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Why no pension bailout?

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President Barack Obama flashes a thumbs up at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Updated: February 24, 2013 6:21AM

Why no pension bailout?

The federal government has spent billions of dollars bailing out crooked bankers and S&Ls. Why can’t they help out Illinois with the pension debt brought on by crooked politicians and give some security and ease of mind to the teachers and government workers who have done nothing but devote their lives to bettering our country and our children as they face their final years?

Ron Willis, Mount Greenwood

Gun violence ‘solution’

Good to see that Groupon has put gun promotions on hold. Now that gang-bangers won’t be able to get 50 percent off their next purchase I guess this whole gun issue is solved.

Bernie DiMeo,


Great day for gay Americans

For the majority of gay Americans, most will finally see their dreams come true. President Barack Obama, in his inauguration address, came out and acknowledged that all Americans are indeed “equal under the law.” With his words the civil rights of all citizens must be upheld. The question of one’s sexual preference will some day be a non-issue. Much to the dismay of antiquated thoughts of the Illinois Family Institute, which continues with the age-old biblical rhetoric that one actually chooses his or her lifestyle. As if one has any say so in one’s fate in life. We can thank God, that most can now say, “enough of the bigotry.” Equal rights, are equal rights, no one should be exempt because of one’s nationality, religious convictions, or sexual makeup. And for that, and for President Obama’s declaration, we can say, Amen!

Mike Schauer, Joliet

Obama’s debt problen

It is strange that President Obama is worried about our children’s and grandchildren’s futures when it comes to the climate, something he himself has very little power to change. But he has no regard for their future when it comes to the record debt he has accumulated in his first four years, which he has all the power in the world to control.

Jim Niemiec,

Orland Hills

Best speech for our time

We still can, can’t we? The inaugural speech given by Barack Obama after he accepted the task of leading this broken nation for four more years was possibly the best speech he could have given for this time.

He made the Ayn Rand philosophy, that is being promoted by the new GOP members, the Tea Partiers, the Libertarians, look almost evil! By pointing out repeatedly that those GOP-hated social programs that most of us love in this country (Social Security, Medicare, etc.) are what separate us from slave labor nations and underdeveloped countries, he made the point that these are things that have made us great. It really simplified what our forefathers were trying to instill on this nation, that united we stand divided we will fall

We have a proven philosophy that we all need each other to move forward in this new millennium. It’s obvious now that if we had had a “let them eat cake” attitude in the 1940s we may have never undertaken the task of bringing freedom to enslaved Europe and it’s quite possible that German would have been the universal language of our time. Nothing against Germany, they have become one of our staunchest allies, and are a wonderful people, but we once hated them too.

Obama gives us all hope. In the next four years, Obama may not sway the thinking of those in Congress who just hate him for everything he stands for, but those on the right who hate him must at least recognize the fact that this is a man who represents all of us, cares deeply about our nation, our Constitution, our Bill of Rights etc. And all those before him who took the oath of office must have on this inaugural day told themselves as well, that . . . Yes We Can!

Louis DeRosa,


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