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Speak Out for Oct. 28, 2013

A Filipino tattoo artist works design for his client opening two-day tattoo festival dubbed Dutdutan 13 World Trade Center suburban

A Filipino tattoo artist works on a design for his client at the opening of a two-day tattoo festival dubbed Dutdutan 13 at the World Trade Center in suburban Pasay City, south of Manila, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in the Philippines. | AP photo

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Updated: December 1, 2013 6:36AM



I think tattoos are human bumper stickers, and there are very few good ones.

King from Midway

With the weather getting colder, I’m concerned about the homeless and where they can go. Public Action to Deliver Shelter sites are available throughout the Southland and can help these people, but do they know that these PADS sites are available? Hopefully we can spread the word so those who don’t have a warm bed can come in from the cold especially during the bitter winter months. Also, think about volunteering your time to help places like these as well as soup kitchens, food pantries and other organizations that help the less fortunate. Every little bit helps.

To the guy in the school bus driver uniform buying two of the $20 scratch-off tickets: Save your money and get your tire fixed. Driving on a donut isn’t safe.

Rick from Evergreen Park

About a Wal-Mart alternate location: Hey, here’s an idea. It looks like another downtown redevelopment has fallen through so maybe Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki would like a Wal-Mart in the middle of the village’s old downtown area. The way the area is beginning to look, it would be a perfect fit. In fact, it might even dress it up.

Tinley Park

I find it interesting how every new piece of technology is touted like it’s the greatest thing in the world. Then again, companies wouldn’t do it if we didn’t buy into it hook, line and sinker. There are so many commercials about consumers being angry and frustrated that they are stuck in two-year contracts and can’t get the newest mobile phone on the market. Do people have such a short attention span that two years seems like an eternity? How much can phone technology advance that it’s necessary to feel the need to change phones at every opportunity?

So now some Catholics are kicking gay people and gay supporters out of the church? Soon they’ll be forced to sit at the back of the bus. That’s OK. Embrace nature. God is there and he will always listen to you. You don’t need those angry churches to be a legal citizen.

Chicago

One of the things I really enjoy about the SouthtownStar is reading about young people who are achieving things in school. These kids are our future, and there are so many of them doing amazing things. Sometimes I’m inspired by the charity efforts they’re involved in and just the energy they have to do so many things at once. When I think back to my youth, I wonder if my generation was lazier than these youngsters who are going to school, participating in extracurricular activities and doing things to enrich their community.

This goes out to the city of Oak Forest and the Department of Transportation for placing the sidewalk in the middle of Ridgeland Avenue. This sidewalk is where the city and Department of Transportation wants children, senior citizens and people with disabilities to cross instead of having them crossing safely at a stop sign 40 yards away with no sidewalk. I guess spending tax dollars is more important than the safety of the citizens of Oak Forest.

John from Oak Forest

About subsidies: Once again Americans are being punished for their work ethic. I worked 60 hours a week to pay my family’s bills and in the process was teaching my children a work ethic. Again, if you don’t earn enough, the government will subsidize your health care payment. You are being programmed to be a non-achiever. Wake up, America!

Kent from Monee

A newspaper article said Obamacare deductibles are a dose of sticker shock since insurance companies are requiring higher out-of-pocket expenses to comply with new rules. It goes on to say how premiums and deductibles are skyrocketing due to Obamacare. Remember that if you can’t pay for health insurance, then they are still going to get you by taking it from your yearly tax return. Also remember that you voted for this. Anybody who criticized Obamacare were called crazy or ignorant. Now we’re finding flaws all over the place. Maybe we weren’t crazy or ignorant after all.

Yes, Crook County figures by having higher sales tax, they will make more money. I buy groceries and gasoline in neighboring Will County, Lockport or the Joliet area.

Bridgeview

A recent commenter said that he has become an independent because there are good people in both parties. Later he says that those in Congress and President Obama should all be voted out of office because they don’t consider the wishes of the people. This is just one more inconsistency of folks who claim to be independent. Most independents vote on some perceived character traits of the candidates rather than how they stand on the issues. Vote for the candidate whose party best represents your best interests.

Orland Park



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