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Speak Out for May 6, 2014

A ball bounces Aug. 31 during 16-inch softball league game North Park FranklPark. | Joe Cyganowski~for Sun-Times Media

A ball bounces in Aug. 31 during a 16-inch softball league game at North Park in Franklin Park. | Joe Cyganowski~for Sun-Times Media

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Investigators suspect that a snapped clip sent eight aerial acrobats plummeting 20 feet or more during a daring performance, an experience one injured performer likened to a “plunge into darkness.”

The clip, a common type called a carabiner that’s used for everything from rock climbing to holding keyrings, was one of several pieces at the top of a chandelier-like apparatus that suspended the performers, fire officials said. After the accident, the 4- to 5-inch steel clip was found in three pieces on the ground with its spine snapped.

Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare stopped short of saying the carabiner caused Sunday’s accident at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus, witnessed by about 3,900 people, many of them children. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is trying to make a final determination.

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Can someone tell me why the Federal Reserve allows minuscule interest rates on bank passbook accounts, but the government charges students exorbitant rates on student loans? Does this country want to destroy this current generation, and then proceed to burden the succeeding generations with the accumulated, unpaid debt of their parents and grandparents. The financial crisis of 2009 was met with a myriad of concessions to save the so called “too big to fail” banks, but our government will not come to the aid of the financially overburdened college student. Where is the outrage, where are the demonstrations, where are the bailouts?

Phil Kadner’s Sunday column was just great. I really enjoyed reading it. I welcome you from the dark side. Rauner may or may not be able to turn this state around but at least it will be different.

People say sexism is why women are not in the sciences. I’m sure to a point that is true. But why does no one ask why more of us women aren’t plumbers, linemen or in construction. Why aren’t more men day care providers or hairdressers? Why? Because in general we’re not interested. Most women don’t want to work with sewage even for the great pay. No woman I know wants to go hundreds of feet in the air and handle live electrical wires. Most men I know can’t handle kids for hours on end. While there are certainly men and women in all of these professions, in general many are dominated by men or women. There is a difference between the sexes. It doesn’t make one any better than the other.

Dawn

Here is a prime example of the lack of media information being presented to readers: Circuit Court Clerk Dorthy Brown’s husband who is a convicted felon for financial fraud is given control of a portion of the wasted $55 million and it is hidden on page 36 of your paper. The lack of true reporting is disgraceful.

Has anyone from Bridgeview’s government noticed what’s happening at the northwest corner of 83rd Street and Roberts Road. This area has always been an eyesore, but it is worse now than ever. Before allowing a scrap-metal recycling business to open, was any consideration given to how it would impact the neighborhood and property values? Maybe because it’s located on the border of Justice, anything goes.

Justice

I am always amazed at the simple-minded people in this section. You write in to complain about middle-class workers such as teachers. People who make modest salaries to educate our children. Yet, hedge fund managers, bankers and other Wall Street people are making millions. They tanked our economy, got away with it and continue to make millions. Laws favor them. Why? Because they own our politicians. And you are complaining about a teacher.

To the “bleeding heart”: It’s too bad that Speak Out can’t show red correction marks. There was an error in every one of your sentences. Teachers make nearly all of the contributions to their own pension system. We do not get 12 months pay, although some of us choose to spread out the payments for budgeting purposes. We also pay for our insurance. As far as Europe is concerned, I have been teaching for 15 years and have not been able to afford to go there. The bottom line is: Teachers don’t deserve a pension because we don’t get Social Security, we deserve a pension because it was promised to us and we paid for it. In regards to your knowledge and research, you deserve an F, sir (or madam).

Why do people — and probably the same people who think taxes are too high and the government should be smaller — always want the government to step in and solve non-problems? The writer who thinks there are too many commercials on TV thinks Congress should get involved and pass a law to limit the number of commercials in a one-hour show. Read a book, take a walk, join Netflix or use another streaming service — this is how to rebel against too many commercials. Please don’t ask Congress to burden us with more unnecessary laws.

Chicago



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