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Speak Out for Oct. 22, 2012

In this 2010 file phoBruce Andrews (second from left) his sons Ryan (from left) Matt Travis show variety food items

In this 2010 file photo, Bruce Andrews (second from left) and his sons Ryan (from left), Matt, and Travis show a variety of food items from Hawgs-n-Dogs. | File photo

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Updated: November 23, 2012 6:11AM



The Hawgs-n-Dogs staff would like to commend the SouthtownStar and Susan DeMar Lafferty for keeping the U.S. 30 construction situation known to the public. We appreciate all you are doing.

My husband was hit by a car. The person who hit him never even made an effort to see if he was OK. A bunch of people came out to help him. A lady who was jogging and two other people stopped their cars and stayed with him until the paramedics came. We are very thankful to them.

The father of Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was murdered in a terrorist attack, said to keep Stevens’ death out of politics. I am sorry to say, sir, but that cannot be done. It is too big of a foreign-policy gaffe to be ignored. It showed a total lack of leadership by many including our commander in chief, President Obama.

Don from Palos Hills

Crime involving 14- or 15-year-old boys is the parents’ responsibility. The schools are not going to solve anything. If you don’t straighten your kid out from day one, then the schools can’t do anything. Take control of your own kid and quit blaming everyone else for the problems in society. It goes back to the parents, or lack thereof.

I just read the story about Oak Lawn paying $10,000 to a Bruce Springsteen tribute band. I just hope and pray these trustees are working for Oak Lawn and they are going to stay true to the people. I hope they are not trying to play big shot as so many politicians or people in office try to do. They often try to give a lot of things to their people.

The choice in this presidential election couldn’t be simpler. Think of the transmission in your car. D, which stands for Democrat, is drive. R, which stands for Republican, is reverse. Do you want to go forward or do you want to put it in reverse?

The Link card patrol is so busy watching what people wear, the food they buy and the car they drive off in while white-collar crime is going up. Every day you can read in the newspaper about white-collar crime stories like Gregory Gill, who used to work in the Cook County clerk’s office in Bridgeview, charged with corruption or a doctor collecting more than $40,000 while working in a private hospital.

Country Club Hills Mayor Dwight Welch has done it again. He hired a fire chief, Roger Agpawa, who is a convicted felon. He already hired a police chief, Regina Evans, who is now indicted on felonies. Is the reason Welch hires these people because they are going to be yes-men because they are lucky to even have a job? Why do all these people in Country Club Hills have to suffer through the leadership of alleged felons. Please stand up to Mayor Welch. Can we impeach him? Where are all of the good people who work in Country Club Hills?

We hear plenty in the news about the atrocities being committed in Syria by the government there. But I think the situation is just as bad, if not worse, in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Why don’t we criticize those two countries? Could it be because they are economic and military allies of the United States? Is it that this country has no problem criticizing its enemies for the same acts that are being committed by our allies? Unfortunately, we see no hypocrisy in doing this.

Why are all these residents from Wisconsin and Indiana working in Illinois and taking our jobs? Are they paying state tax for working here in Illinois?

Fred from Tinley Park

The ink wasn’t even dry on the new video gambling law and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was already jumping on it and trying to put an $800 tax on each machine.

Communicate with your health provider if you need mental health care. If insurance doesn’t pay for your care, there are also places with sliding-scale fees where you can get the help you need. You don’t have to go without the care you need based on your income.

To say someone is pro-life is not saying they are antichoice. Except for cases of rape or incest, most women have the choice of having unprotected sex or using some form of protection or birth control.

You cannot compare the money made by teachers with the money made by professional athletes. Athletes generate money by people paying to see them. Teachers, on the other hand, are public servants. They are paid by the public. The public is not doing well. The teacher with the master’s degree should realize you can’t get blood from a turnip.

If a farmer lets you hike in his fields and tells you not to step in any of the round things, is it better to heed his advice or to look for the truth yourself?

I read columnist Phil Kadner’s tribute to Marv Schletz. I thought it was a wonderful tribute to the man. It’s really important for people to give credit to those who stand out and do a wonderful job. You have to give credit where credit is due. For somebody to work somewhere for 48 years and do so much for everybody, as Kadner said Schletz did, it’s very nice.

It is sad that some people use Speak Out as a pulpit to preach messages of despise, criticism and what I think are slurs against the Christian religions. It’s just a simple message called freedom to pick what we want to believe, which include your choice not to believe. You might want to use your mental power and direct your anger in another way so it doesn’t look like you hate Christians.

Al from Oak Forest



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