Speak Out for Aug. 27, 2012
August 26, 2012 2:26PM
SouthtownStar columnist Donna Vickroy encountered Claudia Valle (left), Harry King (back), Ann Sieben and Wendy Feliz as the group finished up an 18-day pilgrimage to El Sanctuario de Chimayo in New Mexico. | Donna Vickroy~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 28, 2012 6:09AM
It really is a small world after all, as evidenced by columnist Donna Vickroy encountering Oak Lawn native Harry King in New Mexico. It sounds like the experience was a touching lesson in generosity.
I recently read a Forum letter praising the Jackson family for telling the truth about U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. What a joke! I believe the only news given out are tidbits and lies accompanied by bits and pieces of the truth. Sorry for your illness but elected officials are supposed to truthfully inform their constituents on what is happening. Maybe that crown got too tight.
Ken from Crete
One of the latest outrages in Speak Out is poor people using a Link card at a gasoline station. Really? When are we going to get angry about the real indignation? The wealthy own our government and they continue to ensure laws favor them by pouring millions into campaign funds. Wealthy corporations continue to pay low wages and give millions to top executives. The middle class is dwindling away and we are worried about a poor person using a Link card at a gas station? We can’t afford to allow the wealthy to continue to take advantage of our system.
The statement that was made recently at Chick-fil-A by people of all races and cultures increased my faith in humanity. The media has been leading us to believe we are not a Christian nation anymore. The people who came out in support of Chick-fil-A president and chief operating officer Dan Cathy tell me otherwise.
Regarding the ban on assault weapons: Gov. Pat Quinn is at it again. He is trying to go against the Constitution and take away our right to bear arms. I think he should be more concerned about all the weapons our government sells to other countries.
Roger from Oak Lawn
About welfare and Link cards: I agree with the person who wrote about people abusing the system. These people drive nice cars, buy expensive items and live in nice homes but don’t get married for then they would lose their benefits. What is wrong with that picture? I call it stealing.
I really enjoy reading The Daily Splash, a new feature in the SouthtownStar. Learning about personal experiences, both good and bad, directly from the writings of accomplished individuals is a refreshing addition to your paper.
Bebop from Tinley Park
The Kickboard USA Mini Micro scooter is being recalled because the plastic wheel cover could break and cause cuts. The scooter I made as a kid was nailed together with a wooden fruit box, a 2-by-4 and a disassembled metal roller skate. That beauty had a stick on top of the box for steering, and I added beer bottle caps to jazz it up. I fell off that thing 100 times. I once hit a hole in the sidewalk and the thing came apart. It’s a wonder I survived such a dangerous toy without the benefit of a recall notice.
To all of the poor Chicago Cub fans: Why don’t you attend a Chicago White Sox game on a Friday night? It’s probably the best food of any baseball park. There’s a Jumbotron screen and fireworks, too. What do you got to lose? You might see a rare event for you — a home team win.
Bill from Oak Forest
To the atheist mother of three from Orland Park: You are exactly what’s wrong with atheists. You’re insulted that someone hoped you had a spiritual moment? Are you kidding me? Then you insult everyone who does believe by saying they’re not intelligent. Trying to disprove someone’s beliefs is a lot easier without your condescending, intolerant attitude and rhetoric. How hypocritical are you to end with “We need to treat each other with respect.” It’s funny how atheists have no problem insulting Christianity. What are your thoughts on Islam or Judaism? Yeah, that’s what I thought. God bless!
Maybe the reason the Democrats want Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to release his tax returns is so that the people can see how goofed up the tax policies are and how it’s devastating for the middle class and the economy. If more people knew about this there would be a demand to make it more fair.
To those arguing over gay marriage: If you honestly, sincerely believe that sexual child abuse and prostitution — crimes that traumatize and demean their victims — are on the same level of moral reprehensibility and abnormality as mere sexual interest in those of the same sex, then the many years you’ve spent on this planet have not been enough to cultivate your sense of reality on the matter. To extend the example, many child abusers and pimps are heterosexual. Should we demonize heterosexuality as a result of their actions? Homosexuality is not a crime, and it doesn’t imply morally decadent behavior.
It was stated that the majority of Americans don’t know what is in the health care bill. If you don’t know about it, how can you be for it?
Mary from Lansing
The Chicago White Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays game was halted while paramedics tried to resuscitate a fan. As the camera panned around I was surprised that none of the players were making the sign of the cross as they do when they go to the plate. I guess making the sign of the cross and getting a single is more important than a human being’s life.
Pete from Chicago
The doggy park is for animals to play in, not to relieve themselves.