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Speak Out for Oct. 14, 2012

FILE - In this Aug. 17 1984 file phoactor Roger Moore alias British secret agent James Bond is seen with

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 1984 file photo, actor Roger Moore, alias British secret agent James Bond, is seen with his co-stars Tanya Roberts, and Grace Jones, right, in front of Chateau de Chantilly, on the set of the 007 action film "A View to a Kill," near Paris, France. (AP Photo/Alexis Duclos, File)

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Updated: November 15, 2012 6:32AM



As a longtime fan of the James Bond film franchise and a woman, I’m glad to see how ladies have evolved in the last 50 years from eye candy to much more in these action movies.

I was at Denny’s in Frankfort. I gave a $1-off coupon to two young ladies sitting in a booth. The next thing I know, when I went to pay my tab, they picked up our check, which amounted to $17. I was overwhelmed. I was very impressed. I never got a chance to thank these girls. There are some good people in the world.

John D. from Beecher

I heard President Obama make some comments against Mitt Romney about Big Bird and cutting funding. I’d rather have Big Bird cut than our national defense. I’d rather have Big Bird cut than our space program. I’d rather have Big Bird cut than our nuclear weapons. I think a safer America is better than Big Bird.

John from Bridgeport

Where can I get a sign for my lawn that reads, “Proud nonunion home”? I don’t believe in unions. I think unions are nothing but trouble.

Evergreen Park

So it seemed like gasoline prices were finally starting to come down just a little bit at a time. Then it shot back up all over the place in the blink of an eye. I never heard of gas prices going up for Columbus Day.

With U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. being as ill as he is, does that mean he is receiving sick pay? If he doesn’t make it back, will he go on unemployment? I wonder how much he would get per month.

John from Bridgeport

Iran has every right to defend itself. Its little neighbor Israel is loaded with nuclear weapons and is ready to use them at the drop of a hat. I think with a level playing field there is a much smaller chance of war between these two countries.

Mike

These may be the twilight years for 91-year-old Thomas Jundanian, but he is one proud senior who is full of enthusiasm. His mission is to contact the widows of former World War II prisoners of war. The widows may be entitled to a monthly stipend from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Jundanian was a guest of a show on our local community station. He talked about his project and what his goals were.

Bernadine from Palos Heights

Let those who would proudly proclaim themselves as pro-life stop hiding behind this seemingly innocuous label and just say what you really are. You are anti-choice. You are either for a woman’s right to choose or you are against it.

I agree with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney about not pursuing the 47 percent vote. We all want to help those who have lost their jobs, depleted their savings and are worried about keeping their homes and feeding their families. Unfortunately, there are millions of serial feeders of the economy who have no work or are receiving unnecessary disability payments when in reality they are employable. But when community activists and Democratic politicians keep telling these people that a vote for a Republican is a goodbye to their freebies, trying to convince them otherwise would be a waste of time.

I’ve read about Cornelius Anyere’s allegations of racism pertaining to the Knights of ColumbusFather Perez Council 1444 in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community. In Forum, council grand knight Jack Ullrich defended the Knights of Columbus and talked about all of the good work his organization does. He mentions that he reassured the victim of this experience that it was not representative of the Knights of Columbus. That’s all fine. However, nothing is said about what happened to the perpetrators of this incident. Were they disciplined in any way? Were they kicked out of the organization? If not, why not?

I’m so disgusted to see the Illinois streets go to hell. I travel U.S. 45 three times per week to go to Orland Park. I can’t believe that nobody clears the weeds on the inside barriers and along the side of the roads. I am ashamed to live here.

The gangbangers and drug dealers who are killing innocent people in the inner city are not buying their guns legally. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s bullet and gun tax, which is supposedly to reduce crime and violence, is nothing more than another disguised version of gun control to prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves. It was once said that the power to tax is the power to destroy. Preckwinkle is trying to destroy our Second Amendment rights. Why doesn’t she worry about putting the gangbangers in jail?

A Speak Out commenter stated he would go to a Chicago White Sox game after the fifth inning for a reduced price if they offered it. Mondays were half price to see the whole game all season. Not only that, but they offered $10 tickets all season long. I guess if you don’t have $10 you must really be broke.

When I was a nonunion technician in a state hospital we joked that it took an act of the State Legislature to get the floors cleaned. Housekeeping services had been privatized. If the referendum to alter the Illinois Constitution passes, it will become reality, not a joke. The Tea Party, a proxy for corporate oligarchs, wants to take away collective bargaining rights through the back door. Minimum-wage elimination will be next. The only pension reform that is needed is to force the Legislature to fund the state’s liabilities even if they have to collect taxes from multinational corporations.

Tinley Park



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