Speak Out for Dec. 19, 2012
December 18, 2012 4:16PM
Beth Grady, third from right, with volunteers from a nonprofit group called Christmas Without Cancer after they delivered gifts to the Grady home in Chicago, IL, on Sunday, December 16, 2012. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 20, 2013 6:22AM
The holidays are about giving. It was inspiring to read about what Christmas Without Cancer did for Beth Grady and her family from Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community.
Regarding a ban on gun activity: If we can ban smoking from television and movies because it is detrimental to our health, why can’t we ban the amount of gun activity in the media and video games, too?
Tom P. from Evergreen Park
The politicians think that by giving illegal immigrants driver’s licenses that it will solve the problem of driving without insurance. I worked as an officer for 33 years. There were people with driver’s licenses who never bought insurance. This is not going to be a guarantee.
Jack from Oak Forest
Not everyone on welfare abuses it. We talk about the ones already on welfare who have another baby year after year. That is abuse.
How can we trust the 2nd Congressional District to hold an honest election for a new representative when these people voted overwhelmingly to reelect U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.? The hottest ticket in town is who is going to run as a Democrat in the district because that person has an office waiting for them in Washington, D.C. The problem is these Chicago-machine voters are taking us in the suburbs down with them.
Kudos to George Harris, president of the medical staff at Advocate Christ Medical Center, for speaking out against gun control. We totally agree with him. We’re on board. Let’s hope we can somehow make a difference on this matter. Thanks, George.
The right-to-work law is just another way to bring liberals to their knees. It’s also another way to express what happened in the election by voting for President Obama’s second chance.
In response to “More about police, firefighters and paramedics”: I dated a policeman. From my experience, some police ruin it for all others when they abuse their powers and manipulate a situation to benefit themselves. I’ve spent the last 10 months in a courtroom spending thousands defending myself because he lied under oath on a witness stand when asked about breaking into my home. He has often twisted and manipulated the truth to get the outcome he needed. I feel bad for the innocent people he may have put in jail because he lied under oath to get a conviction.
I think people who go out in public wearing pajamas look stupid. Those who do that would protest my comment, saying, “You don’t know me.” But all I can say is: If you had any respect for yourself, you wouldn’t appear in public as a disheveled, sloppy mess. If you have no respect for yourself, then how can I possibly respect you?
I don’t understand why columnist Phil Kadner is so upset with this Tinley Park Park District parking issue. If they can make some money parking cars then I think it’s great.
Ed from Tinley Park
Where was God when those 26 children and adults were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.? Was he out having a cigarette? How are the parents of those little lives that were snuffed out supposed to cope with this insane tragedy. It makes me think that God must have wanted those people dead. Once again, I believe there is no God and man is a terrible creature.
All summer long I would pass 143rd Street and Harlem Avenue and see a so-called homeless guy wearing a sign, with his parked bicycle on the side. Now that the weather has changed, I don’t see him anymore. I guess he doesn’t have to eat in the winter.
There are so many things to be horrified by. My Christmas sweater should be low on that list. I never thought I would nauseate someone with my festive clothing, which makes me happy. My jingle bell earrings get me through the day at work. What is so bad about that? I would think someone would be horrified at our national debt or violence, not flashing-light sweaters. The sweetest thing is the man who wears the crazy sweater Grandma made for him to make her happy. Merry Christmas, everyone. May your clothing be fun and your days be filled with joy.
Heather from Crestwood
About the proposed termination of unemployment extension benefits at the end of the month: I feel that it will destroy many lives. I believe that I speak for many of us, who may be undereducated or older individuals, that the majority of companies out there aren’t willing to train or spend any time with these people. I, being one of them, am asking Congress to consider the repeal of the termination.
B.G. from Burbank
I was completely disgusted by hearing that the Westboro Baptist Church was going to picket a vigil for Sandy Hook Elementary School at Newtown High School. Do they not realize these people have suffered enough? How un-Christian can they be?
Pat from Midlothian
Someone commented that the United States has been sinking for the last four years and will probably hit bottom in the next four years. Really? Where are you getting your information? From what I have read, during these past four years, unemployment has been consistently declining and our country’s gross domestic product has been steadily increasing. In addition, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is dead, GM is alive, and we prevented a major depression. I think the sinking was happening during George Bush’s presidency.