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What about Winchester? I read the article in the News-Sun regarding the new palace, or the new courthouse, for the judges, lawyers, and criminals will be finished by mid 2015. The new Winchester House was supposed to be finished in 2012. Where’s the new Winchester House deal at?

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Welcome in my neighborhood: Jerry Hobbs and Juan Rivera are welcome to live in my neighborhood and I’m sure other people with brains would welcome them, too.

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Stand-up guy: I’d like to commend 4th Ward Alderman Harold Beadling for being a stand-up guy. It’s obvious this guy loves and cares about Waukegan because I see him everyday downtown and around his ward making sure it’s clean. It really shows that he cares.

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Spend wisely: People spend large amounts of money by joining gyms to exercise and stay healthy. But they also spend large amounts of money to hire someone to mow their grass and do all their yard work. It probably makes sense to them. But, whatever happened to the old adage, “Never pay someone to do what you can do for yourself?”

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Not-so-smart mom: I just love it when I see a car with a “Baby on board” in the window and she’s going 25 miles over the speed limit. She stops at a red light to put on her make-up and is talking on her cellphone with her baby in the car. Wow, talk about an intelligent mother. You need a license to fish and drive, but you don’t need a license to have a kid. Unbelievable.

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Enforce the laws: Would there really be a need to raise property taxes if Waukegan would enforce the ordinances that they have on the books, such as loud music costing $300 per ticket? They have money, but they don’t want to hire cops yet, they want to raise our property taxes.

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Costner irony: Do other area residents see the irony of the movie “Draft Day”? Kevin Costner plays a general manager of a professional sports team who will do whatever is necessary for his team to succeed. This compared to his real-life lack of involvement in letting his own Lake County Fielders team go down the tubes?

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Cruel move: I don’t think removing cigarettes from soldiers fighting overseas makes any sense. It is hard enough for one to quit smoking under the most ideal situation. Removing cigarettes from the valiant men and women on the front lines is cruel. How often do you sneak a smoke, Mr. 0bama?

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Hole in the wall: Regarding the article “Change for the better.” Zion needs to get the state police and the national guard to go through all of those Section 8 housing projects and arrest every thug that’s living in those dumps.

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Kudos to athletes: Congratulations to North Chicago High School. You’ve made us all very proud. All the athletes in Lake County have conducted themselves as professionals and adults. I wish them all a bright future in the pearls of whatever road they may travel. Thank you so much, Lake County athletes.

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Why the gas hike? I just received my bill from North Shore Gas. The last bill I received said the cost of natural gas per therm was going up from roughly 55 cents a therm to 88 cents a therm. Now on this bill, it says the rate is going up to $1.22 cents a therm.

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Ice-fishing litter: I am a Gages Lake homeowner and am shocked to see ice fishermen leave several of their buckets on the ice to just fall into the lake as the lake thaws. Shame on you.

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Kind young man: I would like to thank the young man at the Lovell Center for helping me when nobody else seemed to want to bother. I couldn’t locate my car because the valet had parked it and when I went to get it back, he was gone. So, this young man took the time and took me to the police station inside the building. Thank you so very much again.

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Lost jobs: It’s interesting how Barbara Martin minimizes the loss of business office jobs at Vista Hospital. While the number of people being affected is much less than 33, Vista staff has mentioned 24 jobs lost. I’m sure it was a major catastrophe for those being terminated and their families.

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Great job: Mayor Rockingham, the North Chicago Streets Department and the city workers all have done a super job of cleaning our streets during the great snow storms. Thank you and may the Lord bless you for all your hard work.

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Deadbeat tenants: I‘m speaking as a former tenant and landlord. There are some lazy landlords and/or slumlords, but the majority of landlords are not lazy and are not slumlords. When you see properties not being kept cleaned or maintained, the majority of the time it’s because of the lazy deadbeat slum tenants who keep tearing up the property every time the landlord fixes it.