Letters to the Editor
Surviving your Thanksgiving drive this year, and making it to next Thanksgiving, can be as simple as buckling up. In the last decade, seat belts saved the lives of more than 100,000 people in the United States. Those people are thankful they wore their seat belts. Won't you wear yours?
I would like to have been in the room when Trustee Patrick Fitzgerald, a former U.S. attorney, was telling Timothy Killeen, the University of Illinois' next president, about corruption in the state.
This week, President Obama will pardon two turkeys to promote the turkey industry. Every one of us can exercise that same pardon power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance. It's a most fitting way to give thanks for our own life, health and happiness.
It's Thanksgiving time again. Already the ads are coming, countdown to Black Friday. The pressure mounts. I know that pressure. I have two daughters, was once homeless and lived paycheck to paycheck. I wanted to ensure their happiness, when times are tough for so many.
I turn to my faith and focus on what is the true meaning of "thanksgiving."
If people opened their eyes and ears instead of following the crowd, if they looked for the experiences and accomplishments of candidates instead of the mud slung by their opponents, if they had the courage to step out of the political lockstep of family, friends and party and think independently, realizing that they are not lemmings, Obama would not be in office.
Goodness — poor Henry Seiter (Nov. 19 letter), apparently in a GOP bunker over in Urbana, still clinging to the delusion that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and that Obama is responsible for the vacuous Kardashians, Custer's last stand, the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg, jock itch. ...
MICHAEL LOYD GRAY
In the Nov. 17 edition of the Chicago Tribune, an article stated that the minimum wage will probably be raised before Bruce Rauner takes the governor's office in January. One of the reasons given: Voters approved of the increase in an advisory referendum on the November ballot. Gov. Pat Quinn says it should be passed because of this.