Speak Out for Aug. 4, 2013
August 2, 2013 2:54PM
O.J. Simpson | AP file photo
Updated: September 5, 2013 6:48AM
Who? I wonder how many people under 40 to 45 years old even know or care who current felon and former football player and actor O.J. Simpson is or was.
“Change is good” is an expression we hear so very often. A big change has recently taken place at the entrance of the Oak Hills village complex in Palos Heights. A flagpole adorned with Old Glory waves in the wind. An ever-flowing cascading waterfall splashes on rocks. There is an array of flowers and greenery to complete a picturesque setting. What a refreshing change! Compliments are the order of the day to the committee and board members who pursued this project to its completion. This showcase entrance is perfect. Kudos to the professional landscaper crew who did a superb job.
Bernadine from Palos Heights
To King from Midway who commented about where money for education should be allocated: As a future teacher, I have to disagree. Of course academics are important in education especially in a society where many people are focused on test scores. But there is more to learning than academics. Some of the most important things students will learn in school are not in any textbook. Extracurricular activities help students with learning including areas like teamwork, problem-solving, health and self-esteem. Education is more than bubbling in answers on a sheet. There are lessons to be learned in all aspects of life.
Regarding Gov. Pat Quinn and medical marijuana: Gov. Quinn can’t get anything right. I was looking forward to a family member being able to get pharmaceutical-grade marijuana when the bill was signed. However, such restrictions have been put on it that it will not be available. It’s politicians, once again, sticking their noses into something they don’t understand: pain management. I could elaborate why it’s needed in pain management, but it seems like Gov. Quinn only cares about the headlines, not the little people.
Ken from Crete
Can anyone explain to me why some of the media suggests that the shootings in Chicago and surrounding suburbs are dropping dramatically? Just about every day I turn on the news and there’s a shooting incident somewhere. Something’s not balancing out.
Willie from Oak Forest
Once again our illustrious elected officials are pounding the drum for a Peotone airport. Do I need to remind these same politicians that the Gary/Chicago International Airport still exists? It’s so underutilized that it’s ridiculous. No airline has signed on to go to Peotone. What is an airport without an airline? It’s a political boondoggle.
Mark from Hickory Hills
I gladly pay my taxes to live in a free and civil society. If you believe your freedoms were given to you by God, the next time your house is burning, pray to God it stops. When your house is being robbed, pray to God the intruder stops. If you’re a parent with a child in public school, take them out and pray to God they get the academic and social skills to secure a well-paying job. I’m thankful for police, firemen and teachers and the services they provide. You aren’t slaves to these professionals, but they deserve your respect.
To the rebuttal of the 57-year-old who failed to appear for jury duty for many reasons: Seriously? You missed the whole point. People do not want to travel for jury duty when you have a courthouses close to their house. Buy a car with better gasoline mileage? What world do you live in?
Linda from Monee
I find it troublesome and disconcerting that some neighbors have nothing better to do than complain and call their village about every issue they feel is an infraction of code, rules and offenses against what they feel should or should not be. All subdivisions have them and one has to wonder what drives them to single themselves out as they do. We all know who you are.
MLB from Homer Glen
No one should be surprised that Anthony Weiner feels he deserves to be mayor of New York. He has joined the ranks of other iconic Democrats such as President Clinton and former U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy. Weiner now wears the badge of honor of those indiscretions. It seems like no Democrat, male or female, has come forward to publicly condemn any of these people for their indiscretions.
Ken from Oak Lawn
Lots of people love Lollapalooza, but I think it’s a big headache.
Hey, Link card police, if we increase the minimum wage, we can reduce the number of people collecting the Link card. Why don’t I hear any of you advocating for this? Maybe we should be focusing on how to get people out of poverty.
To the commenter about trucks staying in the two right lanes: I totally agree. I see it every day. I thought in order to get a commercial driver’s license you had to speak and read English. I’m a dispatcher who has found that half of the people with CDLs can’t talk, read or have any common sense. They can’t function. Yes, the roads are very very unsafe these days.
Here’s an idea for all those fast-food workers striking and demanding raises from $9 to $15 per hour. Go find another job that pays $15 for your skills and quit your fast-food job. Oops! You say illiterate dropouts with third-grade math skills can’t find $15-per-hour jobs? Maybe the problem isn’t that the job pays too little. Perhaps you need to improve your skills and education to deserve that raise. That moving forward attitude is what made America great. Your entitlement attitude is what’s killing our nation.
Bob from Palos Park