Speak Out for Sept. 4, 2013
September 4, 2013 5:16AM
Jason Klaczynski, of Orland Park, recently won an unprecedented third world championship in the Pokemon Trading Card Game tournament held in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was introduced to the game while a student at Jerling Junior High in Orland Park. He's seen with his championship trophy, featuring the Pokemon character Pikachu. | Mike Nolan~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 5, 2013 6:19AM
Congratulations to Jason Klaczynski, of Orland Park, who won his third world championship in the Pokemon Trading Card Game. He proves that card games aren’t just for kids.
I just wanted to thank Chicago Ridge’s fine police and fire departments on coming to my wife’s rescue on Aug. 28th. My wife had a motorcycle accident on Virginia Avenue. I just wanted to say, “Thank you. Thank you for all your help.”
Jeff R. from Chicago Ridge
Maybe if the Republicans could get more of a human side about them, then people would not vote Democrat. But all they see is how they can put more money into the pockets of the rich and how low they can demonize women.
BJ from Hazel Crest
Some communities have blamed teachers, schools, lack of jobs and guns for the hundreds of killings, sexual assaults, robberies and violence in many of the Chicago neighborhoods. But we never blame the lack of parenting, drugs and the very fact that these violent gangs are allowed to exist and rule communities, yet most people living there don’t want “stop and frisk.”
Instead of bemoaning that entry-level jobs (i.e., fast-food jobs) have been taken by adults who demand a wage they can live on, people should ask why adults in their prime money-earning years are forced to take these jobs. Wake up, people! Minimum wage service jobs are the majority of jobs that “job creators” are creating. I know people who had jobs that paid in the upper five figures to lower six figures who can find nothing but these types of jobs if they can get hired at all because they are overqualified college graduates. The good jobs have left America.
With the two-year drought we had in this area, many homes have structural damage. There should be some relief from homeowners insurance just as there is with wind or lighting damage.
Carl from Tinley Park
What if Chicago could put speed cameras on the Dan Ryan Expressway? Imagine the tickets they could issue every day. I’m willing to bet it would be a lot more than speed cameras by schools. Now that would really be in the interest of safety.
For those who support same-sex marriage and think it will not affect society, just give it some time. Christians, and Catholics in particular, will ultimately be persecuted. What happens when the Catholic Church refuses to marry a gay couple? One day a civil suit will be filed. One day the Supreme Court will weigh in. One day it will be a crime to deny marriage to gay people in the Catholic Church. And one day a priest will be arrested and jailed for living up to the faith. So much for religious liberty!
Why is Congress allowed to remain on vacation when important life and death decisions are being made only by President Obama about chemical weapons in Syria? Congress needs to work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day just like the taxpayers that toil to pay them, or don’t run for office.
Bob from Hickory Hills
People say the Peotone airport is not necessary, but it seems like every airline report says that the longest delays occur at O’Hare International Airport. I think we need another airport.
The reason President Obama has not done anything to help the people in Syria? I think he is a do-nothing president. He does nothing to help the economy, he does nothing in Benghazi, Libya; and he does nothing in Syria.
To Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox fans: This long season is almost over.
Although it’s not officially autumn for a few more weeks, several suburbs have fall festivals on the way. Oak Lawn’s Fall on the Green is from Sept. 6 to 8, and the second annual Festival of Sister Cities is from Sept. 6 to 8 in Chicago Heights. Also, Flossmoor Fest is set for Sept. 7, while Homer Harvest Days will take place from Sept. 7 to 8 at Trantina Farm in Lockport. These events are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and visit with friends and neighbors.
Did you enjoy your long holiday weekend? This Labor Day weekend was brought to you by the blood, sweat and tears of the labor movement. I can’t wait to read the union-bashing responses because it was unions who caused the great recession of 2008, right?
Who’s excited about high school football? There are so many great teams and so much energy from all the hardworking students who are back in school. Sure, there are big teams like the Chicago Bears getting ready to hit the field for the official NFL season as well as fantasy football games. But make sure to support your hometown high school football teams through attending the games and cheering on the kids. There are also fundraisers that help with team pride. Show the kids that their efforts are appreciated, and that will help them to go further in life.
I was surprised to hear that Meredith Vieira has been replaced as the host of the syndicated game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” Granted, she replaced original prime-time host Regis Philbin in 2002. But she was still fun to watch all these years. Hopefully new host Cedric the Entertainer will be fun as well. After all, look how well Steve Harvey has done since taking over as host of the game show “Family Feud.” Now there’s a show with a lot of hosts from the original Richard Dawson to Ray Combs, Louie Anderson, Richard Karn and John O’Hurley.