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Speak Out for Oct. 17, 2012

An infant model is used demonstrate private room for premature babies special care unit during an open house for new

An infant model is used to demonstrate a private room for premature babies in the special care unit during an open house for the new West Pavilion at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park. | Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 18, 2012 6:41AM



Congratulations to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park on its new West Pavilion. I liked seeing the private room for premature babies in the special care unit.

I’m 63. I’ve seen a lot and been through a lot, but I still have the pleasure of the company of friends I’ve known since I was 10 years old. We look a lot different now, but the laughs sound just the same as they did so long ago. I grieve for those of us who are gone, but I revere those who remain, every one of them. We’ll continue on till the last one of us leaves, but in the meantime, the laughs will always sound the same.

Some are so quick to point out in Speak Out that they think poor people are taking advantage of our system. How come none of you point out the wealthy who take advantage of our system? Why is it always limited to the poor? Is it because most of you are unaware of the abuse? Maybe you should start doing some research. I guarantee you will end up being more angry about the wealthy abusing our system.

I’d like to know how many of the working people in Chicago get a 4 percent raise every year. Most of us haven’t had a 4 percent raise in ages. We are lucky if we get any raise.

Kathy from Chicago

After reading the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s column chastising Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for not dropping everything while campaigning to intervene for Sensata Technologies, I was confused. Romney is only an investor. This may come as a surprise but we have a president. President Obama promised to create jobs. He is a president who promised to keep these jobs here in the United States. Who has more power than the leader of our country? Why attack Romney, who is only running for the office? Maybe Jackson can vote for Romney and then see if he breaks his promises.

Orland Park

Go ahead and believe that life begins at conception if you wish. You have that right. Or believe that life begins at birth or someplace in between. Others have that right, too. What pro-lifers do not have is the right to impose their beliefs on everyone else.

SC from Oak Lawn

Did anyone see the speed-limit sign on Joe Orr Road? Neither did I. Cut your trees, Chicago Heights.

Now look at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Rob-me. Mitt Romney is now trying to back off from his remarks about the 47 percent. Once again the man has flip-flopped. Everybody knows that the real Romney is the one who was caught on tape when he didn’t know anyone was listening and the phony Romney is the one who is trying to distance himself from his own remarks.

After reading his recent column on the book “John Cappas: Tall Money,” I wondered why Phil Kadner doesn’t interview some of the families — especially the families of the two dead boys from Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community — who lives are ruined because of former drug kingpin John Cappas?

First we had the alleged financial shenanigans of Country Club Hills Mayor Dwight Welch. Now New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann seems to be following the same path. I think both mayors have learned how to work the system and obviously subscribe to the philosophy of “What’s in it for me?” Baldermann receiving more than $129,000 for disability plus another $127,000 as Union School District 81 superintendent and the salary of $18,000 for mayor sounds like a pretty cushy deal. I wonder if Baldermann displays his handicapped parking placard on his golf cart.

I think the greatest moment of the Democratic National Convention was when former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords delivered the Pledge of Alliance. Everyone should look at that and realize something very fundamental in our democracy. That is a woman who survived an assassination attempt and still presents herself.

Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, wife of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., is claiming some of Jackson’s medical bills are not covered by insurance. She needs to reread her insurance policy. Most policies cover mental health. My Blue Cross Blue Shield policy covered five years of weekly visits with a therapist. All I paid was the co-pay for a doctor visit.

State Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez recently said all children, regardless of immigration status, are part of the All Kids health insurance program funded by the state. Now we know why Illinois is in such a difficult financial situation.

My father retired from the trades with a pension and a paid-for home. I’m 45 years old. I left the trades years ago for a steady 40-hour-per-week job with benefits but am making half of what I used to. I lost my home and will quite possibly have little or nothing when I retire. Many of my fellow Generation Xers are in the same boat or are on the way. The American dream to me and many others is dead. The next and all future presidents need to bring that dream back for my son and all of our children.

Ted from Frankfort

Why doesn’t Gov. Pat Quinn go after the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and find out why they are just passing out all of this money instead of going after workers’ compensation money for retirement? Why can’t they go after all of these people who are collecting all of this money for something like a cut in a finger? How do these people get away with this stuff? Look into that.

Burbank

The United States is spending more than $40 million to help Vietnam remove Agent Orange. What a crock! We need that money so much more here.



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