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Speak Out for Sept. 16, 2014

To the people of Burbank: If you really care about the flooding and power outage situation, I strongly urge you to take the time to vote. Don’t forget about the damage that has been done over and over again and what has not been done …

Speak Out for Sept. 15, 2014

The Cubs are raising ticket prices next year. Amazing how people are willing to support a perennial loser. But a lot of visitors want to see Wrigley Field. Tourists have always been fascinated by ancient ruins. Ron in Orland Park To the writer who commented …

Reeder: More accepted to U of I saying ‘no thanks’

More often than not, when students receive an admission letter from the University of Illinois, they opt to attend another university. That’s a sad state of affairs for Illinois’ flagship university. The U of I is a terrific school. My father graduated from its Urbana-Champaign …

McGrath: The color of privilege, the color of doubt

When I was pulled over by police many years ago on a remote stretch of Illinois 171 at 1 a.m., I was the same age as Michael Brown. Brown was the 18-year-old black teenager shot and killed Aug. 9 by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, …

Forum: Rauner campaign should be ashamed

Unconscionable is the only word I can think of for Mike Schrimpf, spokesman for Bruce Rauner’s campaign for governor. To use an attack on our armed forces and the death of an American soldier for political gain is sickening. Gov. Pat Quinn had called Rauner …

Speak Out for Sept. 12, 2014

Tom from Evergreen Park said students are sure to have “slanted liberal ‘clap trap’ ” beaten into their heads just by going to college. Why are we so afraid of people whose worldview differs from ours? That thought scares me more than college students being …

Miller: IEA surprises by backing conservative GOP lawmaker

The Illinois Education Association always has leaned more Republican than the Illinois Federation of Teachers, but one of the IEA’s endorsements has raised a few eyebrows this year. The IEA last month endorsed conservative state Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon. The Illinois AFL-CIO assigns the …

Speak Out for Sept. 11, 2014

Tom from Mokena wrote that some guy named Rauner gave millions of dollars to charity. Besides Rauner, his wife and his tax attorney, the guy from Mokena is the only other person alive who has seen governor-wannabe’s tax returns. Bruce will not let the voters …

Forum: Make medical pot readily accessible

You would think that medical marijuana was contagious to hear Chicago aldermen talk about an appropriate zoning district for the location of its dispensaries. Instead of thinking so hard about where medical marijuana should not be available, aldermen should swallow hard, forget the foolish historic …

Speak Out for Sept. 10, 2014

To Joe in Tinley who thinks it’s a bad thing Rauner is in a $140,000 wine club: Bruce Rauner is rich, and this is how rich people spend their money. You choose to live in Tinley Park and pay more in taxes as opposed to …

Speak Out for Sept. 9, 2014

I am of the opinion that former Bears coach Mike Ditka will do or say anything for some money. Rick from Evergreen Park I had a lot of enthusiasm for the arrival of Marc Trestman as the Bears new head coach. Since he arrived (in …

Speak Out for Sept. 8, 2014

Regarding how people send nudes (photos) through electrical devices thinking that no one else will see it: Well, I say that everyone can see it. There is at least one person other than the person you send it to that can see all the things …

Legislators need to override Quinn speed-limit veto

The Illinois General Assembly in May passed Senate Bill 2015 by “veto-proof” majorities of 48-6 in the Senate and 111-4 in the House. The law would raise the speed limit on all Illinois tollways to 70 mph. But despite the overwhelming support for this bill, …