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Speak Out for Aug. 22, 2012

People line up support Chick-fil-A store OrlPark Illinois Wednesday August 1 2012.  | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media

People line up to support Chick-fil-A at the store in Orland Park, Illinois, Wednesday, August 1, 2012. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 23, 2012 6:18AM



I still can’t believe that in the name of love and goodness, all the shiny, happy and wholesome people waited for two hours to get their Filet of Hate sandwiches at Chick-fil-A.

Thank you, Mr. John W. Fountain, for your beautiful article about Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas and what’s really important in life. It’s such a shame in the current society that we are teaching little girls that beauty is what is important and not pride in yourself, perseverance to be your best in whatever you do, and being happy with who you are. I know those are the things I hope my daughter learns in life, and also that pretty isn’t everything.

Renee from Midlothian

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. did not have to go out of state for mental health care. Chicago has some of the best hospitals in the United States. I think he went for other reasons.

Palos Hills

In response to the high prices at ball games, with the athletes wanting more and more money, the prices will continue to go up and up until the fans stay away.

America sure is the land of the free all right, giving free-income housing, health care, schooling, jobs and Link cards to some illegal immigrants while the rest of us who lived in the United States for years can’t catch a break or help.

Chicago Heights

If Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney did not file and did not pay income taxes that were due, the Internal Revenue Service would have caught up with him long ago. It is entirely different to take all the exemptions allowed by law. I certainly take advantage of the exemptions I am eligible for and if I had enough money, I would shelter it in overseas accounts. Why is everyone so envious of those who have been financially successful in life? I remember when that was everyone’s goal.

Why even put out signs restricting water use? I have several neighbors who must feel like the rules do not pertain to them. On several occasions throughout this summer, these people have run their sprinklers in defiance of the clearly labeled restrictions. Most offenses were in their back yards or at night when they hope no one is watching. My gut tells me that this is not a random defiance to rules but more of a systemic philosophy on how they live their lives.

Mokena

The commenter who wrote about the Second Amendment forgets that at the time of the Founding Fathers, there was no city police, state police, county sheriff’s officers, let alone the FBI. In other words, we do not need militias and do not want illegal guns and ammunition sold to people who have mental diseases. This is the 21st century, not the 1700s.

Julia from Hazel Crest

Another election is upon us, but one of the most important issues is never discussed: our ongoing war and occupation in the Middle East. America is in a state of never-ending war, and we the people don’t even notice. We’ve been conditioned to accept this situation with the belief that our troops overseas are protecting us, which is the biggest lie ever hoisted on us in history. As a nation, we are guilty of collective stupidity. But let me tell you that we all know what the Kardashians are up to.

Bridgeview

I’m an atheist and a mother of three. A few times I have read criticism in the Speak Out against atheists. Would the paper print a derogatory remark from a Catholic about a Jew? Recently a reader from Oak Lawn wrote that he or she hopes that someday atheists would have a spiritual moment like witnessing nature or a newborn baby, as though an atheist wasn’t capable of appreciating such things. This is insulting. I would never say I hope a religious person someday has a moment of intelligence. We need to treat each other with respect.

Orland Park

The Illinois government is working on pension reform. Does that mean that they are going to start giving up some of their pension, seeing as some of them are getting two or three pensions? Are they going to start with themselves, who get oodles of money, rather than us who sometimes only get $300 per month? I guess I’m just dreaming.

President Obama’s rest and relaxation is over with. He has a new R and R to contend with. That is Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan.

Phil Kadner, you’re right that vandalizing Hassan M. Abdallah’s grave is a hate crime. Someone had hate in their heart for him and his family. That’s unacceptable. As a veteran and with my son in the military, I wonder if Fort Hood was workplace violence or domestic terrorism. How about 9/11 when some cheered when the Twin Towers fell? Was that hate? I’m sure you won’t touch that. Then you wouldn’t be a Robin Hood column writer. What’s in your heart? Why not do an article sticking up for our brave military who died at Fort Hood? Show ’em respect.

Oak Forest

To the person who wrote about Jesus not saying anything about two men shacking up: It amazes me how people make remarks about the Bible and have not even read it, or have only read parts of it, or pick out what they like and leave out the parts they don’t like. So many people call themselves Christians and don’t even know what the Bible says. I can call myself a great baseball player, but that doesn’t mean I am one. Read it and then make a decision.

Tinley Park

With summer winding down, try to get outside as much as you can.



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