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Speak Out for Oct. 25, 2012

The Kramer household 12302 S. 68th Court Palos Heights is participating Haunts Against Hunger is collecting food items for donatiWorth

The Kramer household, 12302 S. 68th Court in Palos Heights, is participating in Haunts Against Hunger and is collecting food items for donation to the Worth Food Pantry. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 26, 2012 7:11AM



Halloween is popular in the Southland. I’m glad to see so many fellow residents participating in the Haunts Against Hunger food drive. Together we can make a difference.

To the woman who lost her expensive sunglasses: I turned the glasses in at the GameStop in Tinley Park where I found them. To identify them as yours just tell the clerk the designer name . Pay it forward.

To Heather from Crestwood: My husband and I are both in unions. I understand better than most how rough that is. Your question about being better off shouldn’t be your focus. We’re coming out of a recession that started with former President Bush, so most people are not better off. But a vote for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who I think will abolish the unions, will make it harder for union workers to get jobs as we become a right-to-work state. Now your husband only competes with other union bricklayers. With no unions he’ll have to compete with everyone.

Midlothian

The thing is people talk about others in their native tongue instead of to them. It is rude.

Coming to a courtroom near you soon: “My client is too sick to stand trial and not guilty by reason of temporary insanity.” He is just barely well enough to continue holding office.

JK

Someone should have told Vice President Joe Biden that Halloween isn’t until the end of the month. What a scary, scary guy!

To Donna from Merrionette Park: One thing good about television is if you do not like a program, you can change the channel. “Dancing with the Stars” is a great program and I will continue to watch, and I do vote. So what on who wins. They are all good, hardworking dancers. So you boycott it. Who cares?

Lori from Alsip

To the countless staff, volunteers and vendors who worked so hard to put together the successful Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Orland Park: I walked in this event for the first time as a one-year survivor and was amazed at the turnout of supporters for those who have had to face this struggle. While the dreary weather could have put a damper on the day, it was a pleasantly invigorated and exciting crowd. An appreciative “thank you” to all who have donated to help fund research to find a cure. I will continue to fight like a girl.

Colleen from Orland Park

The crooked politicians couldn’t stand to see all the money building up in the Social Security coffers, so I believe they decided to help themselves to some free money, therefore depleting the Social Security funds. It was not the parents’ fault.

Phil Kadner’s recent column titled “What you need to hear in a debate” was very funny.

We have millions of unemployed people who used to build houses for a living. Now we have millions of empty homes throughout the United States. A nonprofit organization is not going to solve our housing problems by using inexperienced volunteers building homes. We need to pay a living wage to skilled workers to build and fix up homes so we can have people who can afford to buy a home.

Ben from Park Forest

We have all stood behind someone checking out with a Link card. Link buys the basics. Cash buys items I can’t afford. That’s why everyone is disgusted. Bring back the free cheese.

Ken from Crete

I have a “proud American home” sign in front of my house. It’s called the U.S. flag. I learned the Pledge of Allegiance from Catholic nuns. God bless America.

Oak Lawn

Isn’t it wonderful that all of these millionaire politicians know exactly what to do for poor people?

Mike P. from Chicago

Most pro-lifers I know are against the use of contraception. I believe it’s a religion thing. In my mind it says a lot about the underlying motivation of many of these folks to convert everyone else to their sense of values. Not completely unlike religious extremists elsewhere in the world, they would like nothing better than to dominate all branches of our government and begin imposing their own value system.

I was an immigrant. I am now a naturalized U.S. citizen. I went through the immigration process. The process is not broken. What is broken is when people call these illegals the word “immigrant.” I think they are not immigrants. They are criminals, criminals who are here illegally.

A Speak Out commenter said, “People need to stop and think that this is the time to be thankful for the job you have.” They are complaining about recent strikes. It is this kind of thinking that is killing the middle class. Workers should be treated fairly and have good working conditions, good pay and good benefits. We can’t settle for low wages. If we do, they will continue to get lower and lower. Start supporting workers. If we stop fighting, there will be only two classes in the United States: rich and poor.

Regarding moving forward: Four years ago I put my transmission in D, which stands for Democrat, to drive forward in life with hope and change. Unfortunately, since that day my transmission has been slipping and I am no longer going forward. On Nov. 6 I will put my transmission in R, which stands for Republican.

Flame from Burbank



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