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Speak Out for Nov. 4, 2012

In this December 1987 file phoChicago Bear Walter Paytstands end zone during warm-ups prior start his final game Los Angeles

In this December 1987 file photo, Chicago Bear Walter Payton stands in the end zone during warm-ups prior to the start of his final game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum against the then L.A. Raiders. | AP file photo

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Updated: December 5, 2012 6:33AM



A reminder how time flies. Thirteen years ago on Nov. 1 former Chicago Bear Walter Payton died. Rest in peace, Sweetness. Cherish every day. Life is good.

MR from Worth

I worked in a school but not as a teacher. I saw the decline in respect. I saw what teachers have to deal with. When are parents going to start taking responsibility for disciplining their children like our parents and grandparents did? The blame does not belong with the teachers.

It’s too bad the cast of the MTV show “Jersey Shore” wasn’t on the boardwalk when Hurricane Sandy hit so at least one thing good could come out of this disaster.

Willow Springs

I’m a concerned taxpayer in Oak Lawn. We are paying for a settlement for firefighters acting inappropriately. I think we will not have a new high school, which would cost the same amount of money per household, because we are paying for the inappropriate behavior of firefighters. This idea that firefighters can do no wrong needs to be looked at.

Regarding the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade: It’s good to see the drunken idiots could be heavily fined. There is no excuse for them publicly urinating all over and being rowdy. Drunkeness and speeding in that area do not seem to be enforced. Hey, I’ve seen police there do the same thing.

Link card holders, count your blessings. You get one. A lot of us cash-strapped workers don’t get this benefit.

Fans of the TV show “American Idol” are oblivious to the fiasco that occurred in Libya at the U.S. consulate. They couldn’t care less that our people got murdered by terrorists, and we did nothing to prevent it. Wake up, morons! This demonstrates that incompetence in Washington, D.C, is contributing to the deaths of American citizens.

Tom from Evergreen Park

I love the fact that Oak Forest politicians and state Sen. Maggie Crotty showed up for the groundbreaking of a new Metra station while a development that went bust was supposed to be right there. There was supposed to be all kinds of condominiums there. Take a drive down 159th Street in Oak Forest and see all of the empty stores and empty car dealers. The whole place looks terrible. But they’ll all put on a show for a new train station.

John from Oak Forest

Recently Speak Out commenters have been complaining about union workers. They say we should not hire them and hire others. They must not be worried about the chance of electrical fires, flooding and damage from plumbing issues and structural issues from faulty construction. I think more of my family and want to keep them safe. I’m from a union family who knows the safety value of union workers.

I think anybody that doesn’t wish to see Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini on “Windy City Live” should change their TV channel to another station. Both Val and Ryan are doing a great job.

If our politicians really wanted to solve our national debt all they would have to do is put a tax on their campaign contributions for political use. The United States would be in great shape in no time.

I’m a retired registered nurse. I read Donna Vickroy’s column titled “Medicaid cuts a nightmare for Alsip woman.” The person referred to is on 29 medications. Why is Amanda Peters on 29 medications, with narcotics being among them? Somebody needs to check with her doctor as to why she is on so many medications.

Monee

I’ve got some ideas. Everyone is going to stop smoking because of me. It will be great. I’ll just raise taxes on cigarettes to an unbelievable amount. Everyone is going to stop shooting because of me. It will be great. I’ll just raise taxes on guns and bullets. This is the great Illinois tax policy. I wonder what will happen if I raise property taxes and business taxes. Oops!

Another 14-year-old boy was murdered in the streets recently. Hasn’t everybody had enough already? These police departments need to do something. Come up with a plan.

Mike P. from Chicago

I think the unnecessary reconstruction of Orchard Drive in Park Forest is using machinery that is too big to maneuver, employing far too few people to be called a jobs program, taking far too long to be considered efficient and causing traffic jams that waste energy and time. Why not use less-expensive backhoes? You could employ 10 times the people and get the job done sooner.

Ben from Park Forest

An Associated Press poll showed that 51 percent of Americans now express explicit antiblack attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey.

The SouthtownStar may brag, “People Up North Just Don’t Get It,” but they do. Unlike the south suburbs, the empty and foreclosed homes and businesses of the northern suburbs do not look like slum properties. That could be a big part of the reason their housing market has not taken the dive that we have suffered. We have been given a raw deal by our community leaders. They should be ashamed of the jobs they have done.

Tinley Park

I think the Chicago Teachers Union should have thought twice before going on strike. I’m 86 years old. When I went to school we had no air conditioning and we had up to 40 children per classroom. It did not hurt me. I also had to walk home for lunch.

Tinley Park



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