretty much keeps their trains moving. CSX parks their miles-long trains in the middle of several intersections. They seem to have no consequences.

I never knew that those people serving as bailiffs at the Bridgeview Courthouse were some sort of deputy. One of them is so bent out of shape about being called by his/her job description they neglected to inform us of which entity they are deputies. Are they sheriff deputies, court deputies or what? Maybe that’s why Mr. Kadner called them bailiffs.

Chicago



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