Letters: Is there a shred of sanity
October 26, 2012 9:42PM
Updated: November 29, 2012 6:13AM
Gov. Pat Quinn again is promoting the proposed south suburban airport, as if it were needed, as if the bankrupt airline industry were not totally opposed — as if the limited jobs created would amount to more than temporary construction jobs, as if it would be anything other than a white elephant, like downstate MidAmerica airport.
Quinn wants the Illinois General Assembly to appropriate another $71 million to forcefully take land from unwilling farmers and homeowners for an airport that is years from Federal Aviation Administration approval and probably never will be built.
I have questions for the governor. Who will pay for the airport? SNC Lavalin, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s disgraced Canadian transnational developer with a history of bribing elected officials to promote mega-projects? (I encourage readers to Google, “Lavalin corruption”). Who will pay for surrounding infrastructure, such as new and upgraded roads, bridges, sewer, water, flood control, etc.?
Is the timing of the recent announcement promoting Peotone designed to give Democrats running for office a “jobs program” to tout? Isn’t there a moral issue when the bankrupt state of Illinois wants to borrow another $71 million to forcefully take land and shoot the dice on a risky project while slashing services to the mentally ill, the elderly and children? Governor, is there a shred of sanity left in Illinois state government?
STAND (Shut This Airport Nightmare Down)
Get off your backsides!
On Oct. 7, my wife was hit from behind at the intersection of Route 126 and Ridge Road, the site of too many serious accidents recently.
We want to thank the wonderful professionals at the Plainfield Fire Department and EMS units for their quick response and the Kendall County sheriff’s officers who kept the scene safe until the EMS units arrived. She’s safe now because of your fine work.
That being said, to whom it may concern: Get that intersection fixed. We understand that there are plans in the works to “do something.” Well, get off your collective backsides and actually get it done. How many more people have to get injured because you’re “working on it?”
You should all be held personally responsible for the accidents that occur there. Then, we might see some action rather than more political rhetoric. Stop stalling and fix the problem. As it stands, it’s only going to get worse.
John L. O’Brien
Don’t be bamboozled
Paul Brumbaugh, in his letter (“Ruling is hypocritical,” Sept. 29), wrote regarding the Boy Scouts’ disinclination to allow homosexuals to join the group: “The issue is not about behavior. It’s about a trait with which some people are born.”
Typical pro-homosexual disinformation.
The issue is certainly about behavior. If someone is not engaging in immoral behavior, he or she is doing nothing wrong. Thus, there is no persuasive reason to disallow that someone from joining a group like the Boy Scouts.
We’re all born imperfect. We all have immoral desires, due to our imperfect quasi-animalistic natures. It’s behavior that separates good, imperfectly born people from bad, imperfectly born people. And, really, someone who has a homosexual orientation, but does NOT engage in homosexual sex, that person is clearly not a homosexual. Just like a person, who has (say) a strong and continuing urge to steal but does NOT steal is not a thief.
It’s our behavior which defines us, not our immoral desires.
But homosexuals, and their misguided straight supporters, like to play on your emotions instead of dealing with inconvenient facts. Let’s not let people who favor clearly immoral behavior manipulate us.