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Speak Out for Nov. 13, 2012

Cocaine abuse continues be problem not only Southlbut throughout world.  |  File photo

Cocaine abuse continues to be a problem not only in the Southland but throughout the world. | File photo

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Updated: December 14, 2012 6:22AM



Parents and teachers, if you want to keep kids off drugs show them the films “High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell” or “Dope Sick Love.” Both are documentaries that do not pull any punches.

Congratulations, Evergreen Park Mustangs, on your historic season. It’s the first time in the school’s history to reach the semifinals. This alum from the class of 1969 could not be prouder. I plan to be at the game on Nov. 17 and will do my best to cheer you on to a Mustang victory. I encourage all alumni to attend the game at Evergreen Park High School. Go Mustangs!

Marge

It seems like Orland Park will not be happy until every last inch of property is filled with concrete and steel for tax income. It’s really sad.

Kathy from Manhattan

Talk about Crook County! Two recent stories in the SouthtownStar showed Cook County chief circuit judge Tim Evans, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios all hiring their or their friends’ relatives.

Jack from Oak Forest

There are many occupations as dangerous and with more injuries and deaths than that of firefighter. Other occupations work five or six days a week, not two days off for every day worked. Also, I think most firefighters die of poor cardiac health despite having exercise equipment at firehouses. How much does it cost Illinois taxpayers to send hundreds of firefighters and dozens of taxpayer-owned pieces of equipment to firefighters’ wakes and funerals. Private-sector employers don’t send needed equipment and personnel hundreds of miles out of their intended area to pay tribute to an employee they never knew or met.

Chicago

Speak Out gives readers a chance to speak their minds. I enjoy reading different views and being able to express my own. I hope you feel the same. This shows readers what people are thinking and how they feel. It allows people to get things off their chests and look at things from a different angle. Sometimes we find that others feel the same way we do. I can sense the emotion in some comments and know there are strong opinions about certain issues. It’s nice to be able to have these “conversations” with other readers through the SouthtownStar.

It’s amazing that the Tea Party is so reviled when their basis is a balanced budget, responsible leaders, no more career politicians, equal opportunity, a good foreign policy where you do not empower our enemies and endanger our allies, and low taxes. It’s amazing how the Tea Party is considered the enemy more so than the Taliban or al-Qaida by certain segments of the Democratic Party and local readers.

Tom from Oak Lawn

On Nov. 10, 1975, the iron ore boat Edmund Fitzgerald sank due to a vicious storm on Lake Superior. God bless those that perished, their families and all others who gave their lives plying the Great Lakes.

I’d like to add to Mike P. from Chicago’s remark with this follow-up: Why don’t our professional athletes ask our soldiers how much they make and what they do to earn their money?

Terry from Mount Greenwood

A study showed there are up to 80 million gun owners in the United States. Recently, a crazy person went on a killing spree and killed seven people including himself. This is just a reminder that there were 80 million people who didn’t go on a killing spree. Yet, politicians are going to make us suffer. If you are going to hurt somebody, hurt yourself. Leave innocent people alone.

Ted from Frankfort

To the commenter who is obviously a retired public servant and said politicians must honor pensions and health care commitments: Where does the money come from to pay these commitments? The politicians don’t pay these bills, but this person’s neighbor does. Why doesn’t this person go to their neighbors demanding they ante up on the taxes they pay for them? The public-servant pension payments in Illinois are not sustainable. Your greedy union leaders and the phony politicians that agreed to get re-elected to their well-paid positions, are at fault. How long before your neighbors demand their money back from you?

I wanted to purchase two electronic devices as holiday gifts, but the store would only allow me to purchase one. Businesses hamper sales of certain items. They could sell more but choose not to and limit supplies. More product demand means huge profit margins. They could charge much less and still make a profit. These expensive devices could be more affordable and obtainable. Sales would climb and people wouldn’t have to camp outside stores because of an intentional insufficient merchandise supply. Big businesses are helping themselves not the economy. More sales and customers equal more work, which equals more employees.

When will the soap opera of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.; his wife, Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson; and his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, end? People are sick and tired to hear he is depressed, bipolar and exhausted. This soap opera should be called “As the Stomach Turns.” Talk about a disgusting situation!

Alsip Joe

Take me out to America. Take me out to the crowd. I lost my job and my Cracker Jack. I don’t know if I’ll ever get it back. Let us root, root, root for Obama. If he don’t win it’s a shame for it’s $16 trillion in debt at the old ball game.



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