What kind of fool did Illinois elect to be a U.S. senator? Apparently, Mark Kirk wants to allow a weasel (Aaron Schock) who screwed taxpayers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to continue as a “frontman” for the Republican Party and Illinois. Am I missing something? What is about a narcissistic punk that was more interested in showing off on Faceback and Instagram that a senator would continue to support him? If Sen. Kirk doesn’t have the common sense to keep thoughts like this to himself, maybe he should resign along with this former “boy wonder” from Peoria.
John Schow, Gold CoastSEND LETTERS TO: letters @suntimes.com. Please include a phone number for verification purposes and a hometown or neighborhood.
Put an end to assault on Medicare
With hundreds of billions of dollars taken from the Medicare Advantage (MA) program in 2010 as a result of health care legislation that was passed, the thought of any further funding reductions is very troubling. As an MA participant, I have a firsthand understanding of just how useful and important this program is for senior citizens. If more reductions are made to MA, premiums and co-pays will likely increase. Of course, I do not like that possibility at all, and I know that millions of other participants feel exactly the same way.
As a diabetic, I cannot go without my health insurance plan. If my health care costs were to increase, I would have to take money from other places in my budget, which would be devastating. With so many senior citizens living on fixed incomes, I know that I am not alone in my concerns. Millions of seniors count on MA for their health care and they, too, would experience financial hardship if they had to pay more.I have already written my representative asking him to oppose any future action to reduce funding for our MA program. There are other options for reducing federal spending that do not involve negatively affecting the health and well-being of so many senior citizens in Chicago, throughout the Midwest, and across the United States. My hope is that more citizens, of all ages, reach out to their representatives to ask for assistance on this issue.Mary Greer, GalewoodRauner’s plan
With all the moves our current governor fromWinnetkahas made since his election,the Illinois Republican Party needs to start looking for a new gubernatorial candidate for 2018. No, not because Gov. Bruce Rauneris doomed because of histaking onthe union bosses, slashing millions of dollars from the state’s budget, which will cripple local governments across the state, or even cutting essential services that will hurtthe poorandlocationallychallenged. In fact,Raunermost likely would do well in a re-election bid despite these “tough choices.”
No, the Illinois GOPneedsto find a new candidate because Raunerwill not seek re-election. Smart politicians and businessmen alike make long-term plans for more prosperous careers.It is no coincidence thatRauneris using the same playbook Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker used to create the perfect right-to-work state in the birthplace of America’s largest trade union of public employees in the United States. It is also no coincidenceour governor, despite receiving fund-raising support, recently criticized the state of New Jersey, the home of potential presidential heavyweight Chris Christie.Whether or notRauneris correct in stating New Jersey is “going down the drain,” whatis clear isRaunerhas chosen Scott Walker to be “the best and brightest for the job” for U.S. president.
Rauner, a former investor, cannot help but pick who he thinks will win in 2016. It appears as though he thinks Walker will be the union-busting, non-education-having, future face of the Republican Party and leader of our nation. If that future indeed comes true, andRaunerwere to fork over a few million dollars (as he is known to do in elections,) it is not completely unreasonable for a President Scott Walker to nominateRaunerfor secretary of the treasuryor chairman of the Fed, or possibly a running mate. To that end,Raunerwould never need to run for re-election in Illinois, the RepublicanPartyhere would have time to distance itself fromRauner’spolicies, and we all would have to live with the terrible reality that Scott Walker would be our president.
Georgia Jefferson, Lake View
Say yes to veggie burgers
The popularity of veggie burgers is ascending, and in the imminent future they will supplant beef burgers. Veggie burgers are more savory, and they canbe madewith soy, black beans, mushrooms, grains, lentilsand manyother fortifying ingredients. They do not derive from cruelty to animals and they do notcause pollution, deforestation, water shortages and global warming. Veggie burgers will become as American as apple pie. Hellish slaughterhouses will close and animals will not have to die.Brien Comerford, Glenview