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Opinion

Suburban Life Sound Off: Jan. 8-14

Looking out for the taxpayer

I read with great interest your "year end" big stories. Our schools seem to be a hunting ground for sex predators. They want a huge amount of money to do nice things. But what caught my eye is the township supervisor story. In response to having less money, he actually cut costs to make due. That should be a bigger story. Cutting costs in the face of loss of tax dollars is responsible and so unlike the state, which spirals further and further into fiscal annihilation. Thank you, Supervisor [Mark] Thoman, for looking out for the taxpayer. No one else in Illinois seems to be doing this.

Let's attract different businesses

I live in the southern part of Westmont. I have to say that I've never seen the retail space here more unattractive. With the exception of Mariano's, the empty strip malls and poor choices for many of the existing businesses look like urban blight! We don't need any more oil change businesses, auto stores or fast food franchises. It been this way for so long. When is the village going to step up their effort to attract and obtain better businesses?

More soda options needed

Why when I go to a restaurant, bar or pub, they can offer 50 different wines, 50 different beers, and I can't get the brand of soda that I like – considering, realistically, there are only two dominant brands in the soda business? And then I wind up drinking water. Sale loss for that restaurant.

Stop popular vote argument

This silliness about Hillary [Clinton] and the popular vote needs to stop. The United States Constitution and its 12th Amendment are clear that the president and vice president are not picked by simple popular vote, but by electoral vote. Well over 60 years ago, it was trendy for colleges, including my own, to have debates on popular vote versus the electoral vote process. Our system, set up in the 18th century and adjusted by the 12th Amendment in 1804, has stood the test of time. [Donald] Trump beat Hillary, fair and square. The system works.

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