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Speak Out for Feb. 20, 2013

Kathy Bart(right) Lenore Joyce (left) volunteer during fundraiser for South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade 115 BourbStreet Merrionette Park

Kathy Barton (right) and Lenore Joyce (left) volunteer during the fundraiser for the South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park, Illinois, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. | Karen Gioia ~ For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 21, 2013 6:26AM



It was great to see volunteers like Lenore Joyce and Kathy Barton among the many who turned out for the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade fundraiser at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park.

My neighborhood still abounds with “Proud Union Home” signs. As far as I am concerned, the unions are the cause for goods to be made overseas. Their demand for high wages, health insurance and other benefits made manufacturing in the United States an impossibility.

Palos Heights

Please let us understand the words being thrown about by all the politicians regarding where America stands regarding our finances. The deficit is the difference between what the government takes in in taxes and what it spends, which is down to about $1 trillion per year. The debt is the amount of money we have borrowed year after year to pay for our overspending. The debt, currently over $16 trillion, is where we were supposed to stop borrowing and actually cut spending so we wouldn’t go past the debt ceiling. The bottom line is we are bankrupt and broke, period.

To the commenter who addressed Wayne Smith, general manager of Hollywood Casino in Joliet: You couldn’t have addressed the problem with the casino any better. It’s now gone from a great entertainment venue before the fire to a cheap, no-payout gaming parlor. I have spoken with others who have said, “It’s a place I’d be embarrassed to go.” The casino’s only ace in the hole is their buffet. Bring back the old management, update the outdated hotel, lose the sleaze,and maybe, just maybe, gamblers will come back to the Hollywood in Joliet.

S.D. from Orland Park

In a recent column, Phil Kadner stated that it takes years before anything gets done in Illinois. Is 60 years too much to ask? The Democrats have ruled, used and misused this state and its finances for more than 60 years. It’s ridiculous.

Bob from Oak Forest

Some said it would happen, and it did. I think the Cook County teachers got what they demanded, and we taxpayers are paying for it with our property tax increases. It is particularly wrong and sad for the seniors who are supposed to get a senior freeze on their property taxes and whose income is in the poverty range. The teachers should be ashamed that they do not measure up to the integrity and professionalism of teachers from the past.

I think most lying, cheating and fraudulent people become politicians just as most pedophiles and psycho sexual perverts become priests. You’d have to be blind not to see it. Every politician should be investigated before, during and after being in office. Look at recent crooks who were charged with cheating and stealing your hard-earned money: former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell and former Todd Stroger spokesman Eugene Mullins. You’re giving robbers your address and leaving the door open with a running trailer sitting outside.

Regarding gay marriages: If you decide to adopt a child, what are you going to tell him or her about gender differences and having two mothers or two fathers? How are you going to justify other children having a female mother and a male father? Don’t we have enough problems without messing up a child’s mind? I have no problem with your lifestyle as long you keep it to yourself. But when you try to include others in believing it is normal to marry one another of the same gender, it seems to me to be a twist of fate.

Eagle Ridge V

I was so delighted to read that Chet from South Chicago Heights has a SouthtownStar carrier as wonderful as ours. We have James Parker. Like Sid, James always leaves both our newspapers right at the front door no matter the weather. In addition, he has to climb six steps to do it. My No. 1 goes to both gentlemen.

Barb from Homewood

The scariest change I’ve seen in my 54 years is the lack of critical thinking on the part of our young people. In the 1960s and ’70s our mantra was “question authority.” Now it seems to be “if the government says it’s right, it must be right.” I’ve heard complaints from parents about how students are not encouraged to think in school. They are no longer encouraged to get their information from various source. Teachers have told students to use certain sites, and grades are lowered when a student goes outside the box and shows initiative.

President Bush has been gone for five years now. When is President Obama going to accept the words “I blame myself”?

About driving: Yes, signs are universal, and we are not saying illegal immigrants are stupid. Everything is in English along with posted speed limits. People need to know the speed limit. They need to know that when you turn, oncoming traffic has the right of way. One lady I saw recently did not know this.

Jay Williams, a former Chicago Bull, recently stated that players on his Bulls team smoked marijuana before games. Well, isn’t that great? These grossly overpaid basketball players, who really don’t provide anything of real value to society, can’t even give an honest effort for all the money they are paid. These morons should thank God they are allowed to play a kids game, get paid excessive amounts and engage in illegal drug use in a sport that apparently looks the other way. Is there any reason to consider many professional athletes as anything more than rich low-grade louts?



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