Speak Out for June 15, 2012
June 14, 2012 4:08PM
The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University in University Park features nearly 30 pieces including "Oscar's Inclination" (2003) by Michael Dunbar. | File photo
Updated: July 16, 2012 6:31AM
Now that the weather is nice, try to explore all that the Southland has to offer. One gem is the free Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University in University Park.
My husband and I had a blowout on Interstate 80 just before Joliet. I’d like to thank the young couple who went out of their way to come back and help us and the truck driver who changed our tire. Thank you God for sending us these angels.
To the Speak Out commenter from Willow Springs who asked about “sheeple”: The term has been around for years. It’s used to refer to people who will believe anything they are fed by those in power, without question. It’s a big part of the reason middle class folks support policies that don’t benefit themselves. They are stroked, fed and led to slaughter — without realizing it until it’s too late.
On a recent weekend, it cost $3.91 a gallon for gasoline. Then the price went up to $4.19 by the following Monday. Wow! Only in America and the lovely state of Illinois and the great Crook County.
My heart goes out to Heidi Yergler Herrmann and her lack of response from the Mokena school where her daughter is being bullied. I guess Mokena School District 159 Supt. Steve Stein does not want to admit that bullying occurs. He says the teacher handles the problem first, but are teachers even trained in how to handle bullying? He says the phones aren’t ringing off the hook about bullying, but not all young people or their parents even recognize bullying or turn to the school for help. And maybe fights or other misbehavior are really bullying in disguise.
Janice from Crestwood
Please! Enough with the accusations that all the news media slants to the left. There are so many right wing TV programs and radio shows that it makes me sick.
There is a simple answer to flash mobs. Anybody caught in a flash mob that injures someone should get 10 years in jail with no parole. But that would never happen. We could never be so harsh on the poor underprivileged criminals.
OK. The schools and the politicians play a game at the expense of the taxpayers. What are you doing about it?
Home rule in Homer Glen has to go. Mark your calendar and post a note to vote no on home rule in November. Home rule gives elected officials more power and a blank check when it comes to spending our money. Voting no for home rule means the officials need to get voters’ approval on spending and other laws and rules. It’s our village. It’s time to take it back. Vote no for home rule in Homer Glen in November.
It’s apparent to everyone by now that the Republicans want to establish a corporatocracy to be ruled by giant corporations in the United States. It will mean the end of democracy. It is uncannily similar to the idea of the divine right of kings, that is to say that those in power deserve all of the power and must be submitted to.
I heard President Obama say something about “my White House.” It’s not his White House. It’s mine. It’s yours. It’s we the people’s house.
Don from Palos Hills
Technology is killing us. If you think unemployment is bad now, just wait. I know this firsthand. Where I work, what used to take four workers to use a machine now only takes one worker to do the same job.
A Speak Out commenter sarcastically suggested that we make it a criminal act for unmarried people to have children. That might be a good idea. I don’t believe in the phrase “single mother.” There are mothers, widowed mothers, divorced mothers and unwed mothers.
As I watch the Los Angeles Kings celebrate their Stanley Cup victory, all I can do is look at the New Jersey Devils and ask, “Why did they shave off their playoff beards?” It’s tradition. It’s folklore. All they did was damn themselves. Congratulations to the Kings on their first Stanley Cup.
Ted from Frankfort
There are inner-city churches, as well as suburban churches, that teach against premarital sex and are in favor of getting married before having a baby. They also teach what a man’s responsibility is and to take care of their children. However, no church can force a person to do what they teach. People have free will. It is the individual’s choice to make a wise or an unwise decision.
Country Club Hills
If some people want to tie teachers’ pay to students’ results, then I feel like we should tie legislators’ pay to economic growth.
Way to go, Pat Disabato! I’m glad you’ve seen the light about high school baseball player Kevin Smith. In my original opinion, I thought Smith’s transfer from St. Laurence High School to Lincoln-Way North High School was all about logistics and finances. As it turns out, I was correct. I believe $13,000 is not chicken feed, and traveling all of those miles is not fun either.
Bob from Oak Forest
It’s a shame that Toyota Park has not been profitable for Bridgeview and allegedly put the village into so much debt. With the excitement surrounding the Chicago Fire soccer team and summer concerts, the outdoor stadium should have been a boon to the local economy.