Speak Out for June 20, 2012
June 19, 2012 2:36PM
Southlanders continue to debate what the best course of action should be when their kids are benched by coaches. | File photo
Updated: July 21, 2012 6:20AM
If coaches want to bench these kids on baseball teams, parents should get a refund. Part of being a coach is to help all kids. A community organization even benched my son in T-ball for being flat-footed.
An amazing thing happened on Father’s Day in Oak Lawn. Laughter and excitement bubbled over as police and fire engines came into view. Cheers went up as first responders passed by, followed by a large group of motorcycles. Finally, the reason for this large gathering: the boy we watched grow into a fine young Marine arrived home from his first tour of duty in Afghanistan. I felt honored to witness and participate in the homecoming of Lance Cpl. Joseph R. Harr. Welcoming home a soldier with all the love and gratitude we have to give was America at its best.
I may not have cared for some of my past teachers, but I respect what teachers do on a day-in, day-out basis. There are plenty of dedicated teachers, who deserve to make as much money as they possibly can doing a job some of you wouldn’t even survive one day on. Yet, the people who bash teachers are probably the same people who don’t teach their kids right from wrong but expect the teacher to work wonders in that department. Educating your kid is a team effort between the parents and teachers. Wake up and smell the coffee!
Well, after a second trial and an expenditure of millions of dollars, former MLB pitcher Roger Clemens is found not guilty of perjury. Now when are we going to get some truth from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder about Operation Fast and Furious? Holder has stonewalled Congress for more than a year-and-a-half, forwarding only a minimum amount of the documents asked for. It’s no doubt the Justice Department and the White House are trying to delay this until after the elections because when the public finds out the truth about this tragedy, we will surely have a new president.
If you’re searching for work, job openings are posted with “help wanted” signs at local businesses in Tinley Park. With unemployment so high, it is surprising that they have been there for as long as they have and in the summer when teens are out of school.
The security in the United States stinks. We can’t even control our borders yet we have the gall to send our military to other countries, which will turn on us as soon as we leave their countries. We should take care of our own problems first. Forget these other cutthroat countries.
I wish they would stop showing the Evergreen Kia TV commercial featuring the naked men with black blocks covering their private parts.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is so quick to make comments about getting involved in more wars. I’d like to see his five sons enlist in the military. Would Romney want to go to war if his sons had to fight it? Probably not.
Initial public offerings, Facebook included, are not for amateurs investing in stock. Anyone who is a seasoned investor or who has watched a show or two about investing on the MSNBC channel, knows these offerings should be left to those who can afford to gamble with their money. One should not buy stock expecting to make money overnight. Yes, it can happen. Then again, it might not. So much of what I see in Speak Out is that people need to be responsible for what they do, but I guess that was not so in this case.
I guess some people don’t have any morals anymore since having kids with different partners and living off welfare has become a way of life now.
Another team wins a championship before the Chicago Cubs. This time it’s the Los Angeles Kings winning hockey’s Stanley Cup.
Joe from Homer Glen
Ronald W. Evans and his wife, Regina — the two former Country Club Hills employees who were recently indicted on money laundering and the misuse of $1.25 million — stated in their grant applications that the money would be used by their nonprofit organization, We Are Our Brother’s Keeper, to help train workers. Where in the world would they get the idea that the misuse of taxpayers’ money was an OK thing to do?
What does Tim Baldermann want to do? Does he want to be a mayor or a superintendent of schools? What are his qualifications? How much money can he want? He already gets a disability pension from the Chicago Ridge Police Department. Come on! Either be mayor of New Lenox or superintendent of Union School District 81.
It’s a lack of communication. If God exists, perhaps he doesn’t much care if we believe in him. After all, if he does exist and is all-powerful, he could make it undeniably clear to each and every one of us that he is real. But he doesn’t. Why not?
Jeff from Orland Hills
I find it interesting that unions spent millions to try to keep Republicans from winning elected offices in Illinois. Now the Democrats, led by Gov. Pat Quinn, are going to pass on pension obligations to local school districts, thereby increasing property taxes in a big way. It has been Republicans voting against passing this on to the school districts. Maybe the teachers union should have helped a few more Republicans get elected.
Can people who use the Link card get cash back? If so, does that mean the taxpayers are paying for some Link card users’ cigarettes, alcohol and gambling?