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Speak Out for Dec. 4, 2012

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Updated: January 5, 2013 6:17AM



Roses are red. Violets are blue. You voted for Democrats. Now they are going to tax you.

Mike P. from Chicago

I’m a mom raising five kids. My parents have gone to their great reward. I really enjoyed John Doolin’s guest column about the importance of family in our lives. Thank you for bringing a tear to my eye but a smile to my face with his column. He’s so lucky to have the family that he has and enjoys.

Peggy from Evergreen Park

After tragedies such as Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher killing his girlfriend, Kasandra M. Perkins, and then himself, the conversation is always about gun control. How come the conversation is never about mental illness? I’m not sure that was the case with this football player, but I do believe many of these tragedies are a result of untreated mental illness. Maybe we should be doing a better job in the United States giving help, support, education and treatment to the mentally ill.

Off 143rd Street and south on Saddle Brook Lane in Homer Glen, an owner of a home has constructed and lit a 20-foot tree along with other decorations. Christmas music can be heard on your car radio at the Christmas scene. It’s worth a trip to see it some evening.

EM from Hickory Hills

People and politicians say we need more casinos. What we need is to enforce the law and lock up these animals who are killing or wounding so many people in Chicago. There should be no more silly plea bargains and no more endless probations. Put these repeat offenders in jail. Forget casinos. We need more prisons to accommodate our horrific crime rate.

To Eagle Ridge: I think your “common sense” about higher taxes makes no sense. The George W. Bush tax cuts have been in place for more than 10 years. Where are all the jobs? I’m just askin’.

The Hostess Brands situation really points out what is wrong with the United States now. I think Hostess was mismanaged for years and venture capitalists loaded Hostess up with debt. I believe their intentions were never to make this business work. From what I’ve seen, they did not make improvements for many, many years. Now a judge gives the management almost $2 million in bonuses. Workers are the ones now suffering. There are nearly 18,000 who are out of work. Pensions are lost. And people are blaming the workers? Wake up, people!

According to former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich’s blog, 50 years ago the largest private employer in America was General Motors and they paid, in current money, $50 an hour and benefits on average. The blog by the chancellor’s professor of public policy at the University of California Berkeley, also said America’s largest employer is now Wal-Mart with an average salary of nearly $9 an hour with no benefits.

It’s great that there are individuals with their own strong convictions, but stop trying to make your convictions others’ obligations.

Edward from Burbank

The Republicans should not give in to the Democrats. They should stand their ground. If not, they do not have a backbone. They will never get elected to anything if they do not keep their word to the voters who voted for them. They should not back down at all.

Lemont

So former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds can run for the House of Representatives even though he is a convicted felon and did prison time. I was wondering: Can convicted murderers and rapists also run for the House of Representatives? How fitting it would be to have a convicted felon seated in the House of Representatives. It would be one from the great state of Illinois. Where else?

Regarding how warehouse or club stores operate: I saw a small business store owner buying the 80 gallons of milk. He also didn’t pay sales tax because he has a resale number. He will go to his store and sell the milk at a profit and collect sales tax from his customers. This he passes on to state and local collectors. This is what warehouse stores are about, supplying small business owners who don’t have enough sales to justify big corporations bothering with them. You are getting a break in your price but not as much. Enjoy your shopping.

Swav

I’m glad to see federal investigators looking into Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson’s dealings. But I have to wonder why they never looked into past dealings of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s wife, Patti. She was never investigated while likely being neck high into her husband’s dealings.

Cathy Steel from Tinley Park complained in Forum about “prettying up Oak Park Avenue.” Where is the “prettying up” of Oak Park Avenue? Wreaths, lights and benches cannot disguise the decay of building after building on Oak Park Avenue. The real prettying up is with the multimillion-dollar tax-paid projects that I think are everywhere else in town.

Tinley Park

I think Tori Berrios, the girl who drove around the gates at the railroad tracks, needs to lose her driver’s license for a year. If she can do something like that when just starting out driving, what is she going to do in the future?

Sue from Country Club Hills

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is giving people with true mental disease a bad name. All he is really doing is hiding from the indictment to get his little plea bargain. Fess up! You can always work for your dad, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and bilk someone else for a change.

Matt from Park Forest



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