Speak Out for Dec. 10, 2012
December 9, 2012 5:28PM
A resident searches for victims of Tuesday's devastating storm in New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in the southern Philippines Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The powerful typhoon that washed away emergency shelters, a military camp and possibly entire families in the southern Philippines has killed hundreds of people with nearly 400 missing, authorities said Thursday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Updated: January 11, 2013 6:12AM
More than 370 people are dead and 400 others are missing due to Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines. Why does it seem like there is less coverage of this tragedy than other catastrophic weather events?
Congratulations to Reavis High School and coach Bill Smiles in Burbank. They have been the Mathletes contest winners for the past eight years.
Helen from Oak Lawn
Radio station WCSF-FM (88.7) is playing commercial-free Christmas music 24 hours a day until Jan. 2. If you cannot pick it up on the radio, it is also on the Internet through a computer, iPad or Internet radio.
When you get old and have memory loss, it’s really a blessing in disguise. You can go to the same vacation spot every year and it’s a new experience because you don’t remember.
Mike P. from Chicago
How can anyone in their right mind forgive former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds for what he did? Some say he did his time. He did not serve all of his time. President Clinton commuted his sentence for bank fraud. Doesn’t anyone remember that?
Jason from Country Club Hills
I don’t think gangbangers respect the dead or cemeteries. Cars and headstones are getting robbed.
I live in an area with coyotes. I have a chain-link fence and a very bright spotlight-like flashlight. Before I let my dog out after dark I peruse the yard to see what is out there. You’d be surprised how many animals are out there. If need be, I go out there even in the middle of the night. If you don’t want your dog to get eaten then take some precautions.
In response to the person commenting about the government abusing the oil system, it sounds like you are abusing the Link card system.
Here is a standing ovation to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for her call for fair phone rates for inmates. A large percentage of inmates at Cook County Jail have not been convicted of anything. They don’t have the money to post bail, so they sit in jail up to two years awaiting trial. All phone calls to their relatives have to be made collect so the phone company charges the relatives high surcharges to receive calls from jail. Why should the phone companies make excess profits off the backs of these poor inmates’ families? I appreciate Preckwinkle’s efforts.
A tax increase on people making more than $250,000 has become an obsession like Obamacare was a few years ago. After reading what else is in the bill, I think this money is not meant to alleviate the debt. I find that it’s more a redistribution of wealth and all of us paying our fair share. I have paid taxes my whole life. Especially since I live in Cook County, I cannot afford to give any more.
The Republicans keep coming up with all kinds of reason why they lost the election. I don’t know whose head is going to explode first, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s or TV host Sean Hannity’s. They keep leaving out the real reason why they lost the election. It’s called arrogance.
I have a new measure to assess whether you are getting old or not. It’s simple. Just visit the Almanac in the SouthtownStar. Look at the Today’s Birthdays portion. Examine the listing of people with birthdays. If you can’t identify anyone in the column on the right below the featured picture, you’re getting old. Now, be highly concerned if your lack of familiarity creeps into the left column. You’re really getting old then.
Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have said they want a casino. Apparently they fail to understand a few things. I think when casinos come to town so does crime. That’s the last thing the city of Chicago needs. Put some more cops on the street. The decisions our elected officials make are beyond stupid.
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez wants a complete review of the current hazing accusations at Maine West High School. Is this the same Anita Alvarez who tried to suppress reopening the investigation of David Koschman’s death? It seems her priorities are a bit skewed, or could the fix be in?
Regarding faith: I believe people have a right to their own beliefs and opinions. There will always be varying thoughts on what is right or wrong. If atheists only believe in what can be verified, then do they believe in love? How does a person love another without having faith in them? I can only imagine a life without faith as one lacking in real happiness.
MJ from Worth
Let’s look at this logically. Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher murders Kasandra M. Perkins cruelly and without conscience, taking away someone’s daughter. Yet, there is a prayer vigil held for him like he is some kind of hero. Since when did murder and suicide become an acceptable or normal way of life? On the other hand, courts threaten schools with lawsuits for wanting to express their beliefs in God through representation of banners and prayer before a football game. What’s wrong with this picture?
To the Hickory Hills commenter who said drivers with smelly exhaust fumes should only run their vehicles in closed-up garages because you don’t drive and don’t want to smell the exhaust: It can only be presumed you take a bus everywhere you go. Buses give off more smelly exhaust fumes and should also be run in closed-up garages. Then everyone will have to walk everywhere and we will all be healthier.