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Speak Out For March 14, 2014

A worker San Francisco cannabis buyers club weighs marijuana. |AP file photo

A worker at a San Francisco cannabis buyers club weighs marijuana. |AP file photo

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Updated: April 15, 2014 6:15AM



Ever watch the show “Shark Tank”? Often, contestants are advised to promote their products offshore to get the manufacturing price down. Who is giving the advice? Wealthy business owners. They thumb their noses at the little working men and women of this country every day.

The Bears dropped the ball again dealing with backup QB Josh McCown. They should have signed McCown to a two-year extension in the $8 million range. At 34 years old and a perfect fit in this offense, my guess is he would have signed. His 2013 salary was $970,000, not exactly big money in football terms. Why allow him to test the free-agent market and have, of all people, Lovie Smith sign him. If the Bears can pay Jay Cutler $127 million for five years, McCown at $4 million per year was a steal.

GWC

Kudos to Phil Kadner on his column “Mayors should support Dart’s plan.” We don’t often see columnists who are willing to write about the incompetence and corruption throughout Illinois. Thank you, sir, for having the backbone to write about it.

Ann Marie from Tinley Park

The Tinley Park administration is back in the news for supporting its family businesses with our tax dollars. Between the train station decorating and flower purchases, we the taxpayers have supported village administrators’ family businesses to the tune of $250,000. Not only is this a blatant conflict of interest, it is extreme arrogance. Let’s rename Zabrocki Plaza to Patronage Place. Perhaps this is why businesses defer opening up here?

Tinley Taxpayer

Can’t believe the city of Palos Heights wants to build or remodel the rec center to the tune of millions of dollars.

A concerned resident

Linda from Monee: Not all diabetes is the same. Her ill neighbor probably has Type 1 diabetes not Type 2, the diabetes that gets its start in poor eating habits and can lead to being overweight. Also, her neighbor has cancer. The poisons administered to someone who has cancer while trying to cure them can wreak havoc, affecting organs not involved in the cancer. This is what may have led to her neighbor’s insulin resistance. The point Pat from Lemont was trying to make was that much disease is preventable by proper nutrition and exercise.

Chicago

Does RC from Oak Lawn want socialism in this country? Wanting the government to control gasoline prices is the sort of thing people complain about as socialist when applied to other areas. South Carolina probably doesn’t have the same state and local taxes that apply to gasoline as in Oak Lawn. That’s one reason gasoline prices are so different all over the country and even between Chicago and the suburbs. Businesses are free to charge whatever they want, to paraphrase other commenters who’ve stated that there is nothing wrong with making money.

Chicago

One more time for those who still don’t get it: The government doesn’t set gasoline prices. Petroleum companies do, whether by the free market or their own manipulations. If anything, government subsidies and tax breaks for Big Oil keep prices down. Gas station owners who have to pay the oil companies for supply and also compete with neighboring stations are largely market-driven, so the price you pay is what the station owner needs to stay in business. It’s ironic that many of the same people who worship capitalism and want business deregulated and the government out of their lives also think the government should “do something” about high gas prices, or else they blame the government for how high they think the prices are.

Before John Basile assumes his young tiger is harmless and safe to take to bars and schools, he should remember Siegfried and Roy and what happened in Las Vegas.

Vicki J. from Homewood

I saw on the news that Illinois’ budget deficit ran up another $49 million. Why? Always, increasing public workers’ pensions. These “tax funded” pensions need to have a “value added” tax put on them, and an even larger tax if the retirees move to a state with lower taxes. It is these tax-funded pensions that directly increase the Illinois budget every year.

The person complaining about liberals dumbing down the SAT test doesn’t seem to know anything about this test. It has nothing to do with receiving a diploma. It is one of the measures used by colleges to determine if they will accept an applicant. That’s it — nothing more, nothing less.

Chicago

When we heard Allan Kustok is guilty of taking the life of his wife, Jeanie Kustok, most of us think “closed case.” Though it is the end of the trial, closure is far away for the families, the collateral victims. Jeanie was taken without a goodbye to anyone, especially her children, Sarah and Zak. Sarah is living proof of the shock and horror this tragedy inflicted. Sarah loved both of her parents and in her heart wanted to believe that the dad she grew up loving, the dad who took care of them, couldn’t do something so violent, so unspeakable. Don’t judge her — pray for her. This will weigh on all of them, but it will weigh most on Sarah.

Kathleen from Orland Park



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