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Opinion

Suburban Life Sound Off: Oct. 22-28

Agreeing with 'Fun event for seniors'

I couldn’t agree more. I was there too [for the Sunday Fun-Day], and it was really a fun afternoon. I am grateful for the Lisle Senior Center.

A study in economics

If you consider yourself better off because of the present economy, consider the following. ... Most of the money in our rising economy is going to fewer than 10 percent of the people of our country, the wealthy and large corporations. Only a small amount of the money generated by the strong economy reaches the middle class – even less for the lower middle class and the poverty stricken. Wages have not increased significantly, but costs have increased at an alarming rate. The cost of food, clothing, transportation, automobiles, schooling, health care and medicine, home building and renovation, along with all other construction, are all higher. In addition, there are higher property taxes – and the list goes on. ... Also, when one sees an increase in the number of jobs, it is important to note that many of these jobs are at minimum wages. If you analyze the economy, it is helping the wealthy but not the overall general population. So before you vote in November, consider the many things that are important in your lives beyond the booming economy.

'Curious' claims

I notice a lot of Democrat candidates are attacking Republican candidates by having a person discuss a disease that he or she suffers or parents discussing the disease that their child suffers. Then, the person tells how a Republican candidate is a horrible person voting to allow insurance companies to avoid covering pre-existing consolidations or supporting that change to the Obamacare law. But the person never says, "I lost my job, and the insurance offered by my new employer declined to cover my condition that my prior insurance covered," or "I switched insurance carriers to get a less expensive premium or better coverage, not knowing that my chronic illness would no longer be covered." I find that very, very curious and maybe a little less than truthful about the seriousness of the issue.

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