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Grafitti Balster Sylvester Starks Graffiti-Removal Crews cleaning building 2900 block West 59th Street. Friday February 17 2012 | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

Grafitti Balster Sylvester Starks of the Graffiti-Removal Crews, cleaning a building in the 2900 block of West 59th Street. Friday, February 17, 2012 | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

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Updated: May 26, 2014 6:27AM



It’s been 50 years since the invasion of the U.S. by those long-haired Beatles and we still have people complaining about the length of men’s hair. Seriously? The only hair anyone should be worried about is their own.

Chicago

About the idea of taking up a collection to help pay for Cubs pitchers to get haircuts, I have a better idea: Send the 12 pitchers over to the South Side so the attendance will increase to 2,012 a game and no one will notice the mullets because it’s the haircut of choice at 35th and Shields.

Mike from Bridgeview

I read an article about the Naperville police chief. He collects a $154,000 salary, all the while he is collecting a pension as a retired policeman at $104,000. A $104,000 pension and he’s still a police chief? The private sector would never allow this. And Illinois wonders why it has a pension problem and a deficit problem.

Bob, from Oak Forest, believes that the president is not qualified to be in office and that he also is not very smart. This is in spite of his being elected by good-size majorities twice and having a Harvard education. His attempt at a snarky comment reveals something deeper. I would invite Bob and the others to list just one thing the Republicans have enacted that would help the average middle-class or working-class American. Go back as far as you can to do so.

Paul from Tinley Park

Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Chicago is no longer my kind of town. A big change is needed; too many innocent people are being killed. This is insanity. Let the National Guard come to our aid. I think you have exhausted all of your measures.

Linda from Monee

I hear that they want to put the George Lucas museum in Chicago. If that’s the case, I hope he puts the Death Star in orbit over Chicago. Fully operational, of course.

School boards approve annual base and salary step increases including various bonus options. And the property owner pays to fund the increased salaries and pension benefits. Every local school board should start setting salary caps to decrease out-of-control spending.

Isn’t it ironic that the liberal agenda has been beating upon the mandate that guns be banned everywhere? The irony is that the major cities where the mayhem is the most rampant are cities that have been controlled by liberal Democrats for generations.

Yes, Linda of Monee, a modular home development is much different than a rundown trailer park. The key word was “rundown,” and one was never intended to be equated with the other.

Tinley Park

Referring to the article about the woman from Homewood who was caught embezzling $750,000 from her job with the city of Chicago for six years, no wonder the city has no money. Low-level clerks earning $60,000 a year and no checks and balance system in place to record fee income. Another example of poor management, wasteful spending and greedy people.

Tinley Park

I watch a business channel daily. There is a segment on real estate sales. On the most recent segment a home in Philadelphia of 1,400 square feet, with four bedrooms and two baths, was listed at $450K. Also listed was the real estate taxes of $2,540 annually. Well, that is quite a revelation in regard to my palatial estate in Evergreen Park, of 1,200 square feet with 1½ baths and 3 bedrooms. My first installment, on my circa 1941 Georgian, is $2,586. Seems Philadelphia must not provide all the governmental benefits I derive from paying such disproportionate property taxes.



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