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Tax or cut, but fix state financial mess

George Orwell wrote dystopian novel 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' (Secker Warburg)  | Supplied photo

George Orwell wrote the dystopian novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" (Secker and Warburg) | Supplied photo

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Updated: March 1, 2013 7:40PM

Tax or cut, but fix state financial mess

Thanks for your excellent coverage of Illinois government’s financial mess. Though I’m a true blue Democrat, I vow not to vote for a single Democrat running for state office who refuses to take on our debt burden.

I don’t care if my taxes go up or if spending goes down. It’s really become a moral issue that we cannot pay our bills and risk massive social spending cuts because of the short-sighted shenanigans in Springfield.

I wish the Republicans would offer candidates who combined progressive social policies with conservative economics while believing in, say, evolution.

But alas, that appears to be too much to expect.

Arthur G. Sullivan,

Lake Bluff

Worse than Orwellian

Right on the heels of causing Illinois to receive the worst credit rating in the country, the state’s politicians celebrated another turning of the cog in the state’s destruction. Quinn, Emanuel, Preckwinkle and the rest of the usual suspects celebrated giving illegal immigrants driver’s licenses. If George Orwell had written this as a book, he would have been laughed at.

Bill Stecich,

West Elsdon

Uptown pigeons make a real mess

The pigeon problem in Uptown is no joke. They are a menace and a huge health hazard. Ald. James Cappleman is only doing his job by taking on this issue. He is trying to make our neighborhood safe and clean.

My condo association had to spend thousands of dollars to keep pigeons off our roof decks and air conditioning and heating units. This was due in part to one neighbor who insists on keeping large bird feeders on her property. And this is in addition to the individuals who regularly “feed the birds” by throwing bags of seeds, bread crumbs, etc., on the sidewalk on our block.

We need to control this problem. I for one appreciate the alderman’s efforts.

Mary Ann Daley, Uptown

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