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Speak Out for Oct. 3, 2013

Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks greets fans during red carpet event before Blackhawks take WashingtCapitals United Center Oct. 1 2013 Chicago.

Jonathan Toews, of the Chicago Blackhawks, greets fans during a red carpet event before the Blackhawks take on the Washington Capitals at the United Center on Oct. 1, 2013, in Chicago. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Updated: November 4, 2013 12:07PM



It’s so nice to see how the Chicago Blackhawks always dress like gentlemen in suits for important occasions unlike other sports players who dress like they’re teens instead of adults.

Where does it stop? I went through a drive-through at a coffeehouse in Oak Lawn and couldn’t believe there was a tip jar at the pickup window. Is anyone else as tired as I am of everybody with their hand out? It seems as though everywhere I go I’m being hit up for money. Who gets a tip next — the clerk at the library or the counter person at the bakery?

Burbank

It seems like the same people on the same scene in Syria. There are armed factions, a rotten dictator in Bashar al-Assad and chemical-weapon atrocities. The other thing that is the same is the United States has no clear path to victory. When will we learn to mind our own business?

Alsip Joe

Bremen Braves football has improved and worked hard after losing to Andrew High School in week one. The team has put in the work. They’re going hard in practice or paying attention in the film room to make the postseason and/or playoffs. In practice the Bremen Braves go through drills or do team offense or defense, but the Braves need to worry about future opponents like Oak Forest High School on Oct. 4 or Lemont High School on Oct. 18. The Bremen Braves are a different team, and they were tough competition against Thornton-Fractional South High School on Sept. 27.

Regarding bumper stickers: I am an independent voter, too, who is tempted to have a bumper sticker that states, “Support ridiculously low tax rates for wealthy corporations, getting rid of Medicare and Social Security and having the government dictate women’s health care choices? Then you must vote for Republicans.”

About retired teachers: What’s the debate? We taxpayers pay for much-needed educators. They get a nice pension. When they return to teach and collect, I think it is double dipping. We wonder why our taxes are so high. Just retire later or halt pensions while the person returns to teaching. Send the hard-to-reach kids to parochial school where I believe they’ll be taught manners.

Chicago Cubs fans who insist on their team staying at Wrigley Field must never have been to other ballparks. I recommend they travel to MLB ballparks in St. Louis, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and elsewhere. Clearly, after visiting those parks, it’s no wonder they call Chicago “the Second City.” I’ve been a Cubs fan longer than most (I remember Ernie Banks as a rookie) and enjoyed the park and the Wrigleyville atmosphere for years, but it’s time to move on past that dump and into the 21st century with good parking facilities, wide concourses, no seats behind beams and bathrooms without troughs.

Orland Park

Shut it down. Shut it all down. It needs to be shut down and reset.

People wanted Congress to address two issues: 1. Pre-existing conditions. 2. Portability of employer health insurance. Instead, we got the Affordable Care Act. I think it is the most expensive, wasteful piece of legislation ever set loose on the taxpayers.

Let’s look at the obvious. The tax ramifications of the proposed Wal-Mart development prove a multimillion dollar windfall for all involved even with the tax break for Wal-Mart. That issue is moot. Noise and traffic issues? Some of the Brookside Glen constituents admit that when they bought their homes, Lincoln-Way North High School was the possible inhabitant of the proposed corner. Are we to believe that a discount department store is going to produce noise and traffic issues greater than a huge high school? Thank you, Mayor Ed Zabrocki, for thinking about the village of Tinley Park.

Otto from Tinley Park

Metropolitan Correctional Center inmate Jose Banks rappelled down 17 stories on a rope cobbled from bedsheets and dental floss. The prison should’ve been more precautious. Banks said if the guards were more thorough with daily inspections, the situation would’ve been prevented. A staffing shortage also helped make the escape easier. The breakout was caught on surveillance videos but not seen because the guard assigned to that monitor was counting inmates on another floor. With so many inmates, there should be twice as much guards to keep the prison under control. A slipup like this can put many lives in danger.

Michelle R. from Harvey

Most small business workers have no pensions or retirement plans. Why can’t Illinois alter its Constitution to say the pension system is ending for new employees? They would enroll in Social Security as a supplement and invest in the markets. Pensions would continue for those enrolled as they paid into it. The mess started with Gov. Daniel Walker. Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich used pension money to pay for other state projects. Illinois and America are drowning in debt. Politicians are destroying America. Do people realize how much $16 trillion is? Sometimes I feel the inmates are running the insane asylum.

Willow Springs



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