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Speak Out for Dec. 11, 2013

Former Chicago Bull Michael Jordan during his inductiinNaismith Memorial Basketball Hall Fame September 11 2009 Springfield Mass.  |

Former Chicago Bull Michael Jordan during his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 11, 2009, in Springfield, Mass. | Getty Images file photo

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Updated: January 12, 2014 6:25AM



I remember years ago a sports writer said if Chicago wants a winning team they should pay top dollar. Well, other than former Chicago Bull Michael Jordan, that has not worked out so good.

A huge “thank you” to the three Forest Preserve District of Cook County men who changed our flat tire after working out at Swallow Cliff Woods the day after Thanksgiving. Their help was more than greatly appreciated. They were friendly, helpful and kind. Thank you again for your generous act of kindness.

CK and RR from Chicago’s Mount Greenwood and Beverly communities

There is a lot of news lately about the Obama administration trying to fix the health insurance marketplace website and the health care debacle. It is my opinion that they really don’t care if it gets fixed. I think it’s about redistributing the wealth and giving free health care to some. I think they don’t care about the people who will be paying the bill.

Will a good, new business please move into the plaza on LaPorte Road in Mokena? The only surviving business is the cleaners. We need a good cafe or restaurant, a fast-food or takeout place or a bakery but please, not another fitness center.

Mokena

Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old man that was detained in North Korea, is now safe and back home in the United States. I think he should have gone sightseeing in another country. I think Americans, especially American veterans, should not go vacationing or traveling in hostile foreign countries. What follows is often some type of situation that often leads to embarrassment for the United States. Tourists, hikers and backpackers can be arrested under bogus charges, imprisoned and forced to make ridiculous apologies for imagined or exaggerated crimes.

A commenter pointed out that some cars and trucks have excessively bright lights and they’re somewhat annoying. I hope the driver of the Jeep or sport utility vehicle that travels east on 135th Street early in the morning may become aware that the second set of headlights is a little much for oncoming traffic and anyone in front of that person. It’s 135th Street, flat asphalt, lanes marked, 30- to a blistering 50-mph speed limits and somewhat lit for decent visibility. It’s not the Baja 1000 in the desert at night. Why all the lights? They’d still look cool unplugged.

Crestwood

About looking both ways: Not only do people not signal, but watch how many don’t watch for oncoming traffic. I was at Ninth Street Plaza on Dec. 6. A person in a red compact car pulled out in front of me without a glimpse. Then a guy in a silver Hyundai thought he could squeeze by.

The Illinois politicians are the ones who put our pensions in jeopardy year after year. Now they are going to punish us for their ignorance and stupidity. They want to pass an unfair pension deal. We earned this money and we deserve it. We need it. We are voters. Our family and friends are voters. We will not forget.

Orland Park

Why are there so many people without ice scrapers and snow brushes in their cars? I think windshield wipers are not enough to clear ice and snow from the entire windshield, and driving with a snow-covered rear window is dangerous. Are people too lazy to clear snow from their cars’ windows?

Regarding email ads: How many times do you have to unsubscribe to retailers’ emails before they stop badgering you with an endless barrage of daily ads? It’s worse than ever this year.

Tinley Park

Detroit is a prime example of what unions can do to municipalities and industrial companies. Proud members can now reap the lies of promised great pensions. By the way, some union dues are going up. Good luck.

FK from Oak Lawn

Raise the taxes on cigarettes to stop me from smoking and save my life? If you really want to have a positive impact on lives, raise the taxes on alcohol. Nicotine does not cause motor skills impairment, confusion, loss of inhibitions, raging anger, domestic violence nor all of the other consequences of drinking. Why is such an obvious threat being ignored? Liquor lobby too powerful? The people in position to make a difference all drink? Have they never read about a life being taken by someone who was intoxicated, but they’ve seen the headline “Inebriated with nicotine causes fatal crash”?

Frankfort

People who work in retail and other businesses should get holidays off but not police and firefighters and hospitals because people’s lives depend on them; shopping doesn’t.

About civility: I’m a child of the 1950s and ’60s. Based on my life now, I can safely say that civility is a virtue that is sadly lacking in our society. I guess the “do you own thing” mentality has prevailed. The “I don’t care what anyone thinks” mantra is well-established. If grabbing all you can get as fast as you can, regardless of whomever it negatively affects, is how you live your life, you are part of that large population segment that has sadly abandoned the virtue of civility.

With all this bitter cold, don’t forget to make sure that seniors and animals are keeping warm.

Regarding political correctness: Being politically correct remains in the air. I, for one, think it is a joke but that’s just me. Those of you that believe this is the way to go, I will respect your opinion.

J.K.



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