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Forum: Hail to the Griffins

Updated: January 6, 2013 10:11AM



I have followed Pat Disabato’s columns on the Lincoln-Way East football team this year, and I appreciate the impartial and honest coverage he has provided. I’m not a parent of a Griffins player but a Mokena resident and a fan. I have read several columns and blogs pertaining to the Class 7A championship game and think some people have lost sight of the bigger picture and forgotten that these players are still kids.

I saw a lot of things happen during the Lincoln-Way East season — ESPN-type highlight plays, incredible team performances and great games. During the Nov. 24 title game, I saw a quarterback who was bruised and battered refusing to give up and a team that battled to the last second, leaving everything on the field. I also witnessed a group of young men who play the game because they love it, not because they get paid, and who were a team with great heart and character.

What really stands out in my mind is witnessing a community come out to support their Griffins, and grown men and women in the stands crying due to their overwhelming sense of pride.

There is more to winning than taking home the biggest trophy at the end of the year. I think I can speak on behalf of everyone in the Lincoln-Way community when I say to the team: Hold your heads high, boys, you are winners and champions in all of our books. Thank you for providing all of us with more than you will ever know.

Frank Gatto

Mokena

Jesse and Mel in same boat

Jesse Jackson Jr. and Mel Reynolds give no apologies to the people whom they were elected to serve as congressmen. Instead, they say they made “mistakes.”

Here’s the thing — they made really bad choices, not mistakes, and it’s time to pay the piper. Jackson probably will go to prison for his choices, and Reynolds will fade back to wherever he came from because of his choices. Good riddance to both.

Timothy D. O’Reilly

Chicago

More of the same sloth

It looks like the Congress, the president and the Illinois Legislature are going to roll up their collective sleeves and fix the fiscal crises facing the state and nation and help create jobs by doing what they do best — going on vacation.

This election accomplished a whole lot of nothing.

Michael D. Turay

Crete

Second thoughts for Rush?

I can’t help but wonder if U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1st) still considers Jesse Jackson Jr.’s health concerns with the same reverence as those of Derrick Rose.

Derrick is a class act. Jesse, just another crooked politician.

Chip Mortell

New Lenox

Mel Reynolds’ candidacy

My guess is that even David Axelrod, President Obama’s senior campaign adviser, would have trouble spinning why a convicted child-sex offender should be elected to federal office.

Perhaps right is wrong, day is night, up is down, etc.

Perhaps the 2nd Congressional District seat should be set aside for folks with criminal histories or tendencies to help achieve inclusivity in the House. Go ahead. We are listening.

Tom Booth

Orland Park



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