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Speak Out for Jan. 29, 2013

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks about legislatitackling gun violence Friday January 25 2013.  I  Brian Jackson~Sun-Times Media

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks about legislation tackling gun violence on Friday, January 25, 2013. I Brian Jackson~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 2, 2013 6:16AM



If you want to see how good Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy really is, then turn on the 10 p.m. TV news sometime.

Mike P. from Chicago

Congratulations to the Burbank Park District on another great Frosty 5K Run. It’s a well-organized event with many prizes and refreshments. The results re posted and the awards are given out quickly. It was nice to see online results with all the runners’ names and times along with their hometowns listed. There were many local runners as well as those that came from the far western suburbs and Indiana. Keep up the good work, Frosty.

Mike from Hickory Hills

Regarding a level playing field: I was listening to sports talk radio and heard a one-minute spot by Boomer Esaison, former NFL player, that there were no black candidates hired for NFL head coaching jobs recently. The complaint in the spot was a deficiency in black representation in NFL head coaching ranks. In this day and age, why should a black person be hired for any other reason than competency? What the spot failed to mention is that the field has been more than leveled with black representation in player ranks.

Tom from Evergreen Park

Thanks for Speak Out. It helps let people express themselves. To the person who thinks the Republicans should get out of the way so President Obama can get his way: Thank God someone in the United States sees the drive to create a socialist country. Remember that he was taught very early how to tell the people what they wanted to hear whether it’s the truth or not. Remember that he is a Chicago Democrat. Enough said!

Bob from Homer Glen

After all these years, cyclist Lance Armstrong finally admitted he has been taking performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. He has been stripped of his titles and rides away in disgrace. On a parallel, I think it would be refreshing if Country Club Hills Mayor Dwight Welch would admit that he has been responsible for serious misuse of taxpayers’ money for several years now. In the best interest of the taxpayers, Welch should man up and resign as mayor and ride away into the sunset as Armstrong is doing.

To the person who drove down 111th Street and Fairfield Avenue on the morning of Jan. 26, hit a parked policeman’s car with a beautiful dog inside, and then took off like a coward: Remember that karma has a way of getting back at you. Also, remember that on your judgment day you will have to explain your wonderful actions as a human being.

To the commenter who complained about TV commercials: TV broadcasting is a business. Therefore, they need revenue via TV commercials to pay the help, electric bills, studio rental (if they don’t own the property) and TV royalties for specific programming that you probably enjoy. We as viewers must contend with being in the purgatory of commercials that I am sure pay a hefty price to get your attention for their products or services. Besides, commercial time gives you a bathroom break and that, my friend, is worth the 30 or 60 seconds in anyone’s TV viewing time.

Chet from South Chicago Heights

Regarding notarizing petitions: Columnist Phil Kadner brought up some interesting points on notarizing candidate petitions, the purpose of which is to identify the person signing the petition. Some statements of candidacy have the requirement “who to me is personally known” by the notary. Besides being ridiculous, I think that is probably unconstitutional. If a person does not personally know a notary, they would not be able to run for office. What would be wrong, then, to challenge someone’s petitions to prove that they do, in fact, personally know the notary? I guess they would need a notarized statement.

Lansing

I think the TV show “Dance Moms” was horrible. The way star Abby Lee Miller talks to these little girls is mean.

I don’t often agree with the Rev. Michael Pfleger but I have always respected his devotion to his parish, St. Sabina Church. Reading about his basketball program along with the GED degrees and internships that he is helping the young men receive, I am awed. My prayers are with you, sir. May the program continue to change peoples lives for the better.

Heather from Crestwood

I have more respect for an ex-rapper like Ice-T who changed his life around for the good than the Speak Out commenter who complained about him.

I think allowing driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants is ridiculous. Will they be in Spanish? I think this has nothing to do with safety or a pathway to anything. It’s all about the money.

Regarding teacher paydays: A Speak Out commenter from Orland Park explained to Paul from Lockport that while teachers only work nine months, they are paid over 12 months. That being true, I think there is a possibility for some cost savings. Spreading the teachers pay over 12 months instead of nine creates an additional six to eight payrolls. Each payroll has a cost attached to it. Processing fees, account fees, producing and delivering checks. etc. With most schools looking for more and more money to pay teachers, I would recommend they look into reducing the number of paydays.

Mount Greenwood

When I go shopping I never buy a product that has a sports star’s name or picture on it. They naturally have to up the price of the product just to pay him. Don’t these stars already make enough money playing?

RC from Oak Lawn



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