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SPEAK OUT COMMENT: 'I think national anthem sung by Renee Fleming Super Bowl was probably best renditithI have ever heard.'

SPEAK OUT COMMENT: "I think the national anthem sung by Renee Fleming at the Super Bowl was probably the best rendition that I have ever heard." — Mark from Hickory Hills (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Updated: March 10, 2014 6:36AM



I’d like to thank two gentlemen from Alsip who helped me and my family unstick my parents’ car from a big icy patch of snow. They were wonderful. I cannot believe how nice they were.

Mount Greenwood

A farm bill passed through our do-nothing Congress recently. It cut $8 billion in food stamps, but it did not cut costs. It is loaded with subsidies for the biggest agriculture companies in the United States. So I think they took away money from the poor and gave it to the already wealthy. There were no cost savings. Some politicians don’t want interference with the marketplace, but look at this farm bill. Yes, they want interference — only when it helps the already wealthy. The scam is on us. Only money has a say in our government. How sad!

There are many college majors that offer courses of interest to many but which may provide some jobs where there is often not the best pay. Now Governors State University is offering a four-year program wherein one must chose one of three programs in which to major: global citizenship, civic engagement and sustainability (whatever that is). One wonders of what use these areas might be, other than something of interest, to making a living?

Richard S. from Monee

Every time I see a parade for a returning war hero it warms my heart, but I think about the thousands of homeless veterans who have returned and can’t get work, the thousands who are still in a foreign land and the thousands who are injured or disabled for the rest of their lives. Maybe we should give some thought to them. Many people don’t have anybody over there, but I have two nephews and a niece who have had multiple deployments. I know what they are going through. Hopefully they don’t have to go back.

It seems like CVS wants to stop selling cigarettes. That sounds very nice. What about all that tax revenue the politicians have counted on to spend for all these years while they taxed cigarettes through the roof? That revenue hit is going to be made up somewhere.

Regarding overtime pay: I just read the article in the SouthtownStar about all these public servants earning more in overtime pay than their regular pay, and these people all belong to a public workers union. My dad was an old-time Teamster from the mid-1940s after he got back from the war, and he always told me one of his reasons for belonging to the union was because they fought for an eight-hour work day and a five-day work week. It seems like these union workers only want to use their seniority to hog up the time for themselves.

The future of driving is to make cars that are able to talk to each other. They plan to equip new cars with some communicating technology. However, the price is not cheap and the average person might not be able to afford the technology. I think if the industry really wants us to have this new equipment, then they could make it standard equipment. I’ll hold my breath.

President Obama, who many thought could walk on water, is now encountering many whirlpools. Will someone throw him a life jacket before he turns the United States into the sunken ship Titanic? Help!

Don from Chicago Heights

Our Tinley Park mail carriers are doing a fantastic job during these very snowy and dangerous days of delivering our mail to our homes every day even if you don’t shovel your walks and drives.

If living a lavish life means working for 52 years at a full-time job plus two part-time jobs; living on Social Security and a small pension; and paying all of my utility bills and medical insurance, then I’m living a lavish life.

John from Bridgeport

My catalytic converter was stolen when I parked in the Oak Forest train station lot. The police said this is becoming an epidemic. I don’t know where the police are when people are stealing these catalytic converters. I know it costs $1,000 to replace.

Dave from Oak Forest

Jean Boyd, a district judge in Texas, sentenced teen Ethan Couch to 10 years’ probation for a drunk-driving crash that killed four people. The defense was that the parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility. I have a simple solution. Put the parents in jail because they created the crime.

In December Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan stated, “I find it very difficult to support tax giveaways for corporate CEOs and millionaire shareholders whose companies pay little in state taxes.” Now he’s saying that cutting the corporate income tax rate is a step in the right direction to improve the business climate in Illinois. So he says they’re not paying enough just to turn around and cut their taxes? What’s going on? Is he getting too old? Maybe he realizes that insulting businesses with high taxes does indeed drive them out of the state. Maybe an election is coming up.

I don’t think pensioners should have their pensions reduced, but no government employee should be able to retire before age 62. I don’t work a government job and expect I’ll have to work until I’m 65. The minimum age for government employees to retire should be the same as the private sector.

Winter, winter, go away. Snow again no other day.



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