Jesse Jackson Jr. (pictured in 2011) | Charles Dharapak~AP
Updated: March 13, 2013 6:15AM
Lessons of a guilty plea
Jesse Jackson Jr.’s reported guilty plea to federal corruption charges is yet another example of a public figure’s betrayal of trust. The fallout from this saga will continue to have a destructive impact upon countless victims — the public, family and friends. Everyone would do well to attend to the following profound wisdom: If one does not pay meticulous, scrupulous attention to one’s boundaries (whether personal, professional, occupational, or otherwise), all relationships will be ruined.
Leon J. Hoffman, Lake View
Skewed minimum wage research
The problem with Michael Saltsman’s letter [“Higher minimum wages won’t create jobs,” Sunday] is that his organization, Employment Policies Institute, is operated by Berman & Co., a lobbyist group, meaning that their information is more than likely wrong. They are a fiscally conservative group, so of course, they are going to create data or “cook” existing information to support their agenda, even if that information turns out to be completely false.
You will NOT find ANY third party sources that agree with or confirm the information supplied by EPI. In fact, raising the minimum wage actually greatly helps create jobs, as raising the minimum wage results in people making more money, therefore going out and buying more and therefore creating the need for more jobs
Charles Kuyper, Homer Glen
Give government less money
I question Rich Miller’s opinion that a billion-dollar increase to the state tax collection is “good news.” I would argue that $1 billion taken out of households and small business to run a bloated government is “bad news.” I think a billion-dollar decrease to the state would be good news for the citizens and a huge stimulus for the economy.
Increasing government is not the answer. Let the free market work, and let folks keep more of their money.
Invest in our nation’s future
Certain members of Congress and outside pressure groups decry the national debt’s future cost to our economy. They advocate retiring this debt by cutting funds for our nation’s infrastructure, social programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and education.
Delaying the repair of our already crumbling roads, bridges, water systems, etc., will ensure that even more expensive work will be needed in years to come. Americans who are without health insurance and suddenly face extensive health problems will require more spending to meet their needs. Cutting education will leave us with a work force ill-equipped to do the work of the future, thus hampering the growth of our economy.
Focusing solely on austerity and debt reduction will cause our economy to shrink and hamper efforts to reduce that debt. Only by laying the ground work, both figuratively and literally, for our nation’s future can we lower our debt and provide a growing and prosperous economy for future generations.
As we struggle to reduce the long-term cost of our nation’s debt, we must also be aware of the long-term cost of neglecting our infrastructure, social programs, and education.
Karen Wagner, Rolling Meadows