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SPEAK OUT COMMENT: 'How did DannOikos Greek yogurt’s ad get past censors? After woman licks yogurt from John Stamos’ lips

SPEAK OUT COMMENT: "How did Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt’s ad get past censors? After a woman licks yogurt from John Stamos’ lips, he drops some in his lap. It’s dirty. America is slowly poisoning our children. Clean it up."

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Updated: March 8, 2014 6:27AM



About a good neighbor: Hey, Todd, this old lady is nominating you for neighbor of the year for your tireless work in shoveling my driveway and walks. You don’t know how much it means to me. Every senior should have a neighbor like you. Thanks so much.

Norma S. from Steger

I guess when you come from a political family you can get away with anything you want to do. I think Richard Vanecko, the nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, got a slap on the wrist when he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of David Koschman. It’s a shame.

Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! It’s great that CVS is going to stop selling cigarettes, which can cause cancer. Now if only Walgreens and Osco would stop selling them!

Oak Lawn

About campaign ads: My wife looked at me this morning and said there should be term limits set for gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner ads.

I think the people who want a Barack Obama presidential library in Chicago want it for themselves and not for any other reason. Let them put that library in the president’s home state of Hawaii. I think President Obama has done nothing for Chicago or Illinois, but he has done wonders for Hawaii. Let them have it.

The Super Bowl seemed like a huge commercial. Give me a break and just show the football; will ya? I think they are making way too much money. You anticipate a great football game and there are a bunch of commercials.

I’m someone who’s the beneficiary of a parochial education, one I acquired through the 1950s and ’60s. I’m proud of that education, but I’m not proud of the Archdiocese of Chicago. It is very unfortunate that schools have to be closed for “financial reasons.” What causes me heartburn is the “financial resources” devoted to the legal defense of pedophile priests, and the monies provided to the victims, deserved as they are. I’ve seen the liquidation of assets to pay for these “expenses.” I see no liquidation of assets, like vacant property sales, to keep schools open. That troubles me greatly.

Did you ever notice if on the local news or a TV crime show that lawyers play the law like a game of chess? They play each other for a better position, always bluffing their way for a better deal. The victim is always forgotten. Nobody cares about them anyway. It must be nice to think you are like the title character in the TV show “Perry Mason.” Every client is innocent.

Fair share? To the person who seems to think that everyone should pay “their fair share” in taxes: I ask this person one question. Show me in the Constitution or any other founding papers where it states just that: Everyone pays their fair share of taxes. The answer is nowhere is that stated. I think this term is the same Communist ideology as “the end justifies the means,” Comrade.

I, for one, am enjoying this winter’s snow and the fact the January snow is still here a month later. The last several years we have only been able to go sledding one or two times due to so little snowfall and rapid snowmelt caused by higher temperatures and a lot of rain. Enjoy the coolness while you can because in six months you can complain about the heat and humidity again.

B.R.C. from Evergreen Park

Red-light cameras safe? Can they reeducate us again on how red-light cams reduce crashes? At 111th Street and Southwest Highway I almost got creamed by a dark-colored Neon trying to beat the light. He sped up and whipped right in front of me. How is that safe? I think these cams are all about more money for the city.

In response to columnist Phil Kadner’s comments: I am a semiretired, now minimum-wage employee who works with colleagues who are mostly college graduates working minimum-wage jobs in the interim to finding their true jobs. We stand behind our registers and do receive thousands of credit or debit cards for which we swipe them and hand them back to the guest. I know I and, I believe, my colleagues would never ever think of stealing the guests’ data. Phil Kadner’s comment in the Feb. 6 column does not reflect me or my co-workers.

Mary S. from Chicago

Some women buy shoes on a whim or to go with an outfit. Sometimes the shoe is the newest craze like the 5-inch heel or the wedge. We’ve all been guilty of buying shoes to make us feel good for the moment. And lastly some people collect shoes like trophies because they are pretty. Most of the time we are fitting ourselves. That’s why in most cases these shoes are worn once or not at all. For 50 years Golden Shoes in Palos Heights has done a great job of saving us from ourselves.

Bernadine from Palos Heights

As long as spending money to influence elections is speech, as the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled (legislated, actually), I think we no longer live in a federal democratic republic. We live in an oligarchy.

What a shame that Chicago Ald. Edward Burke wants to get rid of the horse-drawn carriages in downtown Chicago. If you’ve never taken a ride, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s a great experience for a person of any age. Hopefully, this won’t happen.

Rick from Mokena



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