1. Richard "Dick" James is an old hack that used to write for the Post-Tribune. He is just one of the rats that scurried off the sinking ship owned by the Sun-Times Group. He's got plenty of company, with several of his fellow hacks now working for the Times. I cancelled my subscription to the Post-Tribune years ago because I got tired of the B.S. that James wrote. Now he's back and torturing us with his liberal screeds.
    February 05, 2013 12:15 am on Griffith being taxed without representation
  2. When I lived in Porter County, the same thing happened to me. I considered selling my home in 2010, and a reputable Real Estate agent appraised it at $194,000. My next reassessment went from $204,000 to $220,000, so I filed an appeal with the county. After seeing my paperwork, the unnamed official handling appeals offered to reduce the valuation to $194,000, which I accepted.

    Two months later, I received a new reassessment of $220,000. The reason given on the notice was, "annual adjustment". So now, I would have to appeal this new figure, but only if I had a new appraisal. At a cost of about $500, I could probably get the figure lowered, so any tax savings I would receive would be more than offset by the appraisal fee.

    The County's tax officials have the average homeowner by the short hairs, and they know it. Unless you have a friend in the assessor's office, you might as well grab your ankles and grin and bear it.
    October 29, 2012 10:37 pm on Check your property tax assessments carefully
  3. OK, you bleeding heart, self-righteous holier-than-thou supreme beings, you've succeeded in excoriating me, but the fact is, Ray. Cornett will never find peace in this world, because his father's killer will never be found. After 62 years, the person responsible is most surely dead. Would it make Mr. Cornett happy if he knew who is burning in H-E-L-L for his father's murder? I seriously doubt it.

    The point of my initial post was to suggest a possible scenario, and that, if the police in 1950 couldn't solve the case, then the odds of figuring it out today are less than nil. Again, I say, Mr. Cornett should cherish the good memories he has of his father, and despite all the wishing in the world, he will never see his dad alive again. Sorry, but that is reality.
    October 28, 2012 11:46 pm on E.C. native seeks information on father's slaying — 62 years later
  4. I just got done reading other articles on-line, and - surprise! - the cause of the (temporary) helium gas shortage is the involvement of the U.S. government bureacracy, specifically, the Bureau of Land Management. When the capitalistic principle of supply and demand is allowed to work, there will be an abundant supply at a fair price. At least nobody's blamed global warming.......yet. LOL
    October 28, 2012 3:40 pm on Helium shortage worldwide affects local businesses
  5. If this article was meant to elicit some sympathy for Mr. Cornett concerning his father's murder, it didn't work for me. Having lived my entire life in the Region, and knowing its sordid history, there's more than enough evidence in the article to figure out what happened. I quote from the piece:

    "He was wearing expensive shoes, a brown gabardine suit and light tan shirt when he was found. Cornett also had no identification with him.

    Marie Cornett told police she last saw her husband at 9 a.m. the day before he died -- when he dropped off some of his paycheck from Inland Steel.

    Newspaper articles from that time period have shed more light on Major Cornett's death, and the distant relative told Raymond that his father had won money at a gambling hall the night before his death".

    So, what happened?

    Fine, upstanding husband and father stops by home after payday and drops off some money, then goes out carousing to the neighborhood den of inequity for a 'night on the town'. gets lucky and wins some dough rolling dice. Gets followed out and he, himself gets rolled and dumped in a desolate field. End of story.

    If Ray wants closure, he should just remember the good times he had with his father, and forget reality.
    October 28, 2012 3:03 pm on E.C. native seeks information on father's slaying — 62 years later
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