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Speak Out for Oct. 18, 2012

The Space Shuttle Endeavour is slowly moved across Interstate 405 by ToyotTundrFriday Oct.12 2012 Los Angeles. The shuttle is its

The Space Shuttle Endeavour is slowly moved across Interstate 405 by a Toyota Tundra, Friday, Oct.12, 2012, in Los Angeles. The shuttle is on its last mission — a 12-mile creep through city streets. It will move past an eclectic mix of strip malls, mom-and-pop shops, tidy lawns and faded apartment buildings. Its final destination: California Science Center in South Los Angeles where it will be put on display. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Updated: November 19, 2012 3:11PM



It cost $10 million to tow space shuttle Endeavour through the streets of Los Angeles. Ten million dollars could have bought a lot of food for a lot of people. What an incredible waste of money!

A man on my street has seizures. The Oak Lawn Fire Department is called for their ambulances rather often. I want to commend how the paramedics take care of him and his children. They take the time to tell the children that their dad is going to be OK and comfort them. We are lucky to have them. They do a wonderful job.

Oak Lawn

The Speak Out commenter who has had five years of weekly visits with a therapist for mental health care paid for is one of the lucky ones. I’ve got a so-called Cadillac policy, which tops outpatient benefits for mental health care at $2,500 a year or 20 visits, whichever comes first. In-patient benefits are for only 30 days in a calendar year. Perhaps this writer is in an HMO, something many employers no longer offer because those plans were found to be costlier to the employer in the long run.

Chicago

Thank goodness Bristol Palin is no longer on the TV show “Dancing with the Stars.” First of all, she was never a star. She is the daughter of ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and has a child out of wedlock. Bristol took the spot on the show from a real star. “Dancing with the Stars” is for stars.

Joann from Matteson

I have seen high school debate competitions where the participants are kept to a strict time limit and are not allowed to speak while the competitor is speaking. Also, they are not allowed to bully the moderator for more time because what they have to say “is very important.” Did you see anyone abiding by these rules in the vice presidential or presidential debates? Arrogance, ego and emotion certainly got the best of them.

Bob from Homewood

Thinking for oneself is considered a good thing, so why do so many people adhere to a religion in which it is considered a bad thing? Christian churches say salvation depends upon accepting what they tell you is true. They say if your own thinking leads you to reject Christian teaching, you will not be saved. Agnostics and atheists use their minds to determine what is true regarding religion. No church hierarchy imposes the “truth” upon them. Isn’t it better to search for the truth by using one’s mental powers than by accepting what someone else tells you is true?

Jeff from Orland Hills

Congratulations to Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg for his recent column about Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Steinberg was completely on target. Farrakhan will meet with any enemy of the United States yet he enjoys all the freedom of our society and preaches anti-Semitism.

Alsip Joe

Wouldn’t it be nice if a political candidate would actually answer a question when it’s asked?

Sauk Village Mayor Lewis Towers was caught taking tax breaks that were not his. In any other job this person would be fired for stealing. But in Crook County it’s a slap on the wrist. This is ridiculous. This is why Illinois is in such bad shape.

Tinley Park

There is a sheriff in Arizona, Joe Arpaio, who is not afraid to enforce the law of the land. So, of course, he has been investigated by every government entity there is. They even tried to clip him with allegations of financial improprieties. Now that he has been cleared of these charges, they are still trying to charge him with racial profiling. This sheriff is trying to do a job while both his hands are constantly being tied behind his back. Despite all this, he is a very effective law-enforcement officer. Let him do his job.

For the past 100 years, many corporations have been broken up due to antitrust laws because they grew to a monopoly. How is that any different than the Chicago Teachers Union? They have become such a dominant force at the exclusion of anyone else. There is a system where there is no competition. They can basically write their own check and pass it along to the taxpayer. We are all going to pay for it and we apparently do not have a choice.

We are tired of hearing about U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. I think I speak for a lot of people. We need to get someone in there who can actually do the job. Feeling sorry for him is not going to work. He needs to go away so we can get an adequate and responsible person who actually cares about the people he represents.

TJ from Chicago Heights

How can anyone in their right mind say they are better off now than they were four years ago? Only the politicians, unions, gay people, illegal immigrants, murderers and the have-nots are better off now. Any working middle-class person knows that we are not better off. Things are worse than ever here in Cook County.

Burbank

A Speak Out commenter inferred that if you are pro-life then you are antichoice. The way I see it is: No matter what, you’ve made a choice. I am pro-life.

I hate to say this. The Chicago teachers’ strike, the Evergreen Park teachers’ strike and the Highland Park teachers’ strike are all about the kids? Baloney! It’s all about the money. Tell the truth, teachers.

John from Bridgeport

Look up the word “pragmatism” in the dictionary. I think there is a picture of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney next to it.



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