Speak Out for June 14, 2012
June 13, 2012 4:46PM
Corn is just one of many items Southlanders like to throw on the grill in the warmer months. | File photo
Updated: July 15, 2012 3:27PM
Barbecue grills will, no doubt, be out in full force for Father’s Day weekend. Not only do I love the hamburgers and hot dogs, but corn on the cob is oh so good.
On June 2 my family, the Wicks, went to Egg Headz Cafe in Tinley Park to celebrate my son being home from the Army on a two-week leave. The manager told my son a customer wanted to thank him for his service to the United States and paid our whole bill. I cannot tell you how shocked and touched we were that a stranger would be so generous. I can only hope this person is reading and sees this. If so, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and promise to pay it forward to another military family.
Think of all the good $750,000 could do for people in genuine need instead of a fancy car for a boyfriend, but that would not generate the press that Kim Kardashian buying a Lamborghini for Kanye West’s birthday did. And the Kardashians are all about press. It’s how they’ve made their fortunes.
If the Bible is supposed to be such an important message from God, then why doesn’t God drop a copy in everyone’s lap, in their own language — not subject to interpretation — and take the mystery out of it? Or did God stop sending messages thousands of years ago, or maybe he’s off saving some other galaxy now. Peace.
More about the suggestion to speak to the coach when your kid isn’t being used on the baseball field: I’m a south suburban public school parent. Going from being one of the best to being pushed aside made my son lose interest in the game. The coaches knew who they wanted and were not going to give anyone else a chance. I’m so glad we spent $300 on the new required bat for it to just sit there.
To RW from Oak Forest: I love the term “sheeple.” It was a great play on words. Is it yours?
If people in the suburbs are complaining about the seemingly wide range of fluctuating gasoline prices, think about your brother or sister who lives in Chicago. When I go to visit my brother who lives in Chicago, the gas prices are 30 cents more than where I live. It’s incredible. He should come visit me at my house, if only to gas up for cheaper.
For proof our news media is completely left-bias, all you have to do is look at the news coverage of the recall election in Wisconsin. The media tried to take a tremendous win for Gov. Scott Walker and turn it into a political gain for President Obama. That had to be preplanned.
Would you trade your spouse for the winning numbers of the lottery?
Mike P. from Chicago
I watched the recent 60th jubilee for Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mum, on television. I’ve come to the conclusion that thank God we live in America. It just seems so preposterous to virtually deify a human being just because she belongs to a family that dominated the British citizenry for hundreds of years. God bless those who also found the concepts of kingship and queenship and the throne preposterous, too. America became great in less than 300 years because our forefathers didn’t buy into that royal nonsense.
To all of the whiny and greedy capitalist pigs who lost money on the Facebook initial public offering: Get over it. You gambled and lost. Tough! Now there is a class-action lawsuit pending. The only reason you are upset is because you were on the wrong side of the alleged insider shenanigans. If the stock was currently selling at high levels, we wouldn’t be able to pry the smirk off your face with a crowbar.
Wes from Orland Park
These student athletes are dying of cardiac arrest because they are involved in too many sports at a time. The body needs to rest.
Where are the surrogates for President Obama? Why are they having a problem staying on message? They seem to be running scared and looking out for themselves. They are afraid they might tarnish their own record. The Republicans are hard core and ruthless. They can afford to be because, right or wrong, they have each other’s back.
It’s funny how someone you didn’t get along with at first ends up becoming a friend for life.
Gina from Chicago Heights
What’s up with the small portions at grocery stores? I can eat a whole family-sized container of rice pudding in under 10 minutes. I can finish a candy bar in three bites. Yogurt is gone in four or five scoops. The toothpaste is completely gone in two weeks.
Rick from Evergreen Park
We are sick and tired of teachers thinking they deserve a raise and better benefits than others. In a real job, you are paid for performance. Well, teachers have done a terrible job. Jobs are going overseas because our kids are undertrained for the real world. Teachers unions control politicians so the vicious cycle accomplishes nothing. The solution is to get rid of teacher unions and let each teacher bid and keep their jobs individually like the rest of us. We taxpayers cannot afford what the unions are asking for.
I feel like too much emphasis is being placed on the governor and not enough on the state Legislature. Too many people in the Legislature are happy with just the status quo. All they are concerned about is with holding on to their own position and advancing their agenda.
Mark from Hickory Hills