House Republicans Hammer Taxpayers

It’s been pretty clear since Barack Obama was elected president that the Republican Party has been going out of its way to block everything Obama tries to do. They’ve done that with everything, from healthcare to raising taxes on the super rich making more than $500,000 in taxable income a year. (By the way, when…

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State Government Should Provide Help for Business

Editor: Despite recent job gains nationally that helped reduce the national unemployment rate to 8.6 percent, Illinois’ unemployment rate remains mired in double digits, meaning that hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans are not working. While government does not create jobs, it can help foster an economic climate that encourages job creation and investment by the…

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Despite Attack, Priest Wants To Continue

We are in an age where heroes don’t seem to exist. Oh, there are rebellious rock stars who skyrocket to success and later become yesterday’s news. But we hear little about real heroes anymore. With the glare of the media spotlight, the constant cable TV chatter, social media creatures and Tweet this and Tweet that, if…

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Deregulation for Small Biz Is Identity Theft

Editor: Running an auto repair shop, I know it’s important to have clear rules of the road for how and when to repair and maintain vehicles, and clear, justifiable emissions standards. These standards and rules help keep drivers safe, keep vehicles running clean to protect our environment and public health, and provide businesses like mine…

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New Year Is Not Good for Dominick’s

Editor I am saddened that the Dominick’s store at 87th and Cicero, Oak Lawn, will close on Jan. 1. I have shopped at that store since its opening some 30 plus years ago. The staff was always pleasant, helpful, courteous, and respectful to me. I empathize with them. The closing of the store is a…

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Lots of Reasons To Fear Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich is rising in the polls, but not because he’s such a sparkling candidate for Republicans or alternative to President Barack Obama. Sure, he is the best the Republicans can offer, which is not much when you assess the array from the combative Ron Paul to the flip-flopping Mitt Romney. And the crown for…

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Ignoring Group Would Be the Smart Choice

Editor: The op-ed piece published on Dec. 12 (ÒBarack Obama: Don’t Put Women Back”) telling Obama what he should not do was full of stupid statements, calling something discrimination that denies that which is not health care from a health care plan. Catholics for Choice is no more a Catholic organization than our government. Catholic…

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Bad Choice Made For ‘Catholic’ Viewpoint

Editor: I have subscribed to the Southwest News-Herald for more years than I can remember. Our family has always enjoyed reading about our community and views on the Viewpoints page. The Dec. 2 edition, however, brings question to the motives of publishing the comments from Jon O’Brien, who represents Catholics for Choice. Catholics for Choice…

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While visions of Jewel-Osco numbers danced annoyingly in my head

I love to shop at grocery stores. It’s a lot like shopping at the hardware stores. Jewel is my favorite, although I continue to fight against the computer self-check out sections. (Those computers always give me a hassle.) But I have been collecting those little green playing cards that Jewel gives you when you buy…

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