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Updated: March 26, 2013 9:31AM

Applaud good deeds

In response to Jo Rickert’s “Don’t Plow the Trail”:

Jo, I would like to point out that the intent of my letter, about the shoveling of the trail, was to praise a good deed. Unfortunately, in this day and age there is seldom a good deed to report on.

I wanted The Beacon-News readers to see that good things happen in Aurora and not just the usual negative news. This man did this out of the kindness of his heart and meant no harm to anyone.

Let’s not forget that the trail belongs to all of us including skiers, walkers, cyclists and runners. People choose to use the trail year-round and have every right to do so. The path that was shoveled into the snow and ice was approximately one-third of the width of the trail, leaving plenty of snowy area to ski on.

Let’s remember not to nitpick when a person does a good deed. Enough nitpicking will lead to a person not doing any more good deeds. What kind of world would that be to live in?

Thank you again, Mr. Christian, for your kindness and thinking of others!

Stefanie Fitzsimons


Pension concerns

Revenue Crisis, not Pension Crisis. That was the proposed title of my recent letter to the editor published Feb. 19 in The Beacon. Because of the length of my first letter, several key points were omitted from my letter. Let me try again.

At a forum in January, presented by state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia and John Laesch, with Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice, Illinois pension concerns were addressed. Three presenters gave practical solutions to increase Illinois revenue in three clear-cut ways. I encourage each of you to contact your state representative and senator and encourage them to explore these three possibilities for increased revenue. Video clips of the presentations are available for your viewing and for you to recommend to your representatives.

Dr. Bill Barclay proposed a $1 tax on transactions at the Chicago Board of Trade. This dollar transaction would earn $6 billion in revenue per year:

Dr. Jean Pierce explained the gains available with a gradual income tax. Pierce detailed Illinois’ funding of education nationwide:

Dr. Ron Baiman spoke on the topic, Closing Tax Loopholes in Illinois: Baiman’s presentation resulted in many important facts, but of great impact was his statement that “… roughly 74 percent of Illinois’ FY 2013 unfunded pension liability over the next 33 years could be paid for by closing these six corporate tax loopholes.”

Here are three solutions to secure funding that Illinois DID NOT secure for its public employees. Teachers do not receive Social Security. Our pension, paid for on a faithful basis, is our source of income in retirement. I encourage you to contact your state representatives and ask them to investigate these three proposals. Let your voice be heard.

Katie DeSotell


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