Speak Out for June 18, 2012
June 17, 2012 7:52PM
Tom Cruise plays rocker Stacee Jaxx in the musical movie "Rock of Ages." | Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
Updated: July 19, 2012 6:10AM
I’m a big fan of Tom Cruise, but I’m skeptical of him playing a rock star in the “Rock of Ages” movie. To those of you who’ve seen the flick, what’s your verdict?
I recently had the pleasure of enjoying Harvey native Tom Dreesen telling his funny stories and talking about his life with Frank Sinatra at an event at CD&ME in Frankfort. For two straight hours I have never been so entertained for so little cost. Thank you, Tom Dreesen.
John from Bridgeport
I wish I could send everyone in Illinois a copy of Fran Eaton’s recent column “Illinois GOP’s new platform should be cause for optimism.”
Do our Oak Lawn officials have to continuously bicker over petty issues? Why can’t they complete a job and get something done? These trustees have to be the worst leaders.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Palos Heights firemen and policemen for their quick response to my emergency call about being trapped in an elevator. Their response and courtesy was phenomenal. I would like to thank the emergency dispatcher for her help in keeping me calm throughout the entire ordeal.
Bob from Tinley Park
Nice job, Wisconsin, for voting in favor of the rich 1 percent. You struck the first major blow to labor unions that protect the rights of the working man. So when unions fall to the wayside and the working class is at the mercy of big business, it will be you cheeseheads who opened that door. Republican legislatures in the pockets of the wealthy are licking their chops in anticipation of putting their feet upon the necks of the working class. We, of the working class, must beat them back at the polls. Don’t allow union rights to be destroyed.
Art from Oak Lawn
The Chicago Police Department and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy were labeled heroes during the NATO Summit. But they seem to be dropping the ball with all these attacks and shootings. This has been going on before the NATO Summit, and it has been happening since the NATO Summit. One day it’s a goat, the next day it’s a hero and the next day it’s a goat again. Why can’t you use NATO Summit tactics against these gangs?
I’m so tired of reading all the complaints about poor people on food stamps and teachers. I almost can’t read Speak Out anymore. Folks, wake up! Why are you angry about feeding the poor? Why are you angry that a middle-class worker like a teacher is looking for a decent wage? Take a look at the billions of our tax dollars the United States hands out in subsidies and tax breaks for wealthy corporations There are so many it makes me sick. Wealthy corporations own our political system. We have lost our democracy. Why don’t I see comments about that?
Some liberals say President Obama is not fighting hard enough for them. If President Obama comes out swinging, calling names and demanding action, he would be challenged with: “Who does he think he is?” or “He doesn’t dictate to us” or “He’s way out of line.”
There have been warnings from financial experts that there is going to be a debt crisis. Many states are putting in reforms to deal with a crisis. But the solution from some other states like Illinois is to just tax the hell out of people. Many states are cutting back and saving money. They are not cutting back or saving money here in Illinois.
Wasn’t one of the founding values and reasons for the pilgrims coming over here the freedom of religion, particularly the freedom from having people jam their version of religion down your throat?
The Speak Out commenter questioning “small” portion sizes at supermarkets is why so many Americans are overweight or obese. People have no concept of how much they should eat. Did this person check labels of these products to see how many calories each serving contains? Does this person know how many calories a day someone should eat to maintain their weight? It’s 1,800 to 2,200 calories depending on height and sex (and physical activity) that we should strive for. Eat that family-size container of rice pudding and you’re probably close to a meal’s worth of calories — and without much nutrition.
I am here to vote for the resignation of Gov. Pat Quinn, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other politicians in Illinois. They got rid of the death penalty, raised taxes on everything, doubled the car sticker fee, raised more taxes, and doubled the rates on the toll road. And taking care of the freeloaders is too much. Enough is enough!
I’m a farmer’s daughter who would like to thank Susan DeMar Lafferty for her fine and informative story “Drought drives farmers’ fears.” It was well-written. She quoted Mark Schneidewind from the Will County Farm Bureau and several area farmers about the lack of rain and the importance that it is not only to our farmers but also for our economy. It was so nice to see a down-home story. I enjoyed it very much. My father along with my two brothers and my nephew are area farmers, so I truly understand the importance of rain and/or no rain.
The Democrats’ polices begin with taxing anything that moves, then regulating anything that moves too fast and finally subsidizing anything that stops moving.
Bill from Oak Forest