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Speak Out for Dec. 16, 2013

Harold Washingtwas mayor Chicago from 1983 until he died 1987.  |  File photo

Harold Washington was mayor of Chicago from 1983 until he died in 1987. | File photo

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Updated: January 17, 2014 6:14AM



About Obamacare: The fight over Obamacare reminds me of the Council Wars when Harold Washington was elected mayor of Chicago.

King from Midway

Regarding the power of incumbency: Anyone who thinks that incumbency does not influence elections is not reading the local newspaper or even looking at the pictures, going through community mailings of any kind or attending meetings where not only decisions are being made about their tax dollars, but where, more often than not, someone is receiving an award and is accompanied by an entourage of family and friends. It’s all about ongoing exposure and campaigning for votes.

Tinley Park

About signals: Using turn signals is taught in driver education courses and is the law, yet many violate it. I sure wish police commanders would tell their patrolmen to be alert for and ticket or warn offenders as much as, if not more than, seat belt violations. No turn signals can cause head-on and rear-end collisions.

Well, Debbie of Oak Forest, you apparently have never worked in retail. You are probably one of the many rude and demanding customers we sales associates have to deal with. I bite my tongue on a daily basis to stay as nice as pie while making minimum wage and working my butt off. There is a lot more to working retail than standing at a cash register. Maybe you should try it sometime.

I think JJ from Palos Park is right. The tea party loves America. They hate the government and current American society and culture. They hate other Americans who are different. They hate the millions of poor and unemployed Americans. What do they love about America? There’s the flag. They love the America of history, the mighty military America, the America before integration and women’s suffrage and emancipation spoiled it, before unions ruined everything for benevolent employers who had to move their sweatshops overseas. If only we could rewind to 1850 or so, the tea party would love America much more.

About violence: The comment comparing World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam to violent video games only proves that some young people cannot separate fantasy from reality. These wars were not fought for fun or entertainment. There is nothing funny about real bullets whizzing over your head. Ask an Afghanistan or Iraq War veteran from your generation, and they will tell you the same thing.

Oak Lawn

What does the U.S. Congress need to trash Obamacare? It has been three years since this troubled bill started and I think it just keeps getting worse. How can something so earth-shattering, that is supposed to be so helpful, be such a pain? I think since the implementation of this bill my mental health has worsened with all this fighting. How is that good?

Trade Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler for an experienced linebacker and give Josh McCown the starting position. McCown is an exceptional quarterback who makes Cutler look like a college quarterback.

Joe from Lemont

Regarding Chicago Bull Derrick Rose: When most people’s dreams “slip” away, they don’t have millions of dollars in the bank. A commenter talked about him having a good family. If that were true he’d have a college degree. Furthermore, as a professional athlete you should be in good shape not constantly hampered by injuries. Get lost, Derrick!

Chicago

During the holidays people can feel pressure to come up with some extravagant gifts. Just remember that it really is the thought that counts. The gift of one’s time and attention means much more than some expensive doodad.

What is up with all these fall finales on television? It just seems like another way to hype a TV program after November sweeps. What happened to just trying to make a good show from the first episode to the last? Now it’s more about stunts, cliffhangers, etc., than good television.

Thank you to Southland park districts, which provide plenty of seasonal programs for a low cost. It’s great to be able to treat my family to a fun day or a few hours doing something close to home.

Ralph from Monee is right on about the Dec. 1st tow-away snow route in Chicago. I think the news loves the Dec. 2 news day of interviewing those who got caught with a huge fine. After all, Chicago is not the best for removing snow. They should have a sign up that states tow-away zone two days after a 2-inch snowfall. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is the Grinch of Chicago. They are supposed to be for the residents not after them. Merry Christmas.

Linda from Monee

Regarding the never-built tech center: I think it’s great that the series The Watchdogs is being published in the Chicago Sun-Times. Better Government Association reporters have been exposing the ineptitude and graft that we’ve known, all along, exists in local government. The latest exposure is of a boondoggle orchestrated by the ever-victimized U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush. Apparently $1 million was blown on a proposed Bobby L. Rush Center for Community Technology in Chicago’s Englewood community. It seems Bobby has a cloudy recollection of where the $1 million went. It’s more of the same, folks, just more of the same.

Tom from Evergreen Park



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