Speak Out for Sept. 6, 2012
September 5, 2012 4:24PM
Ben Bernanke has been the chairman of the Federal Reserve since 2006. | AP file photo
Updated: October 7, 2012 8:01AM
A Speak Out commenter mentioned the paltry interest rate for your savings. You can thank Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and President Obama for that.
If you haven’t seen the Benches on the Avenue in Tinley Park, now would be a good time for a leisurely stroll down Oak Park Avenue. This year’s theme was the Magic of Music. The artists who create these benches do their best to delight all viewers with their creativity. Take your family out for a photo opportunity.
Bernadine from Palos Heights
One of the definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. The Rev. Michael Pfleger should have learned this by now. The gangbangers will always have guns one way or another.
Ted from Frankfort
I’m disgusted over the appliances we purchased the last few years. Our dishwasher doesn’t clean the glasses. It leaves a film even though we changed soaps and rinse aids. After our refrigerator groaned, we called the serviceman and was told that will happen when frozen items are pushed against the freezer’s back vents. The washer had to be serviced within four months of purchase because the brake on the drum of the spin cycle wasn’t working. I’m happy our Amana Radarange has run for 33 years with only four repairs. I dread the day we have to purchase a microwave.
The board of directors from the Beverly Arts Center seem to forget one thing. We the taxpayers bail out banks, but banks do not bail us out. They want the money but they don’t want to give it up.
John from Bridgeport
People are going to Indiana to gamble because they have buses to take these people back and forth for free.
What are the Chicago teachers’ grievances? How long is their work day? How much vacation time do they get? What is the starting salary? What is the average pay of a teacher? How many sick days do they get? These are the main things that concern employees of any union. Any article I have ever read tells me nothing about this kind of stuff.
Bryan Craig, the knucklehead former girls basketball coach at Rich Central High School who wrote the book on being a sexual predator, rightly should be fired. This dope put down in writing what many already know. There is a male element in society that is selfish and evil. This predator created a manifesto that others of his ilk can put into practice. You want to know why there are thousands of young girls having kids out of wedlock? This self-gratifying predator and those like him.
Tom from Evergreen Park
My uncle recently collected his neighbor’s mail while the neighbor was away on vacation for three weeks while collecting unemployment. That was not the first vacation the neighbor’s had this summer, and it won’t be his last since he already asked my uncle to get his mail again. This neighbor’s not looking for work — at least not until his unemployment compensation runs out.
After watching the Republican convention and viewing their platform and conventioneers and now watching the Democrat convention and viewing their platform and conventioneers, I can seriously and honestly state that America cannot live united and needs to be divided.
Remember that freedom of speech goes both ways. If somebody does not want to go to a business or does not want a business like Chick-fil-A in their city, then they have the same right to do or say as the person who defends that business.
Steve from Orland Park
To Tom from Worth: It’s not about making a lot of money. That’s fine. It’s about paying back your fair share in taxes.
Bob from Oak Lawn
With all of this talk about pension reforms, I’m wondering why we haven’t heard more about reforms to our political leaders’ pensions. What happens to all of their little cushy benefits after they are convicted of corruption and land in jail? Do they still get that?
I don’t understand why we’re stuck with only two viable presidential candidates. It’s frustrating to hear people say they’re choosing the lesser of two evils when there are other choices. To be told that voting for someone from an alternate party is throwing away your vote is disheartening. I really wish the media would make it possible for the Libertarians, the Green Party and others to have a chance. If nothing else, it would keep the Democrats and the Republicans on their toes and make them stick to their promises and really do things that matter to the people.
As to no atheists in foxholes, I’ve never been in a foxhole but I’d like to think I would keep my logic and common sense about me and not sink to a base emotional response as suddenly believing in a supreme being.
Republicans keep asking if you are better off than you were four years ago. Isn’t the real question, “Are you better off than you were six years ago under the Republican policies?” The answer to that question is a resounding yes.
Ken from Mokena
People will start to get off their high horses when people learn to stop abusing the system. Why should hardworking people have to pay for free health care and everything else for other people’s kids when there are so many other people who really need help but can’t get it? Also, if you are so offended by people commenting about this, maybe you are one of the many who abuse the system yourself.