Speak Out for Feb. 19, 2013
February 18, 2013 4:18PM
From left, state Sens. Bill Cunningham, Napoleon Harris and Michael Hastings talk at the Chicago Southland Chamber Regional Consensus Lunch at the Tinley Park Convention Center on Monday, February 11, 2013. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 20, 2013 6:28AM
State Sens. Bill Cunningham, Napoleon Harris and Michael Hastings favor a review of tax incentives to companies planning to expand or threatening to leave Illinois. Let’s hope that happens.
While watching an old movie the other night it struck me how the actors were on the screen continuously. There were no explosions, zombies, people groping each other, throwing up, trips to the bathroom, or lewd moves depicting sexual acts. While we are at it, explain to me how parents now explain all the erectile dysfunction ads to their children?
During their strike, the Chicago teachers blocked Clark Street in downtown to stage a protest rally. I wonder if they had a permit, $50,000 for private security and paid the city for the extra police on duty. That’s what I remember were the requirements of the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Fair is fair.
I think the Speak Out comments seem to be so anti-Democrat and anti-governmental.
Four University of Alabama football players were charged with beating and robbing fellow students. This is the type of student athlete that high-profile college football programs recruit in many cases. The sad thing is the charged players are taking from legitimate students at the university. Maybe it’s time for the NFL to create a minor league, like Major League Baseball, and quit using the college system as a conduit to the NFL. A university is for learning, not for grooming linebackers, quarterbacks and kickers. Clean up college football by emphasizing what a university was intended to be, which is educational.
Tom from Evergreen Park
Thank goodness for people like Diana Medley, a special-education teacher in the Northeast School Corp. in Indiana. I think reasoning and beliefs such as hers for a high school prom, which excludes gay people, are what the United States needs in order to get back on the track.
Want to create jobs? Then I think you should raise the minimum age to work. Kids should be focused more on their school studies anyway, rather than money to buy the next thing. I’d like to see some statistics on the academic success of students who don’t work compared to those that do. Want to create more jobs? Then I think you should lower the retirement age. There goes your unemployment problem.
Gasoline prices are creeping over $4 a gallon on a regular basis in Illinois and I don’t hear a whole lot of griping. We need to be vocal about this gouging or we’ll be at $5 a gallon before you know it.
Pat from Frankfort
At Pope Benedict XVI’s last public Mass, the Associated Press reported that the rows of bishops, some with tears in their eyes, removed their miters and one prelate dabbed at his eyes with a handkerchief. One cannot help but wonder if those tears shed by the bishops for the departing pope had been preceded by any tears from those same bishops for the young victims of the clergy sexual abuse that I believe this pope has so diligently covered up for so many years.
Jeff from Orland Hills
I watched the TV show “Extreme Couponing.” I’m no math major but something didn’t add up. Her goal was to purchase over $600 of sale items for less than $10. She bought 100 Powerade bottles, which she said sells for $1.49 a bottle. They were on sale for $1 a bottle. She had coupons for buy five, get five free. She said that makes a good buy at 50 cents a bottle. She bought 100. Her total bill was $638. After all the coupons she paid $8 and change. How did the Powerade become less than 50 cents a bottle?
Enough about our elected state and federal officials and the bad job they do! We had a federal election in November. The next state election will be in two years. The chance to do something at the federal level has passed. Not enough people agreed with the federal officials’ complainers. The same goes for two years earlier with the Illinois election. I hope these complainers are voting in their local elections this spring and getting involved to find people who will run for state positions and Congress in two years. Until then, toss out the broken-record comments.
I’ve always loved actor Tom Selleck and I’m a fan of “Blue Bloods.” It’s good to watch a TV show that includes a great story line, uses the words “God” and “Catholic,” has characters who have Sunday dinner together, and features a commissioner who looks out for the other guy without looking for what’s in it for him. Kudos to the writers and producer.
Dani from Homer Glen
Does this make sense? Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was charged with misusing $750,000 in campaign funds. The penalty could be $250,000 in fines and a maximum of five years in jail. He stole $750,000. Why should he not pay back the total amount? He has the money. Why do the taxpayers always get dumped on in Illinois?
It seems like the cops did a pretty good job finding the two killers of Hadiya Pendleton. Maybe all it take for them to find all these other murderers is to have President Obama or first lady Michelle Obama come to visit us. It’s too bad they can’t come around more often. Maybe then there would be more criminals found.
Maybe Illinois is cursed with mean spirits from the past, with all of our problems. They need to walk the billy goat around Springfield with Gov. Pat Quinn leading the parade.
BJ from Hazel Crest