Speak Out for June 13, 2012
June 12, 2012 3:42PM
Janet Rogers, a convicted felon who is the president of the Harvey School District 152 board, leaves Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School after a last-day-of-school assembly. | Larry Ruehl~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 14, 2012 6:30AM
I’ll bet Janet Rogers, a twice-convicted felon, was made Harvey School District 152 board president because her husband is on the board. What else is new? I believe the board hires their relatives.
I got a flat on LaGrange Road on Mother’s Day. I had a hard time trying to get the tire off. A young couple with their teenage son came up and changed the tire for me and wouldn’t accept anything for it. I’d just like to thank them for their act of kindness.
Bill from Tinley Park
A Speak Out commenter suggested that the poor should save up money for five years before having children. Why not just go back to the custom of not allowing men to marry unless they own real estate property and not allowing women to marry unless their families can present the groom with a large dowry. Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s make it a criminal act for unmarried people to have babies!
Every child should read Randy and Melanie Bordelon’s “Different drug problem” article in which a concerned citizen reminisces about being “drug” everywhere by parents and how America would be a better place if that was the kind of drug problem we had now. Also, parents should post the article where children can read it.
Bonnie from Hegewisch
Regarding my stadium, Toyota Park: I am a Bridgeview resident. The same political party, Democratic, has run the village for 53 of the past 57 years (they lost a 1959 election). Generations of friends, family members and various suppliers and supporters have benefited from tax money paid by homeowners such as myself. Six trustees are elected to watch out for our interests. I have met some of these people so a recent expose regarding our crushing debt actually comes as no surprise. I believe the trustees do not look after our interests. They are sheep.
If people are too fat, why does government subsidize the production of so much food?
Whenever I can’t see a Chicago White Sox game, I try to listen to it on the radio. Hometown boy or not, Ed Farmer makes it very hard to understand what’s going on down on the field. He made a great color man for John Rooney but not so much as a play-by-play guy. Farmer’s monotone delivery makes it really hard to distinguish between fair and foul and routine vs. exciting. Eddie, listen to Chicago Cubs play-by-play man Pat Hughes once in a while. Being a Sox fan, that hurt to say but it’s true.
Steve from Calumet Park
This is ugly enough to choke a buzzard. The owners of Felony Franks, a hot dog stand that hired ex-felons to give them another chance, are going out of business because of gangs hanging out at a close-by liquor store. So much for trying to help at that location!
BJ from Hazel Crest
I keep looking in the sports section for articles or standings for the Chicago Sky, of the WNBA, or the Chicago Bandits, of the women’s professional softball league. We have many on Chicago’s South Side who follow women’s sports. Many girls play basketball and softball. Women’s sports are important, too.
Whenever any politician is accused of stealing or misappropriating money, they need to remember the John Edwards defense. It’s called the “I didn’t know what my subordinates were doing” defense. Here in Illinois it’s called the Jesse Jackson Jr. defense. He allegedly didn’t know somebody in his camp made the offer to buy that Senate seat. Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich got clipped, but he was allegedly on tape boasting about it. He should have told some flunkie to offer the seat. He would have been scot-free. Then it could have been called the Blago defense.
People should beware of motorcycles, not watch out for them. To the motorcycle driver on a Wednesday evening who was driving west on 159th Street and stopped at the light on Bell Road: I guess you don’t know 159th Street is a one-lane road. You drove next to me on the right until you got fast enough to cut me off. I guess the gravel from the side of the road was bothering you because my car was getting pinged enough.
I would like to rebut the Speak Out comment from Willow Springs about religion being the world’s biggest con game: There will always be those from every denomination taking advantage of religion for the almighty dollar. But if he or she truly wants to learn the exact words from the Bible as well as the meaning, without begging for funds, tune in to the nondenominational Shepherd’s Chapel and the Rev. Arnold Murray, who is the pastor. This is coming from a Catholic. Who will this commenter pray to when on death’s bed?
Bob From Hickory Hills
President Obama does not demonize the rich. I’m so tired of hearing this rhetoric. President Obama is calling for fairness in taxes. He is not demonizing the rich. He is asking the wealthy to pay their fair share. The wealthy are paying some of the lowest tax rates in years. This has contributed to our economic problems.
In Pat Disabato’s latest column on ex-St. Laurence High School baseball player Kevin Smith’s transfer to Lincoln-Way North High School, the private school cost of close to $10,000 per year was alluded to as a factor, along with a chance to compete with friends from his home community. Were no friendships developed during the first three years at St. Laurence? Barring a major financial life change, didn’t the parents initally understand the cost of private education? Could this be a ploy to maximize his exposure to high-level competition at the private and public level before colleges and professionals come calling?