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Speak Out for Feb. 22, 2013

Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose works out before Bulls' NBA basketball game against Utah Jazz Friday Feb. 8 2013 Salt Lake

Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose works out before the Bulls' NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Updated: March 23, 2013 6:19AM



The Chicago Bulls should have traded basketball star Derrick Rose. He’s young but he has been on the disabled list forever. I think he is dead weight. Trade him.

I’d like to thank the Tinley Park Fire Department. We had problems with the pilot light in our fireplace. I only called the fire department expecting them to check for a gas leak. They came out in a short period of time and were very courteous and professional. Not only did they check for a leak but they fixed the problem with the pilot light. The fireplace works fine now. Thank you. We really appreciated it.

Tom from Tinley Park

I’m concerned about our children, adults and animals. The coyotes are terrible. I live near 168th Street and 84th Avenue. There was something huge laying in the grass near the reservoir. Lo and behold, it was the Grand Poobah of coyotes. This thing was huge. I wish something could be done about them. I think they are really dangerous.

It’s about time the United States and Switzerland signed an agreement to report any tax evaders. Everyone should pay their fair share. If they make their money here, then they need to pay their taxes here.

To Ben from Park Forest: I think putting identifiers on bullets is illogical for three reasons: 1. Bullets (projectiles) are basically deformed beyond recognition or break up upon impact, which would render any markings unreadable. 2. It would be cost-prohibitive for manufacturers and ultimately consumers to assign unique identifiers to every bullet and shell casing. 3. The bad guys don’t obtain their bullets or firearms legally and no gun control law is ever going to affect them. That is the undeniable common-sense truth that is always overlooked in the gun control debate.

Crestwood

Everyone is so quick to complain about teachers’ salaries and benefits. How come I never hear complaints about all the superintendents and assistant superintendents we have here in Illinois? I think these high-paying positions result in big pension payouts, but everyone in Speak Out seems to complain about those that have the smallest incomes. I don’t get it.

The welfare system should help with jobs. Instead, it seems like recipients get more but funding is cut for senior programs.

Instead of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan or former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley running for Illinois governor, the one we really need in there is TV bankruptcy attorney Peter Francis Geraci.

Midlothian

We need less campaigning from elected politicians and more leadership.

I was envious to read that Chet and Barb have such wonderful carriers. I wish I could say the same of my SouthtownStar carrier. My papers have never been delivered on my doorstep. They are either under my car, in the drainage ditch at the end of my drive or blowing down the middle of the busy street I live on. Lucky you!

Oak Forest

The Catholic Church has lost a tremendous amount of respect because of these homosexual child molesters. Now the homosexuals are trying to destroy the Boy Scouts of America. I think it’s a terrible shame.

It seems nobody is running to Roberto Clemente Community Academy, which has had three students shot and killed. Does anybody think this is fair? Why aren’t these kids treated equally?

Chicago

To the Palos Heights commenter: I’m sure you’re enjoying living the American dream. Your career has provided you a living to support a family and have health care, days off and an eight-hour day. Until there were unions, most American workers were treated as expendable servants or worse. While many jobs are overpaid, so are business executives, politicians, lawyers, etc. If our government had spent our money on what it was collected for instead of robbing one fund for the other, we’d be in much better shape. If you think only the elderly get Social Security, you’re not even close.

Regarding the 2nd Congressional District race: From what I’ve seen, former state Rep. Robin Kelly’s campaign consists solely of negative comments about her opponents. Apparently Robin Kelly has no accomplishments on which to campaign. If she is elected, I think she will be just another politician who can only point fingers at others while contributing nothing to our district. Our district deserves better than that.

About Carnival Triumph’s cruise finally being over: I don’t understand Mary Poret, the mother that was so worried about her 12-year-old daughter, Rebekah, being alone and without her on the disaster cruise. Honey, why did she go without you? I hope she was with grandparents or some other adult. Maybe now parents will think twice about letting young children go somewhere without them. Common sense is needed and not letting them go “just because.”

I would like Illinois to be accountable as to what they did with the federal funding given to Illinois to help indigent people. Illinois pulled dental care for adults in June. I think the state has not been accountable as to where and what happened to the budgeted funds for indigent people to get dental care. At this point, no adults who are low-income who have qualified for Medicaid can get any kind of dental care except emergency tooth pulling. What happened to our money? Somebody should make the state accountable.



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