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Speak Out for Feb. 3, 2013

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Updated: March 4, 2013 6:34AM



I looked in my back yard. There was snow on the ground and it was still falling on the last day of January. I saw in the tree three robins. I thought robins flew south for winter. Anyone else seen this?

When I was a kid in the 1980s, the oldies were songs from the 1950s and ’60s like Elvis Presley tunes. That would be 20- to 30-year-old songs. That would make the oldies now songs from 1990 or earlier. That would make the oldies songs like Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer,” Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me” or Motley Crue’s “Dr. Feelgood.” Maybe those songs are actually considered “classic.” I’m just saying that middle-aged people now will have some really rockin’ tunes to listen to when they really become oldies. Our children still will not understand our oldies.

I’ve worked in high-crime areas all my life. I spent seven years in Arizona where it seemed like everybody carried a gun. A lot of times there were instances where people lost their temper and just shot each other. I’ve been through Texas where they are waving guns at each other all the time. I don’t believe I need a gun in Homer Glen. I feel perfectly safe without one.

Regarding Mokena Mayor Joe Werner’s exit: Joe, say it isn’t so. We respect your decision to not seek a third term as mayor of Mokena, but where does that leave us? Good luck to you. Please wish us the same. We will need it. You’ve been a very good mayor with always the best interests of the village at heart. Thank you.

Mokena

In response to the person who doesn’t like tip jars: Well, I’m a suburban fireman and I see one on the counter every time I go to pick up our lunch. I decided to take an empty coffee can and secure it on the bumper of the fire engine so people could tip me when I go on calls. As I was fastening it down to start the shift one of the guys said to me, “Isn’t that what we get paid for and part of our job?” And I said, “You mean like the guy that makes the cheeseburger or the girl that gets me my coffee in the morning?” I guess he’s right.

One of the stumbling blocks for immigrants coming through Ellis Island was if they were deemed likely to end up needing to receive welfare or otherwise seemed unable to provide for themselves, they would be refused admission. This doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. It seems like the more likely you are to receive government assistance then the more likely you will come to the United States nowadays. In any era of immigration, the United States has always wanted the people who can contribute positively and support themselves. It seems like we are just taking anybody now.

We just heard actor Jim Nabors, who played Gomer Pyle, wed his longtime male companion. As Gomer would say, “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”

One day America will sink and we will not know what to do.

Mike P. from Chicago

Do you want to do Google searches, text messages and check weather conditions and stock prices while driving? How about keeping your mind straight and driving the car?

Why not take all of the high school sports, which most of us are not interested in if we are not a parent or a relative, and make that a separate pullout section called High School Sports? Then when someone who is not interested in high school sports opens the newspaper, we could take that rider out of the paper and throw it away. We can then read the newspaper for what it was meant to be. It’s a newspaper, not a high school sports report.

Being an open-minded skeptic I’m not superstitious but I do agree with Tom from Oak Lawn. It’s unconscionable that people can legally execute their children in a supposedly Christian country. Ironically that does, very slightly, relieve the most serious problem destroying our planet: overpopulation. Wild animals go into the rut once a year but humans have evolved (yes, evolved) with the intelligence that allows us to understand the concepts of social conscience and human moral responsibility. Everything we do affects the health and quality of life of everyone. Those that don’t understand the problem are the problem.

It is good that Cook County property tax bills now show how underfunded local taxing pensions are underfunded. Now what are we supposed to do with that information? Uninformed voters keep re-electing the same corrupt politicians who do not care to fix the pension problem. Until there is some punishment done to them, the pension problem will just continue to get worse.

About bank robbers: I am old enough to remember when there were security guards at almost every bank. The banks stopped doing this because they do not want to pay the security guards and said their insurance will pay for any stolen money. It seems to me that this is part of the reason that bank robbers are much bolder. It looks like the banks are inviting the robbers to steal. What do you think?

Oak Lawn

Being a legal and naturalized U.S. citizen that came here legally, I just want to say that the United States is truly governed by idiots, who are voted in by idiots. There needs to be a test for people to vote. The other qualification to vote would be that you must be a taxpaying citizen. That way, you cannot just vote for the politician that promises to keep giving you freebies without you having any skin in the game.



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