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Dear Editor,

Early this year, a city official made the comment: Macomb is moving forward. So you brought in 3 or 4 minimum wage food joints. All this has done is create more stress and hardship in the eating-places already here. Just stop and think how many businesses have closed in the last six months.

Macomb has three major problems:

1. TAXES – Outlandishly high taxes, especially on real estate. It seems like every time you turn around somebody wants to add more tax to something. I heard that McDonough County is one of the five highest tax counties in the state. Why? Maybe our city officials need to take a closer look at how the money from local, state, and federal funds are manipulated.

2. REAL ESTATE – The real estate is totally over-priced. Why do you think there are so many homes for sale? Better yet, start at the old Farm King building, drive down East Jackson, around the square, out West Jackson, and take a long hard look at all of the empty buildings and empty store fronts that at one time held businesses there. High taxes and high priced real estate do not attract new businesses.

3. JOBS – Minimum paying jobs do not help keep the young people in Macomb. What Macomb needs are decent paying jobs like Pella, McDonough District Hospital, NTN Bower Roller Bearing, and Western Illinois University. These places can only provide so many jobs. Speaking of Western, what is going on? The President gets a contract extension, professors get laid off, but more administrative people are hired. Administrative people and the President do not make a university. It is the outstanding professors giving the students a better and stronger education. Do you think the professors who were laid off are going to sit around and wait to see what Western is going to do? No, they will go teach someplace else. Now when you need to fill those teaching jobs, think of all the time and expense for interviews. Are you sure you will get the same quality of professors you had before? No. Also, why is Western so advertised in the Chicago and East St. Louis area?

It’s about time Macomb takes a real look at themselves. Keep on and Macomb will be a retirement community with golf carts running up and down the streets.

Time waits on no one.

Norm Thomas

Macomb Resident

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