Openline: JOHA offices ‘the best’
January 6, 2012 9:02PM
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Updated: February 10, 2012 8:15AM
Big thanks to JOHA
Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates West, JOHA East, Iris, Cynthia and everyone else there — you are the best.
Mary Jane Bender
Boehner not in control
The current speaker of the House of Representatives is John Boehner. His job is to control the majority and the flow of proposals for enacting laws. Boehner does not have control of his people. He makes policy decisions and agreements with the Senate or the administration and then (U.S. Rep. Eric) Cantor rallies enough Republican members to intimidate him into reneging on his word. This happened on two notable occasions. The first was the deficit agreement with Obama. The second was the payroll tax break. He had to settle for a two-month extension. He couldn’t get his own people to even bring it to a vote. Is it politics at any cost? Remember the Republican mantra: Do anything to make Obama look weak. The Republican Party is holding the American people hostage.
Christmas spirit alive
I’m just responding to the Dec. 22 OpenLine by Art Stamm who makes a contention that the meaning of the Christmas season no longer exists. I disagree, Art. I see a lot of people this Christmas season going out of their way to give to The Salvation Army, their local churches, Toys for Tots and the food pantries. We have a lot to be grateful for. Look around and open your eyes and see the fact that there is the right meaning to the season.
I agree with the Dec. 22 editorial that states our state legislature was too quick to give into the demands of Sears and CME for tax cuts. If the state had been wise enough to keep taxes on businesses competitive with that of other states, we wouldn’t have this problem. The lost income could be made up by passing graduated income taxes on individuals. Such a tax would be fair. High-income families would pay a higher individual tax but would pay a lower tax on business income. This would attract more businesses to locate and stay in Illinois.
Cuts to us, not Iraq?
One hundred percent of Republicans on Oct. 11 rejected the Jobs Act. On Oct. 20, 100 percent rejected Teachers and First Responders Back-to-Work Act, creating 400,000 jobs. On Nov. 3, 100 percent Republican Senate rejected the Rebuild America Act, cutting 450,000 jobs for Americans. On Dec. 8, 98 percent of the GOP Senate rejected middle class tax cuts for 160 million Americans. Yet we are giving Iraq and Afghanistan $120 billion to rebuild their infrastructure.
Let hunters cull deer
I just want to say you OpenLine people are nuts. Let us go hunting. Why do people think that everything is bad? PETA means people eating tasty animals. Just think, how many of them people go fishing? They rip up a fish, put it on the grill and have a family supper. Doesn’t PETA violate the rules? Excuse me. Give me a break here. Do they have one set of rules for this and one set of rules for that? Somebody better figure out what’s going on. I’m sorry about the deer culling. I don’t like it. Let us hunters go out and get them. And if we don’t get them, let the conservation police go out and get them. That would be a good thing.
Cut vote fraud with ID
Illinois needs a state voter ID law to prevent voter fraud. Experience in other states prove ID requirements do not reduce voter turnout. Polls show overwhelming support for voter ID laws across all ethnic and racial lines. Despite the passage of the MOVE Act, many overseas military personnel were unable to vote because states like Illinois were not in compliance. Illinois Democrat politicians allow illegal aliens and dead people to vote but not military personnel.