Updated: July 3, 2012 12:24PM
A thoughtful person could write volumes about why Steve Huntley’s Tuesday column [“We can’t blame Bush’s tax cuts”] is so wrongheaded. But to summarize:
George Bush and the Republican Party took a U.S. budget that was balanced at the end of 2000 and proceeded to explode the federal deficit through unwise tax policy. Mitt Romney wants to reinstate these same wrongheaded policies if he is elected. Republicans and Romney show absolutely no interest in ending the reckless financial industry practices that caused the economy to collapse at the end of 2008. Romney, in fact, wants to ease rules even further to allow for more financial industry recklessness.
Mr. Huntley is entitled to his opinion, but his conservative ideology is clouding his powers of observation. The U.S. is recovering from the mistakes of the Bush presidency. Now is not the time to support a candidate like Mitt Romney, who would take us back to the policies that got us into trouble in the first place.
Mark Kraemer, Wilmette
Concealed carry could have helped
Speaking about the vicious attack at the Ashford Restaurant in Tinley Park on May 22, Mayor Ed Zabrocki had this to say about it. “This is so random. It could’ve happened anywhere in Illinois.” He was more right than he knows! In surrounding states, though, chances are that a premeditated attack of this nature would not have taken place. Why? Because the attackers would have known that in those states individuals have the “right” to concealed carry of weapons. Illinois is the only state in the country that has no provision for its citizens to conceal carry. We have the politicians of Cook County to thank for that. Nevertheless, you, the voters of Cook County, continue to re-elect these same corrupt politicians year after year. Next time you want to complain about high taxes, lack of jobs, etc., look no further than your mirror to know who is to blame.
Harry Caliban, Near West Side
Enough with the sin taxes
Why do they continue to raise taxes on cigarettes and alcohol? Legislators need to look at their own pay raises and double retirement benefits. I can’t wait to retire and move out of this state. Put any tax increase on the ballot and let the people decide.
Kenny Sparr, Marquette Park