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Speak Out For March 12, 2014

The number Americans with diabetes is expected double or triple by 2050.

The number of Americans with diabetes is expected to double or triple by 2050.

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Updated: April 13, 2014 6:18AM



Well, folks, time to decorate your Christmas decorations for St Patrick’s Day, followed up by Easter decorations. It has been a rough winter, but there have been decent days to take in your stuff.

First of all, thank you for allowing your readers to Speak Out on issues of concern. I have an idea I would love to see implemented: GOOD NEWS SUNDAY. The editors would only publish positive and uplifting comments. It would be so refreshing to read about good things people say, do and feel in the Southland. Just one day that we wouldn’t have to read about people bashing people all the time. I appreciate any consideration you would give to this idea.

Pollyanna from Palos Heights

The current specimen ballot for the March 18, 2014 primary election has 172 “contests” to vote on. The Republican Party lists “no candidate” for 88 of these. No wonder the Democrats run this state and always will, if the only choices the voters have are from only one party.

Tarak from Midlothian

Why not make grocery bags out of biodegradeable materials? This would help eliminate the disposal problem.

C. from Tinley Park

I would like to urge everyone to lock your car even if you are running in the gas station for a few minutes. I must have forgot to lock my car going in to a Lockport Speedway for a coffee. In that few minutes, someone went through my car, stole a debit card, filled up their car, and rented out $129 worth of rentals from Redbox. Watch people, too, as this car burglar is out there.

Note to politicians, both Democrats and Republicans: I was talking to a high school senior the other day, an ex-student of mine who is the kind of person we want leading our country someday. An honor student with many AP credits, she is also a soccer star and scholarship winner from many different colleges. She wants nothing to do with politics, she believes you are all in it for the wrong reason, and she’s completely turned off by what is supposed to be the democratic process. So pols, please stop your greed and start representing the people.

Someone writes in stating that Speak Out should institute an intelligence test for commenters. If you don’t like the comments in this section, don’t read it. People are just stating their opinions — right or wrong. However, you do make a point regarding capitalism. Yes, that is right, “the big dogs will do whatever they want to maximize profits.” This is why we need regulations to protect consumers. You can’t have unregulated capitalism!

I used to think that the way to prosper financially, in part, was to acquire a good education and maintain a law-abiding persona. After reading the newspapers, having a criminal record has no apparent detrimental correlation to your ability to earn six-figure-plus salaries, as long as you are a member of city, state, or federal government. Police Lt. Denis P. Walsh, who had the Koshman file in his bungalow till the trial was over, is an example. He’s a guy who had a sex assault charge filed against him, for which he paid a fine. The guy pulled down close to $150K last year. Hey, join the CPD, your chances of earning CEO pay are much greater there than in the business world.

One of the gubernatorial candidates, who shall intentionally go unnamed, keeps talking about career politicians buying political favors and votes. With the money he has spent, isn’t he trying to buy an election? Sounds as if he’s calling the kettle black.

Tinley Park

Why is it that the United States has money to give all these foreign countries and the first family can travel all over the world and we have no money to help the taxpayers tornado victims in Illinois? This is disgusting. It’s a shame. They should worry about taking care of people here first.

Rich

For the person who wrote to speak out complaining about gas prices thinking it had something to do with capacity or not having capacity in the United States, it’s all about politicians taking kickbacks from multibillion-dollar companies, like the oil companies and the pharmaceuticals. You want to stop the high prices of medication and gasoline? Stop the politicians from taking board positions and cash kickbacks in the way of lobbyists. Stop the lobbyists; we’ll stop the price gouging.

Tom from Burbank

Gov. Quinn is proposing $45 million to help storm damage victims in Washington, Ill. Illinois is broke. Our ratings are next to Detroit. Gov. Quinn, where is this money coming from?

B.J. from Hazel Crest

We see ads on TV for “wonder drugs” and all their benefits. Then, in the very next sentence, they list a litany of horrible side effects that could happen if we take it ... including death. Does the Food and Drug Administration really care about us, not only letting them air it on TV, but also actually letting the manufacturers market products like them?

Bob from Oak Forest

This is regarding the 2 percent eating tax in Homewood effective May 1. I think people should boycott every restaurant in Homewood and tell these officials where to stick their tax. This is ridiculous — taxing eating, taxing sitting, smoking, drinking. They just keep throwing these taxes on to cover pensions and all their mistakes. Throw these bums out.

Matt from Homewood



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