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Speak Out for June 20, 2013

Bikes are equipped with rear handles so kids can easily be assisted as they learn ride.  |  Susan

Bikes are equipped with rear handles so kids can easily be assisted as they learn to ride. | Susan DeMar Lafferty~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 22, 2013 6:20PM



I have a friend with cerebral palsy. It was great to see the iCan Bike camp in New Lenox. Bravo to iCan Shine and Lincoln-Way Area Special Education District 843 for the effort.

Some experts are skeptical about U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s plan to arrest these gang members. Among his critics are U.S. Rep. Danny Davis and U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush. These two assume to be experts on this subject, but neither has come up with a plan. At least Kirk is coming up with ideas. How about you stop shooting your mouth off and come up with your own ideas since you’re so smart?

Matt from Park Forest

It’s not only conservative groups that can take advantage of the system. There are also liberal Democrats who try to abuse the system. If you think it’s just one way then I have oceanfront property in Arizona that I can sell you.

Bob from Oak Forest

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he will not receive the proper psychiatric help in prison. I think this is a ridiculous reason not to put him in prison for his full time. I thought you can get everything you need in prison like medical, dental and schooling. Do you have any idea how many prisoners need mental health help? How many of them are not getting the help they need? If that is going to be a reason for people not getting the amount of time in prison they deserve, then I guess they’ll be opening the floodgates.

I think Otto from Oak Lawn’s comments about the TV show “Chicago Fire” not depicting how rough it is to handle a working fire are ridiculous. The show does a great job re-creating the dangers and real-life scenarios they face every day. There are so many of us who are very thankful NBC renewed this great show. I can’t wait for the fall season and new episodes.

Regarding the Stanley Cup playoffs: It’s refreshing to listen to hockey players’ interviews discussing their opponents. To a man they are so complimentary of their skills, teamwork and effort. It’s so opposite from the NBA and NFL players. For the young players who look up to the professionals, pay attention when class is displayed.

GWC

It started around 9:30 p.m. June 12 and has continued every night since. It will probably continue until July 15. What is it? It’s fireworks. My poor dog goes bananas. Where are the Glenwood police? Why don’t they nail down these people with the fireworks? Let’s start cracking down now.

Glenwood

I expect the government to spy on its residents. The same people who criticize the National Security Administration will be the first ones to turn around and cry out, “Why didn’t they know about this?” if some terror attack happens in the United States and people die. I give federal agents a lot of credit. It is surely no easy task to be responsible for safety and security when so many lives are always at risk from hostile forces.

Does anyone actually think that the politicians can solve the problems they created? Their answer to the problems is to borrow themselves out of debt.

J.K.

A Speak Out commenter recently said that the cost of living in nonunion areas is much lower. Could it be that’s because lower wages in those areas cause lower demand? I’d like to ask if that commenter thought that the low cost of living during the Great Depression was a good thing as well. Many then could not afford basic necessities despite low prices. I think areas that have strong unionization have a higher standard of living.

Orland Park

To Cook County, Illinois and America: Wow, are you guys taking us to the cleaners with these gasoline prices!

Joan from Crete stated that even though he was an archangel, Lucifer was kicked out of heaven because he was jealous and envious of God. Are you telling us that heaven is not perfect and that envy and jealousy exist in there? What else is wrong with the so-called great hope of the Christians? You just justified the reason to be an atheist. It looks like everyone has been fed a giant lie for money and control by the church.

Homer Glen

What is wrong with people who continue to throw trash out of the windows of their vehicles? Where do they think this garbage goes? Someone eventually has to pick it up and dispose of it properly. Also, I can’t believe that some people leave their trash steps away from a garbage can. Really? You couldn’t walk over and just throw it in there? It’s ridiculous.

Hey, Republicans in the House and the Senate, here’s a plan for you. Give President Obama and the Democrats everything they want and if they fail, 2014 and 2016 are yours. Spoils go to the victor. If they don’t fail, you were wrong. It’s time to put up or shut up. You lost the election. You are behaving like a sore loser on the middle-school playground and making our democracy a laughingstock.

Now that many children are out of school, one option to keep your kids active in body, mind and spirit is Vacation Bible School. This seasonal religious program is offered at several churches. Check to see if your house of worship offers VBS. You won’t be sorry.

I don’t think we had as much crime when Jody Weis or Philip Cline were in charge of the Chicago Police Department. They knew how to run the police department. Take a look at what is happening now every weekend. It’s a shame. Somebody should be on the chopping block.

Chicago



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