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Speak Out for Oct. 25, 2013

A bicyclist cuts through middle FranklStreet between Lake Randolph streets Chicago.  |  File photo

A bicyclist cuts through the middle of Franklin Street between Lake and Randolph streets in Chicago. | File photo

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Updated: November 26, 2013 6:33AM



I think having bicyclists licensed is a great idea. Why shouldn’t they help pay for the roads, etc., they use? They seem to think they own the roads. They should have to pay like motorized vehicles.

About God: Thank you, Fred from Frankfort. Well said! God is great. God bless you.

Who said the United States does not have a class system? I see where some states are now going to let the furloughed federal workers keep the unemployment money they signed up for even though they will receive full back pay for any time off from the government shutdown. How nice! I guess this will now apply to all workers. If not, why not? To me, this is outrageous.

They can raise the tax on cigarettes and bottled water all they want. All they are doing is driving everyone out of the area. I go to Hammond, Ind., to get my cigarettes so that doesn’t affect me, and I know a lot of other people who do this same sort of thing. And you can go to another store outside of the area if you want to do some grocery shopping.

I believe people demonstrate more now than they ever did before in the United States. They are demonstrating for schools, for immigration reform, for shootings, for or against the newest political issue and other things. But instead of only demonstrating in downtown Chicago or some other popular public area, I think they should demonstrate in front of some of these ward offices. Send a message directly to your representative.

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush is standing with Robbins residents to fight against the so elegantly termed quick-take procedure that will remove people from their homes and take over 20 percent of the town. It’s too bad the people of Peotone, which lies in Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District, seem not to have that same kind of representation to save their homes and land or to have their wishes addressed.

Some say the government shutdown took $24 billion out of the economy. That sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? Let’s go crazy and blame someone for this. I will not. The U.S. federal tax revenue is $2.74 trillion, according to usdebtclock.org. Do the math. That’s less than 1 percent. Do you want to cry over losing less than 1 penny out of a dollar? Federal spending is $3.517 trillion. Now do that math.

Going green is such a farce that is forced on the American public. Take a look at the aircraft carriers that are running 24 hours per day and seven day per week. We have planes taking off and landing all the time. We are shooting missiles at other places. What about the propellants there? I guess all of this doesn’t matter, but you better not drive a car that leaves a big carbon footprint. What a farce! When are the American people going to wake up and look at what our government is doing to us?

Pete from Oak Lawn

The Affordable Care Act was designed to help the uninsured and underinsured. If you and your husband have to pay a little more to make sure that happens, then mission accomplished.

Wes from Orland Park

Do the shoppers at the new T.J. Maxx store in Tinley Park realize that they are shopping in the old Lane Bryant store where all of those women perished in February 2008 during a robbery? I think the building should have been torn down and a memorial for the shooting victims should have been built in its place.

I wonder how many times people in America have been told we are headed toward either financial ruin, or political ruin, or social ruin or whatever. I’m sure there was someone in the past saying, “President Millard Fillmore is going to ruin this country.” Let’s face it. Someone has thought the past 43 presidents since President George Washington have been lousy. I think President John Quincy Adams often swam naked. What a degenerate! What will the children think? Some presidents cry about it and some shut up and do their job. I prefer they shut up and do their job.

At my job, I don’t get tipped for doing a good job. I just get to keep my job.

Danny from Bridgeview

I hope that those members of the Tea Party who precipitated the government shutdown are as ashamed of themselves as the rest of America is of them. These people are un-American and they put their own ideology ahead of the good of the country. We should get people who want to work.

Thank you for writing the column regarding homeless veteran Anthony Mazar. I often wondered about his history and if he was truly homeless since we have been seeing many people standing on corners requesting money. After reading Donna Vickroy’s article about him, I hope more people open their wallets and place themselves in his situation especially when the weather is getting colder.

Debbie from Oak Forest

Regarding a debt reduction plan: To reduce the debt in Chicago I propose that we do away with alderman and then add an amendment that all elected politicians have to register. I suggest fees of $25 per month.

Ken

How is it that Republicans scream high and low about how the uncertainty surrounding Obamacare and other Democratic measures has caused the economy to stagnate, but Republicans never talked about the uncertainty caused by their government shutdown and threat to not raise the debt limit? Hypocrites!

I saw the schedule for the World Series games. I thought baseball was played during the daytime.

Lou from Palos



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