Worth resident will choose McElroy on April ballot

Dear Editor,

Our village elections are upon us once again. As we can see by the signs being displayed in Worth there are contested races for both mayor and trustee. Come April 9 we will have to make a decision on which candidate for mayor and which trustees we want running the village. While these are decisions we must all make for ourselves I have some personal experiences I wish to share.

I have had the privilege of working with the village’s Economic Development Commission (EDC) for the past two-plus years. The trustee that chairs that commission is Colleen McElroy. I have seen Colleen, along with all the EDC members, work tirelessly to improve the economic infrastructure of Worth. Her energy and desire to improve our village is what inspired me to volunteer and help out. Economic development is very difficult, especially in these hard times, but not only has Colleen and the EDC worked to bring new business into Worth, they have also opened lines of communication with existing business to ensure they will stay in town for years to come.

Most recently, Colleen has applied for and received a grant from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.  This grant will review Worth’s short- and long-range economic plan with focus on transit-related development as well as senior living and transportation.

Economic development goes beyond just bringing in new businesses. Over the past two years Colleen and the EDC have helped organize a Veteran’s Job Fair, the 2nd annual Bavarian Rest for Neat Repeats/Crisis Center of South Suburbia, village-wide garage sale, and coming this year a farmers market.

While I understand that every person must make up their own minds on who to vote for, I encourage the residents of Worth to consider re-electing Colleen McElroy for village trustee. Her hard work, dedication and passion for our town are something I feel we need to continue moving Worth into the future.

Kevin Ryan,

Some day her prince will come

Dear Editor:

Someday we will have a new President, and he will tell us when he makes his inaugural address that he finds it a privilege to be elected to this high office.

He will express appreciation for our Constitution as to its intellectual underpinnings, and for the limited powers given to each branch of government.

He will remind us that the Founding Fathers set it up this way because of their experience with King George, and thus wanted to protect future generations from such tyranny.

This new President will also be attuned to free market enterprise as the best way to prosper according to each individual's ambition and intelligence. He would respect the sovereignty of each person and expect him to obey the moral laws of God. As John Adams said "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other."

Consequently, this new President would repeal the abortion laws, and encourage the states to do likewise because they are fundamentally a case of murder, as well as a repudiation of the Declaration's "right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness."

This new President will remind us that the main purpose of Washington is to protect our liberties (a la The Bill of Rights), and to protect us from "enemies both foreign and domestic."

It is in our very genes to expect these principles from our elected officials; and if this change happens and we go back to what it really means to be an American, it can't come soon enough for me.

Mildred L. Para
Evergreen Park

Violent mentality is worse than guns

Dear Editor:

Undoubtedly, there is a great need for gun control but that is not the only thing needed. We need to change the violent mentality that has invaded our society. Children are born innocent. Circumstances and exposure to violence as they grow mold their personality. Who they pal around with can affect their actions. Their minds should be fed with positive not negative things. Education provides the tools for becoming a self-sufficient adult. Realistic priorities should be set. They need to be taught right from wrong, respect for life, responsibility for their actions and consequences for doing wrong. Self respect and self discipline are ingredients for a successful life. They need to be loved and to know that they are lovable and capable. Maybe I sound unrealistic. However, where do you start but at the beginning?

I am always saddened when I read or hear about another killing. We are always in a state of mourning for lives lost in a senseless act of violence. May God grant peace to the families and friends of all of the innocent victims. Their loved ones have left their footprints in this world as they have pulled at our heart strings and have become a catalyst for change in our life style. God Bless!

Marlene Jeziorski
Oak Lawn

Utility meters are homeowners' property

Dear Editor:

L et's clear up this "smart meter" nonsense. No city owns your house.

N o city owns or provides your electrical service. No city owns your electric meter. The meter is the private property of the homeowner, paid for at the time the house was built.

T he homeowner, desiring electric service, has to, at his own expense, provide equipment for that purpose. The electric utility only provides hook up to the homeowners equipment, per code. Cities have nothing to do with it.

I t seems that there is a sinister plan to replace standard meters with questionable radio controlled microwave devices, so some unknown entities can control and monitor you power usage at will. The utilities are going to ignorant and unsuspecting local governments to push through their agendas.

T he city of Naperville appears to be guilty of criminal trespass, confiscation of private property, invasion of privacy, and false arrest.

W e need some sharp lawyers to file an injunction and restraining order to prevent smart meter installation, rather that wait five to 10 years for this to go through the ridiculous court system.

J ust some more unnecessary government regulations. Who is making the money on this? Wake up people!!!

Paul Kristofek
Hickory Hills

Senator advocates 'common sense' gun laws

Dear Editor:

A week after performing in her high school band at President Obama's inauguration, 15-year-old honor student Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed.

H adiya's story captured the attention of media and politicians finally focused, post-Newtown, on gun violence and the toll it takes on our communities. Yet she is only one of the hundreds of children killed each year with firearms - hundreds of victims, nameless and faceless to the media but mourned by parents, sisters, brothers and friends.

T hat is why I'm co-sponsoring a state-level ban on further sales of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. I also support universal background checks on would-be gun purchasers: a policy even 74 percent of National Rifle Association members favor. And I believe guns should be registered like cars. It's time - no, it's past time - for common sense gun legislation in response to the reality that children are dying because deadly weapons are so readily available.

I support common sense gun control not only as a legislator, but as a citizen. I've been involved with this issue for the last 10 years since I marched with Rev. Michael Pfleger around Chuck's Gun Shop. I've also worked with Purpose Over Pain, an organization of parents who have lost sons and daughters to violence. I know from my 10 years of engagement that we must stand united across geographic and partisan lines if we are to protect our children from wanton violence.

W e live in a war zone. Nationwide, 95,000 Americans have been murdered with guns since the Afghan War began in 2001 in contrast to the 6,500 American soldiers who have died in both the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts. In 2012 in Chicago, of the 505 mostly black and Latino murder victims, 108 were youths under 20 years of age.

T he time for action is now. President Obama has made curtailing gun violence a top priority on his legislative agenda. Mass shootings such as the one in Newtown, though rare compared to the countless attacks that claim lives one or two at a time, have focused national attention on the shameful fact that in this land of freedom and plenty, we still live in fear for ourselves and our children. We must act, and I hope this time we will.

Jacqueline Y. Collins
State Senator, 16th District