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TALKING POINTS: Progressive income taxes

Jim French
Jim French

Should wealthier citizens pay a greater share of their income in taxes in Illinois? Some of our politicians are trying to make it a big election year issue.

Competing sides are already coming out with claims purporting to show the advantages or disadvantages of a progressive income tax.

Good luck with getting Illinois voters to take it seriously let alone understand the ramifications of both sides of the issue.

Come on candidates, come up with something interesting and simple, like maybe promising to fix every pothole in the state without raising taxes.

Pothole crisis

This crisis continues to prompt letters to the editor across the state and hopefully some intelligent complaining to the politicians responsible for the upkeep of our roads and highways.

Maybe motorists could go a step further and send their repair bills for shocks, struts, tires and ball joints to their respective elected leaders at the local and state level.

Hopefully Starved Rock Country doesn’t lose too many tourists this year due to the conditions of many of our streets and highways.

Eighth-grade graduation

Many school districts, families and students still celebrate eighth-grade graduation and although it’s an accomplishment it’s not likely any of the graduates are headed for the family farm, the factory or anywhere else in the labor force these days. Not very many 14-year-olds are ready for truck driving school either. Most, if not all will have to wait a couple years to join the active duty military.

Oh, there might be a few graduating from eighth grade who probably could ace an SAT test or move on to college or trade school skipping high school altogether.

For nearly all youngsters eighth-grade graduation is one step on the road to high school and beyond; to be celebrated to be sure.

Good luck to all our Starved Rock Country eighth-grade graduates this spring.

Here’s hoping you, your family and friends enjoy the celebration.

In sports

A big shout out to all the school boy and girl athletes this year who put on their school colors for their school communities and fans.

Regardless of wins and losses you’ve all done your communities proud and for those involved on teams that will play well into June, good luck in the playoffs.

For those of you graduating, good luck.

We’ll see the rest of you next fall.

JIM FRENCH, of Ottawa, is retired after 43 years in radio broadcasting, including 33 in Ottawa. You can reach him through The Times by emailing

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