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Speak Out for Feb. 12, 2014

President Ronald Reagan gives thumbs-up crowd while his wife first lady Nancy Reagan waves from limousine during inaugural parade WashingtD.C.

President Ronald Reagan gives a thumbs-up to the crowd while his wife, first lady Nancy Reagan, waves from a limousine during the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., after Reagan's swearing-in as the 40th president of the United States. | AP file photo

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Updated: March 13, 2014 6:36AM



About a real hunk: After days and days of being subjected to pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin with his shirt off, try to take a look at a real hunk back in the day, a hunk for any generation: Ronald Reagan.

Beverly

You know we are having a bad winter when homes still have their Christmas decorations out and this week is Valentine’s Day.

Regarding U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush: I am not a big Bobby Rush fan, but I respect his being in Chicago for his wife. I think with computer technology now it should not be an issue that he is not in Washington, D.C. I believe all our Congress members and senators should work in their districts not Washington and communicate via computer their ideas and votes, saving us taxpayers lots of money.

To the person who thinks it is the poor taking away our money: Instead of referencing how much money is left on the table when people do their own taxes, I think H&R Block should say that we need to get our billions back from all the corporate welfare we dish out in the United States. If you think it’s the poor benefiting from our tax money, you need to open up your eyes. I think you may suffer from tunnel vision.

Sung to the tune of Johnny Cash’s “Orange Blossom Special”: I feel that chill a’ comin’. Comin’ round the bend. I feel that chill a’ comin’. It ain’t never going to end. It’s the Polar Vortex Special. It’s a real mean breeze. It’s the Polar Vortex Special. It’s a big deep freeze.

Peg from Frankfort

How about having your catalytic converter stolen while you’re sitting in your car? Some years ago I drove in to a muffler shop on South Western Avenue and some guy, without saying a word, immediately slid under my car and removed it and flung it into a pile of converters, 15 feet around by 2 1/2 feet high. I asked, “What are you doing?” He said, “Oh, you don’t need that.” It was only later that I found out what it was, what they cost and why they took it.

K.O. from Orland Park

About free speech: Derek, free speech isn’t free if you have to pay for it. The rest of my statement was that we live in an oligarchy, which is when a small group of people have control of a country. I think a very small group of people in the United States own Congress, and they are the billionaires who buy elections. Nowhere in the First Amendment does it mention money. That is not free speech. That is an oligarchy, and that is very, very ugly.

We need unions. My union job was sent overseas with the approval of the government. Management with the help of the government is union busting at a slow but consistent pace. What will happen next is the separation of the poor and wealthy. There will be no more middle class. At which point do the 99 percent revolt and realize that only we can protect ourselves from them? Why is it always that labor costs cause a company to lose money? I say it’s management costs. How much more does the chief executive officer make compared to the average worker?

Ken

Regarding Metra’s antiquated equipment: Has anyone stopped to wonder why Metra is still using antiquated, 80-year-old equipment that failed miserably this winter? Could it have something to do with the fact that no one wants to pay for updating this equipment, just like no one wants to pay to update roads, bridges, sewers and other infrastructure in the United States? They want government to handle things without taxes being increased, so governmental bodies borrow more. When a recession hits, the house of cards comes tumbling down. Yet average citizens and politicians do nothing more than point fingers at each other.

Chicago

More about Golden Shoes in Palos Heights: Mark Goldberg, the owner, knows the trends and always fits his customers properly. The Small Business Person of the Year Award from the Palos Area Chamber of Commerce, which Mark recently received, is well-deserved. Mark, all your customers wish you continued success. You are a beacon of light in the community and a credit to the shoe industry.

Bernadine from Palos Heights

I thought zoos were supposed to care for animals. The Copenhagen Zoo could’ve moved the giraffe to another zoo or sanctuary or neutered him. Instead, it seems like he was raised for lion feed.

The Republicans are trying to make a mountain out of a molehill. The Congressional Budget Office stated that 2 million people may drop out of the work force due to Obamacare. This could be good for the job market. Older workers will leave the work force and younger workers who have been unemployed will join.

BJ from Hazel Crest

Regarding the Chicago Honey Bears: Maybe the Chicago Bears would win a championship if they had cheerleaders. We need the Honey Bears.



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