Letters to the Editor

Be a citizen
Dear Editor:
  There should be more to citizenship than watching on TV, listening to radio and reading commentators expressing your brand of politics.
  True citizenship is being informed, becoming involved and taking time to get to the polls to vote.
  The mighty Roman Empire fell because of the costs of big government. Detroit declared bankruptcy because of corruption and big government.
  Chicago and the county of Cook are heading in the same direction by re-electing self-serving and dynasty-building politicians.
  Enough already!!!
Mary Cvack
Tinley Park

Thank you, teachers
Dear Editor:
  I would like to reflect a moment on the role of a teacher. God’s most precious gift, a child, is entrusted to a teacher to mold his or her life. The teacher, of course, is not the only person involved in that process. She is, however, the one who everyday for six hours or more must work diligently to teach educational skills, life skills, counsel, nurture, keep the children safe and to do whatever else that is necessary. Today’s world is cluttered with many social and economic problems. Teaching takes on a new role.
  I encourage all teachers not to be discouraged. If you do your best, that is all that counts. There are many people who admire and support you. Remember all the children that will pass through your classroom will have a memory of you. It is hoped that those memories will send those students on a successful course in life. It is further hoped you will have fond memories of those students.
  You are shaping the future of our country by your dedication to teaching. You can be proud of yourself as you are an integral part of the formation of new leaders and workers — a legacy beyond the monetary. We are proud of all of you.
  Be proud of who you are and what you do but also be humble enough to be of service to all! May the 2013-2014 school year bring out the best in everyone!
Marlene Jezorski
Oak Lawn

Time for pension reform
Dear Editor:
  Taxpayers should be watching with great interest the ongoing work of the special committee of the Illinois General Assembly wrestling with the tough, but essential issue of pension reform. While we are encouraged by early reports of the committee’s work, it does not dent the frustration of millions of Illinoisans who believe the time for reform was long, long ago.
  However, taxpayers should also be well aware that a large number of Illinois legislators have already stood up for them by supporting strong pension reform legislation. They have taken the tough vote to restore economic sanity to the State’s finances by voting for meaningful bills. Unfortunately, too many of their colleagues to date have taken the easy way out and we are still awaiting passage of a reform bill.
  Senate GOP Leader Radogno, Senator Bill Cunningham, Representative Jim Durkin, and Representative Kelly Burke deserve immense credit for voting for real pension reform. They voted for billions of dollars of savings for current taxpayers and future generations. Illinois simply cannot return to fiscal stability without stabilizing the worst-funded pension system in the nation. They recognized this reality and acted responsibly on behalf of their constituents.

  As our unemployment rate continues as the second highest in the nation, taxpayers are right to question our legislature’s ability to address the critical issues facing our state. But remember, many individual legislators such as Senate GOP Leader Radogno, Senator Bill Cunningham, Representative Jim Durkin, and Representative Kelly Burke have already stood up. They simply need more help.
Todd Maisch
Executive Vice President
Illinois Chamber of Commerce