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Speak Out for Oct. 6, 2013

Pianist Tomasz Robak will perform Southwest Symphony Orchestra's Oct. 6 concert Trinity Christian College's OzingAuditorium Palos Heights kick off orchestra's

Pianist Tomasz Robak will perform at Southwest Symphony Orchestra's Oct. 6 concert at the Trinity Christian College's Ozinga Auditorium in Palos Heights to kick off the orchestra's 50th anniversary season.

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Updated: November 7, 2013 6:40AM



Congrats to Southwest Symphony Orchestra on your 50th anniversary season. What a milestone! I’m looking forward to your Timeless Melodies show with pianist Tomasz Robak in Palos Heights.

Thank you to the person who found a DVD that was lost and turned it in to the library. You saved my grandson $30. There are some great people out there.

The Republican Party and the Tea Party better wake up. The American people are not going to take much more. When our backs are against the wall, we are going to come out swinging. I think they don’t care about anybody but themselves.

Culling is needed to thin out deer. There’s not enough food or room for them. It seems like Illinois deer’s main predators are cars. I’m an animal lover but can understand culling is necessary.

Jean from Oak Forest

Regarding the complaint about new health care. If you already have a health care policy that you are happy with, why are you spending hours on the new health care website and complaining about a policy you found that costs $75 a month more than you currently pay? The government has not mandated that you must change your health care policy.

To Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell about the incident at Rich South High School: You said felony mob action charges are too severe and community service would be more appropriate. Do you really think that would help those children who planted a look-alike bomb at Rich Central High School and community service should be the only punishment for the Rich South fight? There must be logical consequences to children’s behavior. That’s how I raised my children. Sometimes consequences must be severe. Our justice system must mete out justice based on the crime, not simply administer a slap on the wrist.

Bob from Homewood

After 9/11 there was an increase of being patriotic and flying the American flag, but many years later you don’t see very many flags out. I fly my flag every day in honor of the men and women who protect the United States. We are still at war. In many communities our flag represents our men and women at war. It’s an honor to represent the people who serve this country.

New Lenox

I don’t understand why a Speak Out commenter is against naming public buildings. What the government should do, in fact, is sell naming rights to public buildings, streets and other public facilities.

So what is it? Does a higher minimum wage hurt small business or not? California voted to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

The Chicago White Sox just lost 99 games, winning only 39 percent of their games. I went to the White Sox website and saw a banner to put down a deposit for 2014 season tickets. This is some nerve. Who would want to see these losers for another 162 games?

Since the political standoff over the U.S. budget has shut down what are termed “nonessential government services,” I’m wondering why we don’t keep them shut down and save money? Common sense say let’s stop wasting money on nonessentials.

The people of Brookside Glen in Tinley Park knew that vacant land was there when they bought. I think they should have put a little more thought into it before they bought.

My mother and father used to say that the United States is on its way to hell because it’s not what it used to be. I told my children that the country is going to hell and it’s getting worse than it’s ever been. Now my children tell me I’m wrong because the country has gone to hell.

Why are young women insisting on doing everything by themselves? They insist they can have kids, career and a single life. Then reality hits. They’re overwhelmed. Did it ever occur to them that a full-time dad takes off much of the pressure? When you need to relax, get out or have adult conversation, a dad is there. If the kids are sick, you and your husband can take turns giving care. Also, how about two incomes? While marriage can be hard work, it gives many pleasures and comfort. Your mate takes much of life’s worries and pressures off your shoulders.

I think the government’s problem is there are too many people with upscale degrees. What they need is ordinary people who have common sense. You can have people with degrees who can write laws, but you need people with common sense to implement laws.

There are a lot of these video gambling machines in restaurants and taverns and other places. What are the so-called payback percentages on these machines, and who is supervising if they are hitting at the set percentage? Some states have laws requiring a minimum set payback percentage. Why doesn’t the machine or the facility have the percentage posted? It seems they are being secretive about this statistic.

Please tell me why and how the 535 representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate continue to go against the will of we, the more than 310 million people. Why don’t we fire all of them when they stand for their next elections? If these 535 men and women were working in the private sector they would all be fired. But here is just one more stupid question: Why can President Obama call the leader of Iran yet he can’t sit down with the Democrats and Republicans to solve our nation’s serious problems?

Don from Palos Hills



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