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Speak Out for Jan. 8, 2013

The names cross streets are illuminated along Sauk Trail intersections where traffic signals are present. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

The names of cross streets are illuminated along Sauk Trail at intersections where traffic signals are present. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 9, 2013 6:17AM



Regarding signs like the one for Sauk Trail: The village of Bridgeview has had these illuminated street signs for some time now. They are nice.

Enough with the debt ceiling nonsense! Raising the debt ceiling means paying the bills we have already racked up. Instead of holding our economy hostage, they should be coming up with compromises.

I went to a local big-box store to purchase two replacement toilet seats. One was “Proudly Made in the USA,” and the other was from China. The Chinese one was a breeze to install, but the “Made in the USA” one was missing the bolts. So much for “Proudly Made in the USA.”

Dave from Bedford Park

I think it’s quite obvious now that President Obama cares about the illegal immigrants, the have-nots and gay people more than working-class people. The working-class people are out of luck.

The SouthtownStar printed an article about Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Supt. Lawrence Wyllie retiring at the end of the school year. There was no mention of what his tax-paid lifetime pension will be. Mr. Wyllie also was re-elected to the University of St. Francis board in Joliet. I wonder if Wyllie is doing this pro bono, or does he receive a salary and maybe another pension? Is it “for the children” or “if you want good people you must pay them well”? So much for volunteering like the community service these people have forced on our once-free children.

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. must think we here in Illinois are stupid. For him to state he is selling his property in Washington, D.C., to cover his medical bills, is an atrocity.

Tinley Park

I think the so-called pension reform bill that is being proposed in Springfield is not reform but pension robbery. The 11th wealthiest state, Illinois did not put in its fair share into the retirement funds. For years my co-workers and I paid into something that was supposed to guarantee our full pensions as well as extra per month for insurance for retired teachers. Now, not only are we not going to receive our full pensions but our annual cost of living is threatened with food, electricity and gasoline prices going up. Our pensions will be our only source of funds.

The suggestion to give each teacher a Life Alert-type system for emergency use is excellent. It could be patched directly to a police hot line. That sounds safer than a gun in every classroom, which who knows who would have access to in an emergency.

Palos Hills

I agree with Alsip Joe about the professional sports teams especially hockey. Since greed was the main reason for the strike all hockey fans should strike and not show up to any NHL games. Let’s see if ticket prices go down when they play to an empty stadium.

Welcome back to Washington, D.C., Sen. Mark Kirk. He has been sorely missed. I admire his courage and inner strengths. He is so needed in the Senate. He has always worked with both sides of the aisle for the good of the United States, not the good of his party. Kirk is not just a great senator; he is a great statesman. I wish him good health and hope he keeps up the good work.

Steger

The law-abiding citizen is in fear of the government. The left wing liberal movement is afraid of the law-abiding firearm-owning citizen. The law-abiding citizen has the Second Amendment on their side. The left wing liberal movement is out to remove that.

What is with people now who go to fine dining restaurants with white tablecloths and upscale environments but dress like they’re at a fast-food place? They’re wearing ripped T-shirts, jeans and gym shoes, and they sit at the table with a baseball hat on?

Chuck

About dealing with crisis: We send all this aid to everyone after a disaster whether in the United States or overseas, and it seems like all we ever hear about is the money not being used for what it was intended. Instead of sending money, why don’t we take the money and hire workers and get supplies and actually do the work? I’m sure the unemployed would love an opportunity to work and maybe get some experience for the future.

For Ken from Frankfort regarding his comment about eyesores: Some denominations celebrate Christmas on Jan. 6th or 7th, continuing through the Epiphany on the 19th. Then again you probably don’t care since you consider Christmas decorations “eyesores.” You’d likely prefer people didn’t put them up at all. If we’re going to propose laws, how about one banning ignorant people?

Why do the mothers of their sons “friend request” the son’s girlfriend on Facebook? Of course that is a rhetorical question because we all know that the mother simply wants to snoop into the girlfriend and her family’s life. The poor girlfriend is caught in a no-win situation. If she declines, the boyfriend’s mother will have issue with it. If the girlfriend accepts, well, now the boyfriend’s mother knows everything about the girlfriend’s life. From the mother of two daughters who have experienced this, please stop the nonsense. That would be like my husband friend requesting your son. Weird!

This is the Link card police checking in. I hope everyone who abused the system in 2012 quits abusing the system in 2013. The state of Illinois and the U.S. government is running out of money.



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