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Speak Out for Jan. 24, 2013

Phil Kadner's column appears five times week SouthtownStar.  |  File photo

Phil Kadner's column appears five times a week in the SouthtownStar. | File photo

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Updated: February 25, 2013 12:50PM



The reason I get the SouthtownStar is to read Phil Kadner’s column and Speak Out. I enjoy them tremendously.

Chicago

I found a Sprint Droid phone while walking my dog at 91st Street and Utica Avenue. I turned it in to the Evergreen Park Village Hall. Good luck.

With all the talk about new gun control laws and health screenings and background checks being mentioned, I wonder about Gov. Pat Quinn streamlining the mental health system in order to save a dollar or two.

I am also tired of all the junk advertising that comes with our bills. From now on, when I send my bills back with the payment I will also include their junk mail. Let’s see if they like it.

Jean from Burbank

The Chicago White Sox recently could not afford $7.5 million for catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who is the heart and soul of handling a pitching staff, but they give pitcher Jake Peavy more than double that amount of money for being an up-and-down pitcher. It doesn’t make any sense. Wake up, White Sox co-owner Jerry Reinsdorf!

Joe from Lemont

They ought to change the Illinois slogan to “The Shoot Me State.”

Tinley Park

A Speak Out commenter stated that high school sports is the main reason they buy the newspaper. If high school sports is the main reason to buy your newspaper, then I think your newspaper is not worth very much. That is the best argument for a three-times-per-week newspaper.

If you use your debit card and choose to press the credit key, the store clerk asks you for your identification. The same should apply to all Link card holders. This shouldn’t be rocket science. When using your card you should show identification. This would help stop the selling of Link cards.

I have been at the Secretary of State facility in Bridgeview. I saw someone use an interpreter to aid them in renewing their driver’s license. Does anyone else see something wrong with this?

After all of the garbage we put up with from our lawmakers in Springfield and in Washington, D.C., I think we ought to just get rid of all of them and start over. It’s the only way to clean up these messes that they get us in.

John from Mokena

The inauguration coverage on television seemed to be more interested in hairstyles than the national debt. With millions unemployed, foreclosures and poverty increasing, the TV coverage was diverting attention from reality.

How would you like to be someone who has to stand on a street corner? Granted, some people probably are crooked while doing it. I’d be willing to bet that the majority of them are honestly feeding their children, paying their bills and paying their rent so they have a roof over their heads with the money. Unfortunately, most of the people driving by don’t have anything to spare. They need the money just as badly as the person standing on the corner.

Why is it that all of these high-profile singers cannot sing the national anthem the correct way? They all have to put their own spin on it. I say if they cannot sing it the correct way then don’t sing it at all. We don’t need your voice. We are not paying you for this gig. Sing it right the first time.

John from Bridgeport

The push for term limits always surprises me. If we get term limits then the uninformed voters will not even have to give any thought at all. They can just walk in and mark an X. It will not matter where they make it. They will have no idea who they are voting for. Maybe we should try to get people to educate themselves on what is going on around them and who they are voting for.

Ed from Homer Glen

I find it interesting the media can grind out the investigations of cyclist Lance Armstrong and football player Manti Te’o to where an explanation is found. What happened to Operation Fast and Furious, the Benghazi attack and Sandy Hook Elementary School?

I think Korie Kellogg got away with child abuse because she is the ex-wife of former Chicago Bull Eddy Curry. I’m sorry, but beating a kid with an object is abuse.

The party is over the day after Inauguration Day. The Republicans slammed President Obama’s speech. They were disappointed with his liberal agenda and that he didn’t reach out to them. Your grandfather’s Republican Party was thick-skinned. This Republican Party moans and groans about everything.

Seriously? More comments about teachers? Paul, do you know the education requirements to obtain your teaching certificate? Do you know the average teacher’s salary? Do you know the challenges our teachers face? They are underpaid. Do you have a college degree? When was the last time you sat in a classroom and observed a teacher? I think you are clueless. You should be complaining about bankers, Wall Street and chief executive officers. They are overpaid. Don’t complain about a middle-class worker that plays such an important role in our society.

There are two sides to the issues debated in Congress. Everyone does not believe in wasting money on pork projects for a favored few. We need to be more frugal in the United States because we are in debt with lavish benefits for politicians when the people are suffering and waste assistance for those in need. I do not consider opposition to blatant socialism, communistic beliefs and assaults on the Constitution as petty bickering.



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