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Thursday, July 5, 2012 09:53 am
CELEBRATE FREEDOMAs we celebrate Independence Day, we should also remember that not all Americans were free until 89 years after 1776, when Union soldiers sailed into Galveston, Texas, to announce the...
Thursday, June 28, 2012 06:09 pm
HIRING MINORITIESI don’t profess to know the answers, but you can’t just give a person a job without determining if they are qualified to do the job [see “Hiring minorities: All talk...
Thursday, June 21, 2012 01:19 am
GRATEFUL SENIORFor a long time, I’ve wanted to write a letter to Illinois Times, expressing my gratitude for all the services provided to senior citizens in Springfield. For retired immigrants f...
Thursday, June 14, 2012 03:46 pm
COMMUNITY CARERe: “Leaving homes – Plans to close developmental centers provoke fear,” by Bruce Rushton, May 24: Every family with a developmentally delayed child has their own reali...
Thursday, June 7, 2012 06:05 am
POT SMOKERS GET SLEEPYIn response to Sheldon Richman’s column [“When will Obama evolve on the drug war?” GUESTWORK, May 24], I agree. Marijuana should be legalized. In the late &rsqu...
Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:59 am

Taxes and gambling

TAX GAMBLING, NOT PEOPLEThe Illinois budget would probably be balanced today, except for the $37.5 billion to $46 billion given away to Illinois gambling interests over the last two decades. Faced in ...
Thursday, May 24, 2012 09:34 pm
ROBBING STATE WORKERSI am a normal Illinois state government worker. I didn’t get my job because I knew someone. I got my job because I took a test, got an A, went to an interview and the person...
Thursday, May 17, 2012 09:08 am
RETIREMENT SOLUTIONI think I may have come up with the solution for current and future state retirees and our concerns about health insurance and retirement. I think we should just operate under the s...
Thursday, May 10, 2012 08:04 am

City infrastructure and SURS

NO POT OF GOLDI read with interest the article on the city infrastructure written by Bruce Rushton [see “Plan? What plan? Still no fix for city infrastructure,” May 3]. The city inherited ...
Thursday, May 3, 2012 03:28 pm

Pension reform, political funding and and parking

PENSION RIGHTSI’m all for paying my fair share. However, proposed Illinois state pension reform goes beyond fair share into highway robbery. The current $32,000/year average (also the U.S. avera...

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