Speak Out for Sept. 17, 2012
September 16, 2012 4:20PM
Author Rachel Gilmore (left) and Judy Herder, president of the Frankfort Area Historical Society, talk about the new book about Frankfort that they produced for Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 18, 2012 6:10AM
Congrats to Rachel Gilmore and Judy Herder on publishing “Images of America: Frankfort.” I remember reading Gilmore’s articles in Star Newspapers. It’s nice to see her doing so well.
New York City has banned supersized sodas. What’s next? Government officials have decided how much soda you can drink. It’s all about control. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he called for the ban to reduce obesity and its related health problems. Unless he’s paying for the health care, he should mind his own business. He should make sure health care is affordable for everyone. Maybe he’s looking for big donations from the soda companies. If they throw money his way, maybe he’ll change his mind. I’d buy two medium drinks and suck ’em down with the highest-calorie items from McDonalds.
During the school year, teachers watch kids. In summer, kids are turned loose while parents work or do what they have to do.
President Obama would like us to think he is protecting the middle class. But is he really? The poor still get their public aid, Link cards, Section 8 housing, free medical care, free schooling, subsidized day care and anything else they can apply for. The rich get to keep most of their money by using every loophole available to write off expenses. I’ll let you guess which group is paying for everyone’s tab.
More about interest rates being lowered to try to stimulate the economy: Real estate and investments are the only way to make large amounts on your money. Yes, it can be risky, but if you find a good adviser they can take the hard part out of investing. Even in these tight times I have done very well on returns on my money. You are not going to do that with money sitting in a bank. Do some research and ask friends for recommendations. Try to be smart.
The Republicans are the party of hypocrisy. The same people who created the current economic mess are the most vocal at criticizing President Obama for not cleaning it up fast enough. Do you really want to go back to the same policies that got us here? If we do go back to those policies, then we are looking at a kind of hell America hasn’t seen yet.
I guess I was misled years ago. I was told Social Security was a savings plan for my retirement. I paid into it for 45 years solid. Now I’m being told that it is an entitlement. I didn’t have to pay into it at all. If it was an entitlement, why did they charge me? Maybe I should get all of my money back.
Why is it a problem to show state identification to vote? Every American age 18 or older should have identification to cash a check, get public assistance or identify themselves in an accident.
Melody from Crestwood
As I drove around Hickory Hills on the morning of Sept. 11, I saw that less than 10 percent of the houses were displaying the U.S. flag. What a shame! I guess 9/11 isn’t important anymore.
Bob W. from Hickory Hills
The property tax should be raised to create more funds for the schoolteachers, but the seniors should be exempt from the property tax increase.
I heard that the Muppets are no longer mentioning Chick-fil-A in their programming because of Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s anti-gay statement about same-sex marriage. I wonder if the Muppets will explain what being gay is to the audience since they are being so sanctimonious.
Don from Chicago
To JB from Crete: Very well said! I wholeheartedly agree with everything you said, which ended with “This coming election is about what is truly right vs. what is truly wrong for the United States and our country’s constitutional way of living.” Vote on Nov. 6. It’s important for the United States of America’s future.
Nan from Mokena
Some say Wall Street ran our economy into the ground. The truth is that the unions ran our economy into the ground. An example now is the teachers can go on strike when there is no money to meet their demands. In the realm of American industry, manufacturers could not meet the demands of union workers while cheap imports flooded our nation. Hence, those jobs will not be back. Keep voting for the Democrats, folks. They are sinking our ship into welfare.
How scary that we live in a society where city of Chicago Ald. Matt O’Shea, state Sen. Ed Maloney and Fifth Third Bank special assets group vice president David Garcia can have such a well-respected, hardworking man as Mike Nix, of the Beverly Arts Center (an independent, nonprofit organization), fired after nine years of doing an exemplary job as executive director of keeping a sinking ship afloat. Mr. Nix, I hope you have a tough attorney who is willing to take on the system because if this can happen to you, it can happen to any of us. Good luck.
John from Beverly
According to usdebtclock.org, Illinois has a debt per citizen of more than $10,000. It’s amazing that every other surrounding state is well below that mark. The major difference between Illinois and every other surrounding state is that Illinois has the third-largest city in America. I’d like to know how Illinois would fair without Chicago as a debt burden.
If you are poor or homeless, there you go. Get the goodies before they go to the school Dumpster. Why not give leftover school lunches to the shelters?