Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT Southtown Star logo 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Forum: It doesn’t make sense ]]>

Let me see if I have this right. President Barack Obama wants $3.7 billion for illegal aliens in the border crisis. We send millions and millions in foreign aid to God-knows-how-many countries around the world every year. We police the world, yet we do not have money to rebuild crumbling schools and infrastructure and cannot get it together to provide an excellent health care system to take care of our citizens. We are supposed to be a nation of laws, yet those in charge routinely ignore and manipulate them. The worst of it is that the people re-elect most of … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:49:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Forum: Thanks for ALS support ]]>

On behalf of the Les Turner ALS Foundation, I want to thank everyone who supported the 13th annual ALS Walk for Life on Sept. 21. Approximately 7,000 participants on more than 250 teams helped raise $1.2 million, making this year’s ALS Walk for Life our largest and most successful fundraising event in our 37-year history. It’s a truly special day where people gather to offer help and hope to those affected by ALS. This year, the Ice Bucket Challenge thrust ALS into the public eye, enabling us to surpass our fundraising goals. As the executive director of the Les Turner … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:14:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Forum: Voters should catch on ]]>

It’s an election year, so there’s construction everywhere you go. Federal, state and local governments spend whatever they can prior to an election to give the impression that the incumbents are working for you. Many people are put to work, and they are eager to vote for the incumbents. After the election, the projects tail off, and taxes are raised soon so voters forget about it before the next election. This system has worked beautifully for many years in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C. It results in government growing larger and an accumulating debt that seems insurmountable. It’s the “Chicago … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:21:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Forum: Graduated income tax for Illinois ]]>

Let’s be clear about the 2011 state income tax increase on individuals from 3 percent to 5 percent. Prior to that, Illinois had one of the lowest income tax rates in the country. Even with the increase, Illinois has the 11th-lowest income tax rate among the states. The Illinois state sales tax is the 13th highest in the country (6.25 percent), but the state does not apply the sales tax to services, as do many states. Also, Illinois, unlike many states, does not tax retirement or Social Security income. Illinois ranks among the highest of states in property tax rates, … ]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:18:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Forum: Immigrants deserve tolerance ]]>

Instead of reaching a helping hand out to the mothers, babies and children crossing our border, they were shown our country’s ugly side. Observing the mobs surrounding buses, shouting mean-spirited and hateful invectives, reminded this writer of scenes burned into my memory years ago. I am speaking of similar scenes surrounding blacks attempting to enter all-white schools and all-white neighborhoods. All of these instances were motivated by groups feeling that somehow they will be diminished or their way of life threatened if people they consider to be different move into their school, neighborhood, city or country. Especially if the people … ]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 02:19:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Forum: Mega-donors’ growing influence disturbing ]]> Lead story image

Citadel chief executive Kenneth Griffin has given $4.58 million to the gubernatorial campaign of Bruce Rauner. That figure is more than 10 percent of the combined total raised by candidates Pat Quinn and Bill Brady in the 2010 governor’s race. This fact is troubling, regardless of one’s opinion of Mr. Rauner or Gov. Quinn. No on can deny the increasing influence of mega-donors on political campaigns in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions. As candidates spend more time courting mega-donors, they spend less time courting ordinary citizens. In a democracy, the size of your wallet … ]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 09:21:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Forum: Cannot ignore ISIS threat ]]>

It’s impossible that the ISIS problem happened almost overnight as some would lead us to believe. Was the U.S. intelligence community asleep at the wheel or just ignoring them? Now President Obama and our military are at odds on how to solve this vexing problem. Terrorists never go away, they just look for their next opportunity. Only overwhelming force from a coalition of the United States, Europe and Muslim nations will defeat this murderous poor excuse for humanity. Bob Pritchard Homer Glen Student loan debt a crime I want to applaud U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s bill to reduce interest rates … ]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 02:17:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Forum: Feds’ motives questioned in Warner case ]]>

Federal prosecutors are appealing the sentence given to Beanie Baby boss Ty Warner, wanting him sentenced to prison rather than just probation because that might prevent others from committing the same crime. Maybe so, but it seems to me that would be punishing someone for crimes that someone else may or may not commit. It may be legal, but it just doesn’t seem right. I think this also affects our former and now imprisoned governor, Rod Blagojevich. Edward Levy Homewood NFL also should help  Ray Rice, wife On the Ray Rice video, let’s put aside the finger-pointing about who saw … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:13:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Forum: Skeptical of many opinion polls ]]>

Every now and then, I see “man-on-the-street” interviews where random people at a mall or on a busy street are asked simple, basic questions about political issues or matters of American history. These interviews reveal that many people are woefully uninformed. So when I see polls on how the American public feels about a complex issue, I must admit that I am skeptical regarding the value of such information. If many average people cannot identify a picture of the vice president of the United States or provide his name, what are we supposed to think when we encounter the results … ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:18:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Forum: Bury’s leadership lacking ]]>

As an independent business owner and Oak Lawn resident, I was disappointed when Mayor Sandra Bury recently canceled a meeting with residents concerned about the performance of the village’s 911 dispatchers. I do not have the luxury of putting an appointment on my busy calendar to have it canceled at the mayor’s whim. The mayor is quick to lump everyone into one big group, but I am my own person as are many others who have found support in each other over the emergency dispatch issue. I think Mayor Bury has surrounded herself with so many “yes people” that she … ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:37:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Forum: Expand Ice Bucket Challenge beneficiaries ]]>

The person who came up with the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS research probably never expected that it would reach the popularity that it has or that it would raise so much money. But now we need a change. I think people should challenge others to take the ice water challenge, but the participant should be able to choose the charity that gets the donation. I won’t even begin to mention all the diseases that need more funds for a cure to be discovered. Right now, the ice water challenge is focused only on ALS, and other … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:18:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Forum: Rauner campaign should be ashamed ]]> Lead story image

Unconscionable is the only word I can think of for Mike Schrimpf, spokesman for Bruce Rauner’s campaign for governor. To use an attack on our armed forces and the death of an American soldier for political gain is sickening. Gov. Pat Quinn had called Rauner “unpatriotic” for hiding multiple savings accounts in the Cayman Islands to avoid paying taxes. In response, Schrimpf, speaking for Rauner, said “with all the veterans who still can’t find a job because of high taxes and unemployment ... on a day when America suffered a brutal attack in Afghanistan, Pat Quinn should be ashamed of … ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:38:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Forum: Make medical pot readily accessible ]]>

You would think that medical marijuana was contagious to hear Chicago aldermen talk about an appropriate zoning district for the location of its dispensaries. Instead of thinking so hard about where medical marijuana should not be available, aldermen should swallow hard, forget the foolish historic prohibition of marijuana and allow medical marijuana to be sold anywhere that other medicines are sold. Sick people are not benefited by making it inconvenient, if not difficult, to visit a business that will sell a substance that helps people suffering from cancer, chemotherapy, AIDS and other serious illnesses. After all, Mother Nature allows marijuana … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:16:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Forum: Apathetic Americans ]]>

Whatever happened to the Reagan Democrats? Whatever happened to the Silent Majority? Those people back in the day at least were concerned about what was happening to this country. Now, most people in this country seem not to care about the direction this country is going. With all the chaos happening in Washington, D.C., one would think that maybe it’s time to rise up and say enough is enough! Philip Peffley Oak Lawn … ]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Forum: Stop knocking teachers ]]>

Here we go again! School has resumed, and the usual nincompoops have come out of whatever lamentable habitats they call home to again be sharply critical of anyone who is a teacher. The latest pathetic comment was in the Aug. 20 Speak Out section where one person said, “Teachers are just as corrupt as the politicians.” It’s really amazing how fatuous some people can be! Then you have those who complain that teachers get paid 12 months a year. True! Most teachers opt to get paid over 12 months for the 10 months they actually work. Finally, you have the … ]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 07:46:52 -0500