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Speak Out for Nov. 7, 2013

As an Eagle Scout project Bob Mueller 14 Frankfort created this butterfly garden with variety plants arbors butterfly houses signs

As an Eagle Scout project, Bob Mueller, 14, of Frankfort, created this butterfly garden with a variety of plants, arbors, butterfly houses and signs at Frankfort's Main Park. | Susan DeMar Lafferty~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 9, 2013 10:24AM



I enjoyed reading about Frankfort teen Bob Mueller, who created a butterfly garden for his Eagle Scout project. The effort enhanced Main Park and provides a wonderful way to enjoy nature.

Veterans Day is a holiday when we commemorate the service our military men and women have contributed to our United States. Some have given the ultimate sacrifice, and others are scarred for life due to physical and mental disabilities. “Thank you for your service” should be an everyday salutation, not only one day in November. To the families who have lost loved ones to service injuries: a forever “thank you” to you as well. Godspeed to all of the service personnel wherever your service takes you.

Bernadine from Palos Heights

New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez was allegedly caught taking steroids. Using steroids as a performance-enhancing drug is cheating. Baseball great Pete Rose got caught gambling. While gambling may be breaking the rules, it’s not cheating. Rose should be reinstated, and Rodriguez and others who are proven to have used steroids should be banned from baseball.

When I was younger there was nothing more enjoyable after a dirty job than a couple of cold beers and a cigarette. Now our phony politicians have increased the prices of liquor and cigarettes to astronomical levels. Every time these phony politicians screw up and need money, they keep hurting the workingman and their families. Besides the liquor and cigarette tax debacle, now they have red-light and speed cameras all over to take advantage of the already-beleaguered workers. Aren’t politicians disgraced enough after raiding the pension funds? Talk about abusing working families! This has to stop.

Alsip Joe

A Speak Out commenter stated that she doesn’t recognize President Obama as her president because he doesn’t represent her. Well, President Bush, President Reagan, President Nixon and every other Republican president who is only looking after his fat-cat friends with tax breaks and oil deals don’t represent me, but I recognize them as the democratically elected president. That’s what being part of a democracy is all about. The problem with America now is that some people will not accept the reality of bipartisanship.

JK from Tinley Park

After seeing some of the scores from the first round of the high school playoffs, it’s obvious that enrollment does not level the playing field. Private schools that can recruit and give scholarships are not on an even plane with public schools that deal with the children they get from the school district boundaries. Therefore, I think there should be two state tournaments. I think separate public and private tournaments would level the playing field.

Mike from Midlothian

My simple rules to live by: You don’t get something for nothing. Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Stop looking down your nose at others if you don’t know their circumstances. Don’t give and then look for something in return. Enjoy each day as if it was your last.

BJ from Hazel Crest

There were recently three articles about people trying to snatch children and take them into their cars. I think teachers or parents should teach children to carry a pen and a pad and write down the license plate number. This would get these freaks off the streets.

Monee

Regarding Anthony Mazar, the homeless man who has been begging at 143rd Street and Harlem Avenue: People of many abilities and disabilities are working. Why doesn’t his girlfriend work and help out? It seems like he is the one doing all of the “work” by begging on the street corner.

I have read about Thornton Township High School District 205 Board President Kenneth Williams’ troubles and being ousted by a Cook County judge because he’s a felon. Here is an idea. In many lines of work a person needs to be fingerprinted before they could start their job. Is it possible to implement that type of rule for those who are in control of our schools and the children’s futures?

Jean from Oak Forest

To all the former NFL players suing the NFL: You knew what you were getting yourself into. You knew it was dangerous. You could have chose something else. Now you want to sue. It seems like everybody these days just wants to sue to get free money and sit on their butts and collect.

Worth

The problem with video games is some parents are too lazy to monitor and parent their kids. Games rated M are not for kids, of course. But for anyone to compare the graphic violence and sex now with the hand-drawn comics of the 1950s and ’60s is ludicrous. Also, I don’t remember anyone spending hours every day with comic books like kids do with video games now. An 8-year-old boy in Louisiana recently violently killed his elderly baby sitter after playing a violent videos game. While I certainly blame the parents, pretending that video games don’t influence people is nuts

Animals sometimes hide when they are sick, so keep a close eye on your furry friends.

Thank you, Better Government Association and the SouthtownStar, for the article about state Rep. Robert Rita, D-Blue Island, and his brother John Rita Jr., a retired Cook County Sheriff’s commander now working for the city of Blue Island. They’re in line for six government pensions. And you wonder why Illinois is struggling!



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