- Man pleads guilty but mentally ill in 2013 murder
- Telephone, computer network outages at 22 Rockford schools
- Byron native selected as Sailor of the Year for Navy Band Southwest
- Illinois Tollway awards $337 million in contracts, sets budget
- 44 earn bachelor’s degrees at Saint Anthony College of Nursing
- Goodwill opens Donation Express site on Perryville
- Rock Valley College to manage TechWorks program
- University of Illinois at Chicago names chancellor
- Salvation Army to distribute food, toys to nearly 2,000 families
- American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act signed into law
To the Editor: Work together for manufacturing, not socialism rhetoric
I’ve grown tired of the diatribe about “socialism,” big government and “free markets.” Those who blog about these things do so on the Internet built by DARPA, using computers built on technology from the space program. They watch so-called “Tea Party” conventions on TV courtesy of NASA satellites. They go to rallies on roads built and maintained by local, state and federal governments, guided by GPS satellite technology, courtesy of our military.
I could go on about the currency and monetary system, electricity and energy, railroads, police and fire, schools, Medicare, Social Security, bailout of your pension fund, bank, and maybe your company, but you get the idea.
This country is built on the foundation of a working relationship between private enterprise and good government that lays down rules for business, health and safety, and builds the infrastructure necessary for society and economic development.
As a company owner, the new health care and jobs bills will empower me to hire more people and buy new computers and equipment this year to expand my business. As a sitting mayor, the stimulus money helps us manage our infrastructure and keeps police on the beat.
It’s time we begin working together and cooperatively developing solutions. The next time you feel the urge to squeeze the trigger on a bullhorn or hide behind an anonymous ID on a blog, know the difference between MFT and ZBA and how these relate to the DOW so we can work together to create another JOB.
Robert G. Abboud
President, RGA Labs, Inc.
Mayor, Barrington Hills, Ill.
From the April 14-20, 2010 issue