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Letters to the Editor

Kinzinger clearheaded on climate

To the Editor:

I was very excited to read about Adam Kinzinger’s clearheaded views on climate change in “Kinzinger addresses guns, roads, climate during local visit” (8.13.19). 

Congressman Kinzinger argues that government policies incentivizing the private sector to reduce pollution can achieve environmental goals without harming the economy. In fact, Kinzinger’s words neatly summarize the idea of a carbon fee and dividend bill that is before the House of Representatives right now (Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, HR 763).

Fossil fuels would be taxed at the source, driving businesses to seek cleaner energy sources to avoid the tax.  And consumers would reap a second benefit:  They would all receive an equal share of the proceeds of the tax as a monthly “dividend.”

If you are a constituent of Kinzinger, please call, write or email to thank him for his sensible stance on climate change and to urge him to cosponsor HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. With devastating weather disasters becoming more and more frequent, we need that kind of leadership right now.

Karen Campbell


Another Andy and Sophie’s

To the Editor:

Bob Okon recently wrote about Andy and Sophie’s Tavern on Hickory Street and the retirement and sale of the beloved neighborhood tavern. 

There was another Andy and Sophie’s Tavern on the east side of Joliet on Columbia and Garnsey Avenue that was named Partak’s. I remember it well in the 1950s and early 1960s when my parents, John and Clara Matay, would go there. 

It was a typical neighborhood tavern at 651 Garnsey Ave., run by Andy and Sophie Partak, which they took over from his parents, John and Mary. In those days most neighborhoods had a tavern or two, a grocery store and, of course, a church. 

The grocery store was Kochalka, and the church was Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish. It was pretty much a Slovak neighborhood. 

Back then, the children of the patrons would be at the tavern and going in and out to different homes of relatives or neighbors. It kind of reminded me of “Cheers,” “where everyone knew your name.”  

The Partaks raised three children in the house that was attached to the back of the building. Andy and Sophie have passed and the memorable place to congregate had changed hands and appearances throughout the years. On June 14, 2013, a fire ended its life. 

Neighborhoods change, but the memories will always remain. Here is to you, Andy and Sophie, and thank you, Andy Jr. for the excerpts from your book and your lifelong memories. 

Dee Philiph

New Lenox

The Big Chief has spoken

To the Editor:

I can make it easier for those people who are seeking asylum if I can get what I want.

I want the U.S. Congress to set up a special meeting to hear me out. In this meeting I would have only one demand. That demand would be for the U.S. to return all the lands that belonged to my ancestors. I would return all the beads that were given to them. I have all those beads in a leather pouch.

I will be fair to all the white people who live in this country. They can all stay. Big Chief Manuel has spoken. Give me back my country. Give me back my country now!

Manuel Ramirez

Crest Hill

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