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Updated: October 18, 2012 6:04AM

Decries government
use of taxes to
harm businesses

There ought to be a law. Oh, that’s right, there is. It’s called the U.S. Constitution. Nowhere in it do I find the right of government to use taxes to compete and destroy private businesses, yet I witness that happening on a regular basis.

Clint Bolick wrote a book on it, “Grassroots Tyranny,” (1993). In the book he gives evidence of how government, at all levels, can impose tyranny on its citizens. When big business colludes with government for control over the masses, it is called fascism. Local governing bodies usually do it through a technique we label, “collectivism.”

This is sold as a benefit for the good of the majority of the people. (which is a lie in itself) With this power, un-elected bureaucrats can rule and ruin your life, your business, your property, your schools, churches and freedom to choose. In short, individual rights be damned.

Unfair government competition needs to be reigned in. No, stopped. (I can’t afford it). When the Vaughn Recreational Center opened, my rec club went under, along with several others.

Vaughn is a government agency. It’s safety net is my tax dollars. There was no government bail for me or I suspect the businesses that went under. In an ideal world, this would be a crime. Tax funded government bureaus inevitably slide into never ending expansion of the system.

Now comes the center reaching into churches to bolster their membership. I translate this to mean, business is down, job security in peril. If that is he case, what I want to see is a “For Sale” sign, not a special appeal to a “select” group of people in order to maintain their preferred clientele. The whole notion that the Park District should step outside its role as a provider of community facilities to serve a particular group of people is wrong.

Weren’t park districts organized to provide parks with baseball, football and soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, bike trails, walking paths, all free and open to everyone. (Why not swimming pools also). Ventures such as country clubs, golf courses, restaurants, enclosed sporting areas for fees, plus membership, cross that line.

As a non user, what benefit are they to me? The Park District isn’t handing out vouchers to provide me with freedom of choice. It has become just another public school operation, use it or loose it. That cancels out my pursuit of happiness.

Joan Solms


State should rethink
worker’s comp laws

Lately you’ve been hearing a lot about “in sourcing jobs back to Illinois” from our political leaders. It doesn’t take a political bureaucrat to see that we are still seeing a large number of individuals either unemployed or underemployed with no real end in sight.

Our political leaders are not seeing the real issue for the failed job-creation programs in Illinois. What’s the real dilemma? Well, a big reason is the fact that Illinois has the worst Worker’s Compensation Laws in the country. This is a significant point regarding job creation.

Example, an employee can claim a work injury regardless of whether the injury actually occurred at the current place of employment. An employee can claim a worker’s comp claim despite the fact that the injury in reality is an aggravated medical condition not even work related. This can be considered a Workers’ Compensation Claim against the employer.

Is this right or even ethical?

Let me be clear, an employer should do everything they can to make safe working conditions for their employees. An employer should take full responsibility if an injury took place at work. No employer should subject anyone to unsafe work conditions or put employees in harms way.

We have Federal laws and regulations that insure a safe working environment for employees. However, our current state laws and regulations are heavily one sided and not employer friendly.

The way the law works now, the employee can claim an injury with no or little proof against that it actually occurred at work. How does that help job creation? It doesn’t.

The high cost of Worker’s Compensation Claims hurts business and discourages companies staying in the state of Illinois. No tax breaks could ever offset the high cost of workers’ compensation to a small business owner. The same laws that are in place to protect and serve us are hurting small to medium size businesses.

The state of Illinois needs to really rethink its policies regarding workers’ compensation and taxes in order to be competitive with job creation.

John M. Aguilar


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