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Speak Out for Dec. 13, 2013

School bus drivers transport children through all kinds weather.  |  File photo

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Updated: January 14, 2014 1:04PM



Try to remember to show respect for your school bus driver. He or she is only trying to get you or your child to and from school safely.

I think President Obama is doing a great job. What people refer to as Obamacare will, years from now, be as accepted as Medicare or Social Security. I read a lot of negative comments about the president but history, not Speak Out commenters, will judge him.

Eureka! Just in time for Christmas driving, the gasoline prices recently spiked 20 cents a gallon overnight in the Lincoln-Way area. No oil price jump, no terrorist activity, no nuclear plant explosion threat, no refineries shut down. I think it is a miracle.

There are always complaints in Speak Out about development from Orland Park. Why do you keep voting the same people into office if you are so against all of this stuff like extending 140th and 141st streets for a Mariano’s supermarket and other development? Maybe you should try somebody new next time.

It continues to amaze me that people keep bashing one political party or the other. They are all responsible. We are all responsible. If the pathetic voter turnout continues we shouldn’t reasonably expect any different results. Apathy is what the unaccountable politician counts on. Once again, it’s time to put up or shut up. Action speaks louder than words. Merry Christmas.

MJ from Worth

I sometimes hear people talking about term limits. Every elected office already has a term limit. It’s called an election. I understand this concept is foreign in a state like Illinois that has a current speaker of the House, Michael Madigan, who has been in the Illinois House since 1971. I’d think after more than 40 years that someone would think to vote for the other guy. No? Then let’s cry, “We need term limits.”

The Chicago Bears should dump quarterback Jay Cutler. He is too fragile and hasn’t finished a whole season without getting injured. He isn’t worth the tremendous salary the Bears are paying him. Now is the time to make a move and get someone they need very badly before Cutler gets injured again. Adios, Jay. Good riddance!

Alsip Joe

I think if you can’t handle rude people and you have to be rude back, you don’t deserve to work with the public. Call a manager when someone is rude. Don’t take matters into your own hands.

Debbie from Oak Forest

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will never ever be a Michael Jordan. Why don’t the Bulls trade or release Rose? He has blown off nearly three seasons with injuries. He is finished. Everybody knows it. Get rid of his fat salary and get somebody who can play.

RC from Oak Lawn

I keep hearing about how the price of milk may soar to $8 per gallon. That’s just fine to me because there is absolutely no one I know who is going to pay $8 for milk. They will just price themselves right out of business. Just don’t buy milk then.

As a taxpayer, I’ve had it with these aldermen. Do they stay awake at night and come up with these ridiculous ideas? They are constantly trying to tell people how to live their lives by telling them what they can’t eat, what they can’t drink and how they can smoke. We have many aldermen who used to smoke cigars and cigarettes and sit in the bars. How are they to tell the people what to do? They got their nose in everyone’s business. Stay out of my business. You are far from perfect.

Automation is taking over at a fast pace. I call for my medical supplies every three months, but this time a machine called me and stated it was time to fill my prescription and all I had to do was answer yes or no. Soon there will be no one in customer service but the machine and the engineer.

For so many of the right reasons Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki made the right decision in not allowing MTV to film “16 and Pregnant” in his village. Not only does this TV program send the wrong message, but I think it would have portrayed a bad image of Tinley Park and also reflected negatively in the entire south suburban region.

The politicians are really magicians. You pay your tax dollars and, poof, they disappear.

Mike P. from Chicago

Please tell us how immigration policies are broken so we can fix them. I think those who tout immigration reform never show how it’s broken. I think they just shout that it’s broken without offering any proof how it’s broken.

I agree with the idea of making Chicago, Cook County, all of their allies and public unions the 51st state. How about a grassroots movement to do so? I’d love to see it. Illinois would benefit immensely.

How can anyone be so naive to say the tea party hates America? They work for Americans to know and abide by the Constitution and Bill of Rights of the United States. If you don’t like those apples then try a socialist country. You’ll beg to come back here.

JJ from Palos Park

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t read about another political scandal. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’d rather do business with the mafia than a politician, especially in Illinois. I think most of our Illinois politicians don’t retire or lose an election because they go straight to prison. We are being robbed by some of the people we’ve elected to office to manage a department or the pension funds.



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