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Speak Out for Nov. 6, 2013

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler passes during first half an NFL football game against WashingtRedskins Landover Md. Sunday Oct. 20

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler passes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. He was later injured during this game (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Updated: December 7, 2013 6:22AM



Why don’t athletes like Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler get a cut in pay when they are on the disabled list, like others who get injured at work?

Linda from Monee

Ron from Alsip’s claim that the theory of evolution is more than speculation because it’s confirmed by tests and often data isn’t the case. There have been no tests proving the theory. The only data cited are fossil records, which prove plants and animals were trapped in molten or liquefied solids from catastrophic natural occurrences. A teen at our church asked for prayer recently because evolution was going to be presented in his public school science class. Later, he said it wasn’t so bad. Afterwards, his teacher said it was something he was required to present but didn’t believe in.

Dale from Frankfort

About shopping and store hours: I think all stores should close at 8 p.m. every evening. On Sundays stores should close at noon or not be open except for pharmacies and doctors in case of real emergencies. Americans want too much of their precious freedom, which ultimately forces the hands of retail giants to give in to ludicrous and disgusting demands. Nobody needs to go shopping at 11 p.m. to buy air freshener and a copy of a supermarket tabloid, and nobody needs to go out at 4 a.m. after Thanksgiving to catch a deal on a flat-screen TV set.

I think voters were duped by President Obama. He said what he needed to say to get another four years. So how do you like him now?

If your average conservative reader wants to educate himself about political history, then he should review the Republican national party platform from 1956 under President Eisenhower. Current conservatives would shudder at how positively progressive their predecessors sounded back then. Not only was there less rancor in the U.S. Congress, but the 1950s were an extremely prosperous time for America.

Wes from Orland Park

To the person trying to explain tax-funded fire departments and the proposed building of the new Illiana Expressway: Fire departments are usually funded by tax dollars. When the ambulance is called, those operating the ambulance are usually paid by tax dollars already. The ambulance is probably paid for by taxes and so is the gasoline, yet they sometimes charge extra. This is like operating a tax-paid-for-entity as a for-profit business. What a racket!

The Entertainment Software Rating Board was created to rate content in video games and inform people of the sex and violence that is so stupid to one Speak Out commenter. Content that “re-creates sex” and violence that seems so ridiculous is rated M for mature. These ratings are very similar to the R rating on certain Hollywood blockbuster movies. “There are none so blind as those who will not see” the M rating clearly posted on the game that is not intended for children. I guess some of us were also blind to horror and crime comics of the 1950s.

I love Blue Island Mayor Domingo Vargas’ comments regarding possible patronage jobs, and I quote: “I’m not here to win a popularity contest.” That will go over well in the next election. Mr. Mayor, I thought that’s what elections were all about.

There are many things said about the Republicans shutting down the government, but it is not mentioned where we would be without some stoppage of the reckless spending by government without their review. Illinois raised taxes and spent more, and I think our children and grandchildren are going to have to pay this money back at some time. We cannot continue with all the giveaways.

Regarding garage addresses: As a founding member of the Clearing Night Force Neighborhood Watch Group, I want to thank all the Clearing community residences in Chicago who have heeded our request to put their house numerals and/or street addresses on their garages and/or garbage carts. It makes our duties of patrolling and reporting needed city services or emergency requests for first responders (the Chicago Police Department or the Chicago Fire Department) so much easier. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated by all.

Mary from Clearing

About U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin: Is it too soon to start a Dump Durbin campaign in Illinois? Illinois needs jobs. What has this senior statesman done for you lately?

The greatest reason for Thanksgiving is to be thankful for whatever we have: our life, health and so on. The greatest thing we have to be thankful for, besides life itself, is the promise of eternal life in heaven with our loved ones, Jesus Christ, Mary, the angels and the saints. The word “Eucharist” means thanksgiving, so each time we go to Mass we are giving thanks to God. I know with God all things are possible.

Robert F. from South Chicago Heights

If you were a landlord, would you rent to someone like homeless man Anthony Mazar with no confirmed source of income? Some cheap hotels rent by the night or week. For an apartment one needs to pay the first month’s rent plus a security deposit equal to one or two month’s rent just to move in. A glance at inexpensive rentals shows $600 to $750 seems the norm if the tenant pays for heat and water. The tenant may also have to pay for electricity or gas, which also may require a deposit. A cheap hotel seems like a bargain.

Chicago

If guns kill people, then pencils misspell words, cars make people drive drunk and spoons make people fat.



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