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Speak Out for Jan. 28, 2013

In this photaken Jan. 22 2013 released by ABC Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o right speaks with host Katie Couric

In this photo taken on Jan. 22, 2013, and released by ABC, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, right, speaks with host Katie Couric during an interview for "Katie," in New York. Te'o has told Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. The interview will air on Thursday, Jan. 24. (AP Photo/Disney-ABC, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

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Updated: March 1, 2013 6:59AM



Football player Manti Te’o has been on Katie Couric’s TV show to talk about the girlfriend hoax. Enough already of his problems! Who truly cares?

Philip from Oak Lawn

I’m tired of it. What’s the deal with everybody looking for a tip? I can understand it in certain situations but when I see tip jars on the counter at fast-food restaurants I think that’s pushing it. The next thing you know you’ll be tipping the cashier at the gasoline station or the counter person at the dry cleaner. Enough already!

On Jan. 25 thousands of people marched in Washington, D.C. Did anyone notice? The mainstream media has been deathly silent on pro-life causes. If this were a gay rights parade, the media would be swarming and we would see pictures on all the news channels and in all the major newspapers. The official March for Life, which was postponed from the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Jan 22 because of the presidential inauguration, was televised live on EWTN, the Catholic cable channel. Contrary to what the media wants us to think, the majority of America is still pro-life.

Janet from Oak Forest

Come down Joe Orr Road and see what a waste of money this was. This road was shut down for six months for this expansion. What politician had their hands in this project? This is ridiculous.

Matt from Park Forest

Can anyone explain why our society rewards all of these lying, cheating and phony athletes in the United States? Cyclist Lance Armstrong made Oprah Winfrey’s TV show. Who knows what she paid him to appear on her show? Now they are planning a movie about this disgraced cyclist. We are a very sick society when we reward these morons all of the publicity and money.

Alsip Joe

There have been a lot of comments in Speak Out on the coverage of high school sports. I enjoy the coverage very much. By covering these student athletes, who have dedicated themselves to a sport, we acknowledge all they have done. Participation in high school sports has filled a good part of their lives. Statistics also show they do better in school, they learn what the word “team” means and maybe, more importantly, they stay off the streets and out of harm’s way. Please keep up your coverage and acknowledgement of these dedicated young men and women and their coaches.

Bob from Homewood

President Obama is bad for small business. Palos Heights just had another restaurant close. I think our main street looks like a ghost town. Florists closed along with a bakery, a drugstore, gift shops and others. Since a majority of people get their employment from small business, when will Obama start working with Republicans who want to save small businesses?

Palos Heights

To Paul from Lockport: First of all, Paul, you’re right. Teachers do get paid 12 months a year. However, their pay is based on the school year and they chose to have it spread out over 12 months. That’s what is known as the spread payroll system. They’re not actually getting paid for a full 12 months of work. Their yearly pay is just distributed over 12 months.

Orland Park

Watch out for this driver with the infotainment system from Speak Out. He’s going to be watching that, not the road.

Medicare is a 47-year-old system. Social Security is a 77-year-old system. Both of these programs have undergone changes over the years. Why doesn’t someone just say that these programs will always go through reforms but they will never really go away? Each side keeps saying the other side is going to take this or that away from people. The Social Security and Medicare systems will never go away. Anybody who says these programs will go away is either pandering or lying. That goes for both Republicans and Democrats. They are all guilty of pandering or lying.

I’m listening on the radio to a foreigner who can’t speak English complain that her husband has been deported. She’s complaining how hard it is without him. Fine. I suggest she take her kids and go back to her homeland where she belongs. She hasn’t even bothered to learn our language, her husband is a criminal (an illegal immigrant) and she is still here? Go back. We don’t need people who think they don’t have to learn our language and can take our jobs including many good-paying jobs. Go back home if you don’t like it here.

Dawn from Midlothian

Over the past few years I was wondering why the south suburbs keep getting inundated with all these former residents of housing projects like Cabrini-Green and Robert Taylor Homes in our neighborhoods. Why have we been inundated with citizens who seem to think they can get everything for free and who bring violence to our neighborhoods? Then I remember that our representatives have been U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush and former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. I’m sure they laughed all the way as these criminals were moved into our neighborhoods where we have had to work hard to live in.

It didn’t take long for the Republicans in Congress to complain and criticize President Obama’s inaugural speech. They claimed it was not inclusive enough. Really? Because it did not mention our dysfunctional Congress? I’m sorry but I thought the speech was inclusive. It embraced the nation, talked about peace rather than war, the importance of Social Security and Medicare, and everyone having equal opportunities. It was about the people of our great nation. It was a great speech.



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