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Ironworkers standing behind Obama

Ironworker John Rukavin74 put Romney banner top Willis Tower.  |   Phoby Stephen Brown

Ironworker John Rukavina, 74, put a Romney banner on top of the Willis Tower. | Photo by Stephen Brown

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Updated: November 25, 2012 11:35AM



As reported in Mike Sneed’s column last week, a member of our union, Iron Workers Local 1, recently affixed a Mitt Romney banner to an antenna atop the Willis Tower. Just to be clear, while we respect and support every union member’s right — and every American’s right — to support the candidate of their choice, Iron Workers Local 1 has formally endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election.

President Obama has taken bold action to put people back to work and get the economy back on track. He passed an economic stimulus package that included $90 billion for roads, bridges, transit, clean water and building construction and created more than 3.6 million jobs. He overturned the Bush administration’s ban on Project Labor Agreements, which ensure that federal projects are completed on time and under budget. And President Obama has fought to protect workers, signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and doubling the number of prevailing-wage complaint investigations by his administration.

Craig A. Satalic, president/business manager

Iron Workers Local 1, Forest Park

Immigrants aren’t a big issue

I agree with the Oct. 16 editorial, “Fewer see immigrants as a threat to U.S.”

After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, people nationwide wouldn’t trust a soul if they weren’t born on American soil. But the new statistics are mind-blowing. Forty percent of Americans now see immigrants as a threat, compared to an outrageous 72 percent in 1994.

Immigrants are not the main issue anymore. We have a war overseas, and fewer people are coming to the United States from Mexico. Our priorities are finally starting to fall into place.

Moira Stephens, Garfield Ridge

Romney sides with neocons

Gov. Mitt Romney switched from being a war hawk to being a moderate Monday night.

So which is he? Looking at his neocon advisers, I’d say the former.

Carol Kraines, Deerfield



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