Speak Out: Ban driving with dog in lap
June 12, 2012 2:36PM
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Updated: July 14, 2012 6:10AM
Driving Miss Doggy: I see where New Jersey passed a law that a dog can’t hang its head out the window anymore. It has to be buckled in. I don’t know about that one, but I’ll tell you something: I wish someone would pass a law to get people to get their goofy dog off their lap, hanging on their arm, and interfering with their steering. That’s a heck of a lot more dangerous than having a dog hanging its head out the window.
Vendor haven: I see the corner of Big Timber Road and Illinois 72 is vendor haven again. Now we have a Japanese bonsai tree vendor there. Too bad he doesn’t have to pay rent like the rest of us who run a business.
Teacher contracts: The Courier-News stated that School District U46 is a separate taxing body. Its school board and the people it designates are the ones who represent the public in negotiations with teachers. My question is has the board ever said no to teacher demands? We’re watching Chicago teachers with a pension fund that is $83 billion in debt. The mayor, who represents the people, wants to tweak their contract. They’ve already voted for a strike. I imagine that after the teacher strike, they usually always get what they want. Has anyone ever said no? These school boards designated by U46, are they non-biased? It seems they would be biased. It shows in the contracts. Have they ever said no?
Editor’s note: The $83 billion figure represents the accumulated liability of all five pension systems operated by the state of Illinois.
Stop sticker complaints: To all you people in Elgin who are always griping that we have no city stickers: If you have so much money and don’t know what to do with it, why don’t you give it to charity and leave the rest of us alone?