Speak Out for Feb. 26, 2013
February 26, 2013 7:53AM
Pope Benedict XVI arrives for his weekly general audience at the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. He said he is stepping down for "the good of the church." (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Updated: March 27, 2013 6:17AM
Why can’t Chicago Mayor Emanuel follow Pope Benedict XVI’s lead and resign?
Mike P. from Chicago
The midterm elections are a year-and-a-half away. They are important because they are for control of the House and the Senate. Don’t think in terms of party. Think in terms of liberals and conservatives. Remember that liberals ended slavery, got women the right to vote, got African-Americans the right to vote, passed Social Security, ended segregation, passed the Civil Rights Act, passed the Voting Rights Act, formed Medicare, passed the Clean Air Act and passed the Clean Water Act. Conservatives opposed every one of them. Now go back and insert “Democrat” for liberal and “Republican” for conservative.
This is for all the slowpokes out there. I live in Lockport and drive to the Orland area daily. The speed limit on 159th Street varies from 45 mph to 55 mph, and there is always someone driving 10 mph to 25 mph under the posted speed limit. On the rare chance I get to pass these people up, they are either talking on their cellular phone or just oblivious to the people behind them. Drivers like this don’t get into accidents; they cause them. Put the pedal to the metal, folks.
Dan from Lockport
Thank a union. Be glad there are unions because of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Civil Rights Act , the Occupational Safety and Health Act, workplace safety and standards agencies, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, etc. The main group fighting to keep jobs here opposed the North American Free Trade Agreement. I’m proud of my sign.
Kay from Palos Heights
To the person who criticized Cook County teachers: To whom are you referring? Teachers are employed by local school districts. If you have a complaint about your school taxes, you should contact your local school districts’ boards. I am not aware of any teacher strikes this year in the SouthtownStar’s coverage area. Many local districts have frozen teacher salaries and benefits or reduced them because of budget problems, most of which are due to Illinois not properly funding schools. Complain to your state senator and representative. And I disagree with the assertion that teachers do not have integrity and professionalism.
Pat from Lemont
Regarding blasphemy: That achingly bad non-comedy TV show “Saturday Night Live” recently ran a skit portraying Jesus Christ as an assassin. It seems that ridiculing Jesus is an easy target for laughs. I’m sure they won’t hear the ominous threats that members of other religions provide if they feel that their religion has been blasphemed. Maybe if the honchos at “SNL” have the guts, they just might try that route for cheap laughs. What do you think the chances of that are?
Tom from Evergreen Park
President Obama needs to start using reverse psychology on the Republicans. When they present a plan that he likes, then he should say, “No.” That way the Republicans would vote yes on the plan. I think U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s immigration plan is similar to the one President Obama is proposing. But when Rubio heard it he stated that it would never pass.
I’m not sure where common sense has gone, but why is it that some people can’t comprehend that criminals don’t go into a gun store, show a firearms owner’s identification card and buy bullets legally? So how would any identifiers on a bullet ever be traced back to them? And yes, even bullets striking human flesh and bone and walls (after passing through a body) will deform and fragment. The futility and increased cost associated with coding every bullet would only affect law-abiding citizens as do most gun control laws. I think antigun ideology unfortunately blinds reasoning ability.
To the person who wrote about the scariest change in 54 years being the lack of critical thinking on the part of our young people: I believe you only mentioned a small segment of our population. You should have mentioned your generation and the generation before ours. I am also 54 years old. My proof of this is reading Speak Out every day. That should be proof enough. The majority of the people who comment in Speak Out seem to think they have some special insight on how things should be, but guess what. You don’t. Deal with it.
About newspaper delivery: I also am one of the lucky ones who finds the paper at my front step every morning. My deliveryperson Clarence always gets the paper to my front step. Every morning when I open the door I smile and say, “Thank you, Clarence.” He is very much appreciated.
Carol from Homer Glen
As a longtime resident in the 2nd Congressional District, I’m appalled over what former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, have plead guilty to. Unfortunately, I was one of those who was a donor to Jackson Jr.’s campaign fund. Although I didn’t give much money, I’m sickened to see the ridiculousness that the money was spent on. I’d like my money back.
I wish more people could see the positive aspects of others rather than trying to find the negative. When there are employees and especially volunteers trying to make a difference in the lives of our city, district and schools, applaud them for their efforts. Maybe your children will learn the good in people and maybe you will become a happier person.