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MinnesotVikings head coach Leslie Frazier walks onfield before an NFL football game against Green Bay Packers Sunday Dec. 30 2012

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier walks onto the field before an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)

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Updated: February 3, 2013 6:16AM



Congratulations to ex-Chicago Bear Leslie Frazier and his Minnesota Vikings, which he now coaches, on getting into the NFL playoffs.

In memory of a friend: To the sweetest, kindest man I have ever had the opportunity to meet: You will be missed by all. May you rest in peace, John Patrick Hennessy.

Tom from Oak Lawn

It seems like there are no Republicans who have spoken out against the gun problems that exist. I assume the reason is that they believe it is OK to murder innocent people no matter what age or circumstances. Otherwise, they would step up and say something in protest against what is happening to our children.

Chicago

Marijuana is here to stay just like spirits and beer. Let’s save a ton of money on law enforcement, court costs and prison costs for something that is here to stay. Enough is enough.

Jim from Orland Park

With U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. leaving Congress, what will happen with the land for the Abraham Lincoln National Airport? Will the state resell it back to the farmers? Or does the state sell it off to private investors such as senators, representatives, legislators or anyone else with money in their pockets? If so, where will that money go? Will it go back into the state treasury or will it go into someone else’s pocket? I’m just wondering.

John from Bridgeport

The gun enthusiasts say the Second Amendment gives them the right to have weapons because it was written into the Constitution. Since it was written into the Constitution, maybe they can only have the weapons that the writers of the Constitution knew about at that time. I don’t think they had any automatic weapons available to them.

A rebuttal on clothing: There are, of course, medical exceptions for people to dress down in public. For instance, if a person has a leg cast, then they’re obviously going to have difficulty getting dressed. I was speaking of those healthy individuals who care nothing of their appearance or of how others perceive them. Teenagers, soccer moms and those in the 18 to 25 age bracket come to mind, not those with injuries or lengthy medical recoveries. People just don’t care anymore, it seems. Either they’re dressed like a bunch of bums or they’re half-naked. Such class people have.

One thing that is absolutely necessary is for the United States to rein in these lobbyists. We have a very small percentage of people and corporations that have all the money with enormous amounts of power because they can pay off the politicians and get their way. I think this guy from the National Rifle Association, who actually represents a small portion of Americans, has so much of a say about what is going on. The lobbyists have gotten way out of hand.

Why do I hear about all these food pantries running out of food? Doesn’t the government give you food, housing, furniture, medical and transportation? What is the Link card for anyway? Do I not understand this?

Ken from Crete

Does anyone have a clue what President Obama’s home state is? While he often seems to “come home” to Chicago, he also seems to vacation, like Christmas vacation, in his “home state” of Hawaii. A lot of people criticize Obama for not doing anything to help the problems in his hometown of Chicago. That’s because his hometown is Honolulu not Chicago, which is his wife Michelle’s hometown. He may have served his political career in Illinois, but I think his home is Hawaii.

Get Johnny Lewis Holmes off the village of Robbins’ payroll as police chief and off the Community High School District 218 board. In light of his second DUI arrest, we cannot tolerate his inability to say no to drugs. He is an embarrassment to our community and the schools he represents.

Lucille from Robbins

As America slides over the fiscal cliff, one can only hope Congress follows.

To the person who thinks the parents are to blame for refusing to admit kids are troubled: Take a walk in the life of the parent that tries to get help for a child that has mental health issues. Sadly, the parent gets locked out of the process because it violates the child’s “civil rights.” Mental health care is a difficult road to travel, and the government has so many laws in place that it’s almost impossible to force your child to get help. You don’t know the answers until you’ve lived the life.

Please do not give in to the unnecessary gun control laws being pushed by Chicago Mayor Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn. An armed society is a safe society. Where is the outrage when parole boards allow murderers and rapists and burglars back on the street? I think our lenient liberal judges do not sentence these people who carry guns and deal drugs to the fullest.

Andrew High School has been a terrific academic choice for our son Ryan. He is a determined Advanced Placement-honors student. He has grown and excelled at Andrew due to positive and caring teaching and encouragement from his teachers. Playing baseball at Andrew had helped him with his academic growth. I have attended every one of my son’s parent-teacher conferences. My son’s teachers are fully invested in helping him learn and grow as a quality student. Ryan is prepared for college due to his efforts and the encouraging efforts of his Andrew teachers. To the Andrew teachers and administration: Thank you.

Bill F.



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