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Speak Out for Feb. 11, 2014

COMMENT: 'Kudos Stagg High School's Social ActiClub for helping WashingtIll. tornado victims. Taping Principal Eric Olsen teacher Jennifer Baniewicz or

COMMENT: "Kudos to Stagg High School's Social Action Club for helping Washington, Ill., tornado victims. Taping Principal Eric Olsen, teacher Jennifer Baniewicz or coach Nick Jelcic to the wall sounded fun." | Susan DeMar Lafferty~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 12, 2014 6:17AM



To Coke, for airing a commercial during the Super Bowl featuring “America the Beautiful,” with people singing it in different languages: You should be ashamed for doing this.

A minimum-wage rebuttal: In Feb. 5’s Forum, Lockport resident Thomas Cechner said to get more people off welfare and food stamps and have them pay taxes, you must raise the minimum wage. I don’t think he understands how business and politics work. In business, when your costs go up, you raise the prices to the public. In politics, you give away free stuff at the taxpayers’ expense so you get people to vote for you. Those who are freeloaders will not get off of welfare and food stamps. It would just cost the working public more money to buy things.

Billy T

Have you ever thought about what kind of role models children have nowadays? They can’t look to athletes because some of them are drug-influenced criminals. They can’t look to politicians because some of them are criminals with their hand out stealing from everybody. Who do the youth have to look to? Just because you wear a suit doesn’t mean you’re not a lowlife. If you’re stealing, you’re a lowlife.

Pete from Oak Lawn

About the right direction: Bravo to CVS for stopping the sale of tobacco products. Other stores will most likely follow suit. On the other hand, this will increase sales at liquor stores, gasoline stations, etc. As long as they’re being so health conscious, maybe they should also consider stopping the sale of high-sugar content items such as soda, candy, etc. The obesity epidemic in the United States is causing more health problems than smoking ever will. By the way, I wonder if this means that they won’t be selling medical marijuana.

BBK

Regarding snow: Hey, Norma S. from Steger, about a good neighbor: It’s my mom and dad’s next-door neighbors, Doloris and Paul who keep their driveway clear and the appreciation expounds. Norma, you are blessed with Todd. Love your neighbors as thy self.

MAN from Bridgeview

Here’s my nominee for the SouthtownStar carrier of the year award: With all the nasty big snowstorms and downright freezing below-zero weather, there is only one constant. My SouthtownStar newspaper is always at my front door wrapped in plastic, protecting it from the elements, first thing in the morning, My carrier, Howard Murrin, deserves the carrier of the year award. I just needed to thank him publicly. Thank you, Howard.

Bob from Hickory Hills

An addict has to use more and more to get the high they seek. Some get clean for a month or maybe even a year, then fall. I think the problem is they try to use the same amount of drugs when they stopped and that is a big reason why they overdose.

Regarding top-down growth: While stalactites may grow from the top down, they do so very slowly. They grow so slowly that their growth isn’t apparent even if you view the same ones once every few years. It may take decades to grow a few inches. It sounds to me like stalactites are the same thing as trickle-down economics: growth so slow as to be non-perceptible. The top sends down so little that we can’t see it.

Chicago

About the woes of the Metra commuter line: A big problem is switching activity that is hindered by antiquated equipment. Get this! They use hand-operated equipment from the 1930s to handle their rail switching. The device is called an A2 interlocker. To replace this essential piece of equipment would cost millions. Hey, can we build a time machine and bring back some folks from the 1930s who have a clue about running a railroad? Forget it. Can you imagine the cost of a time machine?

I agree with the commenter about public employee pensions. I am not including substitute teachers who make a lot less either. Some teachers retire at 55 years old only to return full time in other departments like secretarial.

An eerie comparison? Chicago’s City Council, in spite of the city and Illinois’ huge fiscal shortfall, have given their OK to increasing their debt by $1.9 billion without even knowing what it’s going to be used for. Unbelievable! Doesn’t this sound like Detroit’s “spend it like ya got it” mantra? I wish it only pertained to their city but it doesn’t. A major portion of our entire state’s fiscal dilemmas can and should be attributed directly on their shoulders. Hello, Detroitago.

Bob from Oak Forest



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