No praise for Quinn
What has Gov. Quinn accomplished? He has presided over unprecedented year over year cuts to primary and secondary education. He has cut funding for our flagship state universities, while tuition skyrockets. He has cut funding for mental health, dental clinics, higher education and DCFS.
He refers to himself as a populist, yet he has championed and passed a 66 percent increase in the regressive state income tax from 3 to 5 percent, which hits the poor disproportionately.
He has distinguished himself by obstructing and worrying about an 80-cent a month increase in electric rates for the modernization of our electrical distribution infrastructure which will create jobs while Illinois is paying $17 million a day on interest on the pension debt of over $100 billion.
Gov. Quinn has kow-towed to the unions to get elected and has completely ignored the most vulnerable and those most in need of state services. The CEO of our state’s largest manufacturer, Caterpillar, has stated that Illinois’ fiscal problems and lack of political courage and leadership is discouraging new business and jobs.
We can take small comfort that he hasn’t followed Gov. Ryan and Blagovjevich to prison or been indicted.
Laurence J. Nelligan
Gay marriage not the real issue
I found Nancy Lacy’s letter about how we all practically are unanimous regarding gay rights. Well, I haven’t seen any surveys on the issue but I am sure she is correct. I personally, as I am sure many others, are simply tired of hearing about an issue that effects 2 percent of the population.
I would have no issue with gay marriage rights passing the legislature. I also would have no issue if it did not pass.
Now, if all these folks are in favor of gay marriage rights and it passes, let us take up the issue of Obamacare. Survey after survey that I have seen express the result that almost 70 percent of the population does not want this law put into effect and are against so many of the components of this legislation it, based upon Ms. Lacy’s premise, the law should be repealed.
Will that happen? I doubt it. The feelings of the majority no longer come into play. Things are shoved down our throats despite what the surveys read.
So Ms. Lacy, take it easy, the Illinois legislature is so bound up by special interest groups it is amazing that anything at all happens.