Letters: Thanks for benches
February 22, 2013 10:40PM
Updated: March 25, 2013 6:12AM
Have you been to downtown Lockport lately? The benches have been repositioned. They are up against the buildings. We no longer have to sit with our backs up against the street with the sun pounding down on us or sitting in the rain. We can have a view of the whole downtown while sitting under a canopy.
We appreciate Kelly Turner and the city council members who supported this improvement to our downtown.
End may be near
Right now, in 2013, appears in the heavens, an asteroid zooming through space, with a long trail of fire, visible throughout our planet, causing chaos, and finally exploding in a small town in Russia. The asteroid caused widespread disaster, and scared people who had nowhere to run.
Another asteroid missed us by 17,000 miles.
My mother saw Halley’s Comet in the early 1900s. Mom explained to us that the sighting occurred near a mountain where they lived in Mexico. She explained the comet was passing by, my grandmother was shouting, “Get down on your knees and pray.” She told everybody it was the end of the world. Before she died, my mother saw Halley’s Comet again. She told family that she was awed by the comet — by seeing it both times.
Back to the present — in Russia people were running to and fro, stating it was the end of the world. Well, the Bible clearly indicates future catastrophes as a sign of the last days. It states that heavenly sightings and showers of meteors.
The Bible indicates that these sightings and destructive earthquakes will happen in the last days. Could it be that God’s wrath is already letting us know that violation and disobedience of God’s law and that we need to change our ways now.
Felipe “Phil” Garcia
Rise in wages will backfire
Gov. Pat Quinn’s claim that raising Illinois’ minimum wage by more than 20 percent will boost the economy and create jobs has been proven wrong on numerous occasions.
Eighty-five percent of the most credible economic studies on the minimum wage from the last two decades point to job loss following such a wage hike. And the hardest-hit demographic will be Illinois teenagers, who already face a 27 percent unemployment rate.
Illinois has one of the highest minimum wages in the country. Gov. Quinn is entitled to his opinion, but the facts are indisputable — minimum-wage increases harm the people they’re intended to help.
Employment Policies Institute