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Speak Out for Oct. 24, 2012

A number people continue follow Chris Rock's comedy career.  |  AP file photo

A number of people continue to follow Chris Rock's comedy career. | AP file photo

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Updated: November 25, 2012 11:46AM



Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle got the idea for the bullet tax from an old Chris Rock comedy routine. Nice policy role model, Toni. I wonder where her next bright idea is coming from.

I’d like to thank the fabulous pharmacy staff at Walgreens at 159th Street and 80th Avenue. They take such abuse yet they strive to be efficient and friendly in spite of huge demand during renovation.

Arlene from Tinley Park

I’m a Chicago White Sox fan and I’d like to thank the Chicago Cubs for yet another season of comedy. There were 101 losses. Way to go, guys! I’ll bet next year you’ll even top that. Isn’t that what Cub fans always look forward to — next year, which never comes? Maybe the Cubs should appear at the Second City or on TV show “Saturday Night Live.” They are a great comedy act.

Burbank

The Obama administration in conjunction with Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke has announced that Social Security recipients will receive a 1.7 percent increase to their retirement paychecks starting in January. This is among the smallest increases in the history of the Social Security program. It is now time for these overpaid economists to redefine the definition of inflation and cost of living. This concept of core inflation is nothing but a cover-up to reduce the payments to senior citizens. A trip to your local grocery store or gasoline station is a real concept of inflation and cost of living.

Edward from Frankfort

Regarding a recent Speak Out comment: Where along the way did some people get the idea that the Bible was written by God? It was written by people trying to explain their perceptions of God and their own faith, which they were attempting to share with others. If God wrote it, there would be no question as to the message. There would be no interpretation necessary, no “trying to tell us” involved.

Gary from Oak Forest

To hockey players and owners: I have younger kids who were getting into hockey. They asked me, “When is hockey starting?” I told them not now. You guys are losing fans you just got because of greed.

How can Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney brag about the health care bill that he enacted as Massachusetts governor and on the very next breath say he is going to repeal Obamacare, which is a similar plan? So it’s OK for Massachusetts but it’s not OK for the United States? That just doesn’t make sense.

Palos Heights

You can have a healthy fossil fuel industry or you can have a healthy planet, but you cannot have both at the same time.

It is the business of taxpayers what people buy with the Link card. It’s money out of our paychecks funding this welfare and freeloading system. Something is wrong when working people have to budget, yet the supposedly poor are buying steaks, chips, pop, expensive cookies, etc. I work in a grocery store that has many Link customers. I’m tired of seeing them eat better than I do. Both my husband and I work full time. It’s a giant rip-off of working people. Also, why are their kids in expensive clothes? If you have $70 for baby shoes, you aren’t poor.

To Bob in Mount Greenwood: No one would call themselves “pro-abortion” because no one is. No one thinks abortion is a fantastic idea, as that label would imply. We do, as the “pro-choice” label implies, believe in a woman’s right to choose the option which is most appropriate to her life. It’s not my life and it’s not your life. It’s her life and her body. We should not be involved. It is between her and her doctor.

Bonnie from Flossmoor

To the person who stated that nature made “heterosexuality” normal: I did not know that one-cell organisms had a sexual type. That’s interesting. I thought some cells divided on their own. I also thought there were some creatures as well as plants on Earth that have both male and female sex organs There are different types of life-forms on this planet and sometimes they even go against the logic which nature considers the norm. So much for nature always being normal!

I don’t need to walk in anybody’s moccasins. I have been poor most of my life. I had no auto in my family until I was married. My husband had one. I had no name brand anything. I had no phone (landline) until I was 18 years old. I never had a Link card or government help. We did without. So I’ve walked a lot more than two weeks in their moccasins as I’m sure many others have done.

SG from Evergreen Park

Does anyone else notice that the political campaigning on television is no worse than regular programming? Please, Election Day, hurry and get here.

Lou from Palos Hills

Are the 2nd District voting public going to wake up and smell the coffee? We have U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. missing in action since June with limited information as to his real condition. More importantly, will he ever be well enough to represent the people in the 2nd District? Apparently the polls show he is way ahead of his opponents. How can this be? Is the voting public in the 2nd District so misinformed, or are they just voting for JJJ like sheep being led to the shearing? Wake up, especially those voters in south and southeastern Will County.

It’s really curious how the presidential debate outcome evaluated by polls varies depending upon which TV station you watch. Don’t the media members contend that they are not biased in their coverage of politicians? The polls certainly seem to indicate otherwise.



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