Forum: Immigrants must adapt
May 17, 2013 9:06PM
Updated: June 20, 2013 4:35PM
In regards to the May 5 column by St. Xavier University professor Reza Varjavand, I commend him for his comments on the customs of Muslim women. He should send a copy of his column to all the mosques in the Southland.
I am a firm believer that immigrants should come here and gladly embrace our laws and customs. If they can’t do so, then perhaps they should return to their native country.
Mr. Varjavand said immigrants should be thankful for the kindness and opportunities extended to them. I believe that they should also not push their agendas on us. If they truly want to be accepted, they must adapt because we do not wish to change for them.
Many millions of immigrants have come to America during the past century and adapted to our way of life. They learned English and were accepted as legal citizens, and today’s immigrant population must do the same.
To all our immigrant neighbors, please embrace our ways and love our country or leave it.
My wife and I recently were in Houlihan’s restaurant in Orland Park. We were disappointed that our server couldn’t be attentive to us because she had a table of 25 that was very rude. Luckily, the Houlihan’s staff noticed and took care of us right away.
But we were disgusted at the behavior of the customers at the large table. When they arrived and noticed that a gratuity would be added to tables of eight or more, they asked to have tables split into groups of six or seven. After they had their drinks, they complained they were too weak and asked for the cost to be refunded.
These were so-called adults, not young kids. Then they requested separate checks for all 25. We couldn’t believe what we were hearing.
Those people should be ashamed of themselves for trying to defraud. How do these people expect establishments to survive if such behavior exists? If you don’t want to leave a gratuity or pay your tab, then stay home.
70 mph limit a bad idea
The Illinois Insurance Association opposes legislation that raises the speed limit on interstate highways to 70 mph from 65 mph.
While deaths on Illinois roads and highways have decreased in recent years, statistics show a dramatic rise in fatalities attributable to speeding. In 2009, speeding contributed to 325 highway fatalities, a number that jumped to 439 in 2011.
The insurance industry supports laws that make Illinois roadways safe for all motorists. Raising the speed limit seems convenient at first glance, but statistics prove otherwise. Driving faster puts lives in danger.
Kevin J. Martin
Illinois Insurance Association