Speak Out for June 7, 2012
June 6, 2012 4:56PM
Diced strawberries garnish a dish of homemade strawberry ice cream. | File photo
Updated: July 8, 2012 6:56PM
One of the things I love about warmer weather is the chance to indulge in ice cream of all flavors. Strawberry is one of my favorite flavors. How about you?
My husband has bad knees and loves to see a shopping cart outside to walk with. A lady thanked me for leaving my cart near the disabled parking spot. She said she wouldn’t have to bring her cane.
More about religion being the world’s biggest con game: Catholics should watch the Showtime TV series “The Borgias,” which is about Pope Alexander VI, a money- and power-hungry leader. He had mistresses and illegitimate children. So much for being chaste! It is all about control and money. Look at televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker for modern references. There are so many beliefs. Which one is true? There is so much hate and war caused by these so-called beliefs.
During the NATO Summit, President Obama said he couldn’t sleep in his own Chicago bed. That’s OK. After the November elections, he will have plenty of time to sleep in his Chicago bed.
Why don’t businesses get together and protest this, once again, tax hike on cigarettes? People in Illinois will just go to Indiana to buy cigarettes. Illinois politicians are only harming Illinois businesses that sell cigarettes. They should fight back.
Some of these girls really need to get their priorities straight. They have babies young, and some do so with different guys. And they expect to live off welfare or have their parents raise their children. You didn’t need your parents’ help when you made those babies. Did you? It’s really amazing how ungrateful and disrespectful this generation has become.
Why does the American Civil Liberties Union think it is the conscience of America? They are not what they used to be in the 1960s.
Don from Chicago
Watch out for motorcycles? I think not. Let motorcycles watch out for me. I cannot believe the stupid (and I’m being kind here) things I see motorcycle riders do. The next time I see one riding between cars, I’ll be prepared to accidentally or innocently open my door. Oops!
Teachers are not the enemy. Their salaries do not match up with the educational requirements. But most teachers go into education because of their love for children and knowing that they will receive a pension after many years of hard work. Maybe those people commenting and complaining should spend a week observing in a classroom. Get angry at all the welfare and subsidies that our government gives to the wealthy. These subsidies and tax breaks take away funds from education. We want the middle class to get paid well. They carry our economy.
With all the faith and God critics that I continue to read comments from, it’s no wonder the United States has morally gone down the toilet. The way faith in God is increasingly frowned upon, you’d swear we were talking about a Charles Manson cult or something. Everyone should be grateful there are still people like us faithful to keep this nation from losing all its founding values. To live life, you first need a foundation to live upon. Without faith as a foundation, there’s no basis for living. Let critics like Wes from Orland Park stew in their faithlessness.
Todd from Orland Park
To the horn-happy person in the tan Honda minivan on 105th Street and Western Avenue: If you see people getting into a parked car, slow down. You had two more lanes. You could have merged over. People fly down this street and police do nothing about it. But it’s against their policy.
There are quite a few foreclosed homes in Hazel Crest. I wonder if people are taking advantage of all the programs. Before anyone loses their home, I hope they are looking into programs for help. Never take no for the final word. Keep trying. Let them get tired of your phone calls. Go over the clerk’s head and ask for whoever is in charge. Keep good records. Don’t be too proud to beg. It is your home, after all.
BJ from Hazel Crest
I might be only 24 years old but when I was growing up and if a child did bad in school, it was the child who got in trouble. My mom always made sure my brother and me did our homework. She was always involved. If there was a problem, my parents didn’t run to the school board or call up the media to complain. It’s not the teachers’ responsibility to baby-sit. It seems these parents now just want to take the easy way out and look for something and someone else to blame when their children get in trouble.
Now that federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is gone, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan can run roughshod on the entire state. With no new sheriff in town, greed is open for anyone in politics.
John from Bridgeport
If the recent implosion in the stock market during May caused by the European crisis, the Morgan Stanley fiasco and the rising unemployment rate, didn’t convince you that they have really messed up this world, nothing will. You’re a senior without one of those juicy governmental pensions. Your meager bank savings account pays you virtually nothing. Your property tax bill went up again. Tell me. What recourse do you have in this mess? Anyone, anyone?
It was great hearing Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and Tom “Wimpy” Paciorek calling the Chicago White Sox games again.