Speak Out for Aug. 29, 2012
August 28, 2012 4:28PM
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/The Dayton Daily News, Chris Stewart)
Updated: September 30, 2012 6:20AM
One of the great explorers in the history of mankind passed away recently. Neil Armstrong is one of our own and American. He is another example of the greatness of this country. May he rest in peace.
Perhaps the Christian believer in God feels atheists are always picking on and insulting Christians because it’s Christians who are the most vocal in their disapproval of atheism. It’s only Christians I know who, when the fact that I don’t believe in their religion nor a god comes up, get bent out of shape and imply I can’t be a good or moral person and I must be deficient in other ways because I don’t see the hand of god in the wonders of nature around me. I never had this reaction from those who practice religions other than Christianity.
I would like to refer you to Phil Kadner’s fantastic column about hate in America. As a gay person, the only thing that I and my friends are looking for is equality and equal rights under the law. We do not want special treatment. We want to be treated the same as every other American.
Mark from Hickory Hills
I can’t believe they are spending $5 million to turn Oak Forest Hospital into Oak Forest Health Center. I think they should save their pennies so in the future they won’t be saying they have to close it because it costs too much.
I have no problem giving people the opportunity to work. The problem I have is President Obama wants to give blanket amnesty without any kind of debate about immigration policies. The next step is to get these people registered to vote so they can all vote for him. That’s not the way to do it. Obama is not the king of the United States. But he acts like he is because he wants to sidestep Congress with executive orders from the White House and not get anybody involved in the process.
If I were rich with no morals I would gladly vote for the Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan ticket for president.
The Chicago Cubs are the only team in all of sports that opens and closes their season on the same day.
To other countries that America gives aid to when they need help: We are going to need some aid in the gulf states with Hurricane Isaac. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Stay safe.
To Julia from Hazel Crest: I wondered how long it would take for a Speak Out comment on the militia in the Second Amendment. It was necessary to quote the entire amendment to stress the right of people to keep and bear arms. This is key, having nothing to do with what century we live in or if we have police or other law enforcement agencies. It is unconscionable to sell guns and ammunition to people who are mentally unstable or have a criminal record, but law-abiding citizens must have the right to defend themselves, their families and their property.
LAD from Berwyn
Gov. Pat Quinn sold off the Illinois Lottery to privatization. Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley sold off the parking meters and God knows what else to privatization. Where have all of these billions gone? Chicago and Illinois should not be in any financial trouble with these long-term money streams coming in.
I want to thank the big man selling trees at 151st Street and Harlem Avenue for the friendly informative service when selecting some shade trees. It was service that you can’t find at the big-box stores. You get what you pay for
RC from New Lenox
The definition of pushing your luck or arrogance is when millions of people come to the United States illegally and protest for their rights, and the politicians give them what they want while we foot the bill.
Don from Chicago
What do you think of a man who lives in a nice neighborhood in a $300,000 house, has a $45,000 car and is employed, but cannot purchase grass bags to put his lawn clippings in? Instead, he dumps his garbage in a farmers field two houses down from where he lives with a posted sign stating it is illegal to dump on this property. What do you think of a person like this? Oh, and he won the village’s beautification award. It goes to show you that appearances are not what they seem.
Regarding Chicago Bear Julius Peppers and his donation to a scholarship fund for African-Americans: You are correct that scholarships should not be set up on the basis of race, but there are plenty of scholarships for Polish Americans, Hispanic Americans, Irish Americans, Jewish Americans, etc. There is nothing wrong with donating scholarship money for your own ethnicity.
Peg from Frankfort
Am I the only one confused? Every year we’re told to get rid of all standing water during the summer because all that water is the ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes. They say to get rid of the water and you won’t have them. This year on the news, all I hear is that it’s the perfect situation for mosquitoes because of the drought. They’re saying this is why the West Nile virus is worse than ever. Did I miss something?
Pat from Oak Lawn
Spend a few minutes to read the new and innovative Daily Splash column. It is a combination of thoughts, ideas and viewpoints of Chicagoans and former Windy City residents. The city of broad shoulders does have its problems, but there isn’t a big city that doesn’t. Each of the contributors to the column all agree that Chicago is one toddling town.
Bernadine from Palos Heights