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Speak Out for Oct. 19, 2012

Dwight Welch has been mayor Country Club Hills for more than two decades.  |  File photo

Dwight Welch has been the mayor of Country Club Hills for more than two decades. | File photo

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Updated: November 20, 2012 10:57AM



As the problems in Country Club Hills escalate, Mayor Dwight Welch should simply release a billboard with his picture on it that reads, “No comment” or “Unavailable.”

Everyone is commenting in Speak Out and thanking angels. I need one now. I lost my diamond tennis bracelet.

Mary from Bridgeview

I heard a news commentator ask the question of when the Illinois Tollway will be paid off. The answer to that question is in another question: When will the end of the Earth happen? Both will happen on the same date.

I think the police were relying on a camera to do their jobs for them. The cameras are not. The red-light cameras were supposed to clear up the police officers’ time to pay attention to other crimes. The blue-light cameras in troubled neighborhoods were supposed to be a tool to help the police monitor high-crime areas. Chicago is rampant with shootings and gang activities. These cameras have done nothing but take away our freedom and privacy. Get rid of all of these cameras and use the funding to hire more dedicated police officers.

I’ve read the details about the proposed Illinois constitutional amendment regarding the pension fund two or three times. I still can’t find the part that states they will fund it properly, quit borrowing from it and start being honest with the people. There are a lot of things that can be changed in it. From what I read, nothing is really going to be changed. It’s all just smoke and mirrors.

A statement keeps coming up that President Obama doesn’t reach across the isle. What would he be reaching for? The writing was on the wall from jump street that there would be no cooperation coming from the right hand.

Working women who are having a hard time finding companionship are stooping to a new low. They are dating ex-criminals. It’s sad to know these women are so afraid of being alone that they are looking for love in all the wrong places.

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has no right hiding on the people. It just shows you what he is really about. He is going to go down. I hope he goes to prison right next to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. That’s where Jackson belongs. He is shameful and disgraceful.

RC from Oak Lawn

The people in prison have themselves and their families to blame. It’s not the teacher, the coach, the taxpayer or the community.

Mary from Tinley Park

A Speak Out commenter asked, “If the nearly 15 million are ruining the country, then what are the other 299 million or so doing to America?” The other 299 million are paying for it.

Going to school to become a teacher, you know from the beginning that it is not the highest-paying job whether you have a bachelor’s degree to a doctorate degree. So why is it that once you get the job you become so dissatisfied with the pay? I’m sorry. I cannot sympathize with you.

People who are pro-life will easily label themselves as “antiabortion.” But people who are pro-choice have a difficult time calling themselves “proabortion.”

Bob from Mount Greenwood

For the past three years on his birthday my grandson donates his birthday money to a cancer association. I am so proud of him. He will continue this forever.

With all this rhetoric about concussions, you’d think everybody who walks on a football field must have a concussion. I would imagine that all of us men who played football in the 1950s and ’60s must all be brain-dead. We had plastic helmets with netting inside. I never received a concussion.

Chicago can use more policemen, but they could also concentrate on some training centers to busy these problem kids.

I would still like to know when it became wrong to want to make money in the United States. When did it become wrong to work for a living and make a lot of money and actually keep it? It seems like just because you are wealthy some people want you to give half of your earnings to the government through taxes. Half of anyone’s earnings is way too much.

When I was a kid I didn’t get free milk. If my folks didn’t have the penny for milk I had to stand in line at the water fountain. I didn’t get free lunches, eyeglasses, counseling or after-school activities. Yet, somehow I went out and raised a family where one son is a doctor and the other son has a master’s degree and owns a business. We didn’t get anything free. Do you want to know what I had? I had a mother and father who loved me. That’s what is wrong with people nowadays. Your grandma can’t raise you.

Some people seem to think it’s easy to get identification for voting. Elderly people would need their birth certificate. Some don’t know where it is at. Many elderly people may have been born in a different state. They would have to travel back to that state just to get their birth certificate and pay for it. It’s not the identification that is the problem. It is all of the steps you have to go through just to get it that is causing all the trouble, and the short amount of time you have to get it. It’s voter suppression.

I’m so happy to see the Chicago Sun-Times investigate all of this corruption from the firefighters, police and paramedics taking all of this money from disabilities. It can amount to million of dollars. I wonder if there is a way we can sue the city of Chicago to get some of our property-tax money back.



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