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Speak Out for Sept. 11, 2012

Former President Bill Clintaddresses Democratic National ConventiCharlotte N.C. Wednesday Sept. 5 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Updated: October 12, 2012 6:15AM



They should amend the Constitution so Bill Clinton can serve a third term as president. The country is in crisis. We need the old pro out of retirement.

Rick from Evergreen Park

We have a jewel on Chicago’s South Side named the Beverly Arts Center. I was surprised to read that the BAC was having financial problems. Family members and I have attended many films and concerts there. There are many volunteers who put their heart and soul into making these programs a success. Some sell tickets, others are ushers and others provide refreshments. Let’s do our best to keep the Beverly Arts Center on solid ground.

Bernadine from Palos Heights

Why do people insist on blasting down the aisle in the parking lot and then laying on their horn when someone in a car is backing out and cannot see around the sport utility vehicle next to them? Is it really necessary? Maybe you should slow down, or a quick honk of the horn might do the trick. The minute-long blaze of the horn is really uncalled for.

Why does a commenter feel that a new Chicago police superintendent would deter crime any more than the current superintendent, Garry McCarthy? The only time police deter crime is in the nanosecond they drive by. Then it is business as usual for the criminals. Most of the time police are there after the fact and rarely stop a crime in progress. To top it off, the justice system is a joke. They seem to be an evil necessity.

Willow Springs

Most banks charge a fee for cashing a check for people who don’t have accounts with the bank that handles a customer’s checking account. These customers must maintain a certain balance for free checking. Next time I write a check for graduation, a birthday or a service, I will keep in mind that the recipient may have to pay a $5 or $6 fee for receiving my gift or payment. Maybe we should add that to the gift or service amount. Paying by cash is an option, as is opening a Christmas account at a bank used for cashing checks.

JoAnne from Bridgeview

Now that the Drew Peterson trial is over for Kathleen Savio’s murder, will they reverse the hearsay law so it cannot be used against our elected officials?

Oak Lawn

So some people are tired of all the atheist comments. What about the nonstop religious references we are bombarded with every day? “In God we trust” on money, “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, “God bless you” when someone sneezes, prayers before professional sports games, swearing on the Bible in court. These are countless examples of religion that people mindlessly say and do. There are more comments lately because we are tired of hiding and being misunderstood.

A Speak Out commenter stated that the Republican National Convention was a lot of hot air and not substance. That may be true, but the Democratic National Convention will probably be remembered as smelling like a skunk in your car. And I have no air freshener.

John from Bridgeport

Ron Palillo, who played Arnold Horshack in TV comedy “Welcome Back, Kotter,” recently died at age 63. He had been with his partner, Joseph Gramm, for 41 years. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries were married for 72 days. Evelyn Lozada filed for divorce after 41 days of marriage to former NFL player Chad Johnson (previously known as Chad Ochocinco). It’s been said that 50 percent of first marriages end in divorce. Yes, we must prevent people such as Palillo and his partner from marrying. We can’t allow them or any other gay people to tarnish the sacred institution of marriage.

Jeff from Orland Hills

To the person not happy about school lunches going in the Dumpster: Yes, there is another way. Moms can pack their children’s lunches. Since the overhaul of the school lunch program, more fruits and vegetables must be served. It sounds good, but most of the fruits and veggies are thrown away. Every ounce is measured on the tray according to government regulations. We cannot vary the amounts. We must also have certain color vegetables and fruits and stay within the calorie count. Children must have all components on their trays. Anytime government gets involved, it becomes more wasteful and complicated.

My car has been hit several times by people with no license and no insurance. As long as some politicians do not want to do anything about all the illegal immigrants in the United States, the cities should pay for the damages that illegal immigrants do to others.

Don from Chicago

Instead of working on a special recipe for beer, perhaps a more productive use of President Obama’s time would have been working on a recipe for job creation and a realistic and long-term plan to improve the economy.

Six of us seniors recently went to a neighborhood restaurant that had its usual all-you-can-eat fish. I had a couple of problems with the place. First, the service was very slow. Secondly, they charged us 90 cents for three more little containers of tartar sauce. Thirdly, they charged me an extra dollar for my mixed drink of VO and water because I asked for it in a tall glass. I should have told them to take a good look at my face because it will be the last time that they see it there.

JG from Oak Forest

With all the attention on the presidential candidates, no one seems to be concentrating on the congressional candidates. They pass the laws and control the purse strings.

Bob from Hickory Hills



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