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Speak Out for Oct. 26, 2012

Judge Greg Mathis set his TV show 'Judge Mathis' which films Chicago.  |  File photo

Judge Greg Mathis on the set of his TV show, "Judge Mathis," which films in Chicago. | File photo

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Updated: November 27, 2012 10:47AM



Who’s your favorite judge on television? For me, it’s Judge Greg Mathis. Plus, we have the added bonus of “Judge Mathis” being taped right here in Chicago.

Our ladies group, the Hancock Girls, meets once a month for breakfast. We meet at different places. On Oct. 9 we met at Niko’s in Oak Lawn. Toward the end of our meeting, our waitress informed us that some gentleman gave her $20 to help pay our bill. That made our day. We passed it on to the waitress who served us. Thank you.

Negative campaigning is a major turnoff. Please stop. If you can’t or won’t say anything positive about yourself, then maybe you shouldn’t say anything at all.

MR from Worth

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel threw former Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Jean-Claude Brizard under the bus and rightfully so because I think Brizard was worthless. But Mr. Brizard will take the fall for Rahm’s failure in the school contract negotiations. Rahm must learn that he is mayor, not the king of Chicago. Both the police and fire departments will teach him a lesson soon.

Bob from Hickory Hills

After watching all three presidential debates, I’m even more confused as to which one in the right choice. Is it Bud Light, Coors Light or Miller Lite?

To former Rich Township High School District 227 employee Bryan Craig: You absolutely have the right to free speech protected by the First Amendment. However, the First Amendment does not protect you from the consequences of what you say or write. You have the freedom to say whatever you want, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be held accountable for the junk that spills from your mouth. I would expect a man of your education to understand that, but you try to get that million bucks. After all, you did lose a couple of nights’ sleep.

Oak Forest

Look up the word “egomaniac” in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of President Obama and Michelle Obama. I think they have appeared on more TV shows than any other president and first lady. They sure like to see their names in the limelight.

A headline read, “Jesse Jackson says son going to Mayo Clinic for checkup.” What that headline about the Rev. Jesse Jackson and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. should actually read is: “Jesse Jackson says son going to Mayo Clinic to hide from the feds.”

Al from Chicago

Illegal immigrants are doing the United States no good. They are not all just coming here to cut the grass. A Kansas case shows an increase in “total identity theft.” They are not just stealing Social Security numbers to get paid. They are now stealing your entire life.

Being honest does not help you. Some of the richest people in the world are political thieves. They will bleed you to death.

One of my favorite restaurants is the Olive Garden in Burbank. We decided to go to the Olive Garden to try to cheer ourselves up after I was laid off. A very lovely person named Katherine came over and spoke with us and really made my day. She was so sympathetic, having gone through this herself years ago. I can’t thank her enough for her help. Keep up the good work!

I think Tim Baldermann is certainly working the system when it comes to disability pay. If he has such back pain, he shouldn’t have to work two jobs as New Lenox mayor and Union School District 81 superintendent. He should be ashamed of himself. I find this disgusting.

Tinley Park

I am so tired of hearing about what the inmates are learning and doing while in prison. Inmates can let it out in song and inmates graduate as barbers. They are in prison on my dime and get room and board free. I have a mortgage and have to buy food and clothes for my family plus pay for these prisoners. This is so wrong. If they are in prison they and their families should be billed for rent, food and whatever else they use. It should not fall on us taxpayers. Let’s get this on the November ballot.

Here is how people on the Link card and welfare get nice things. We pick through people’s garbage for anything of value. We spent our weekends selling our possessions at yard sales or flea markets. We bought used items from secondhand stores. We did out best to look like we were “normal” and not poor because we knew how horrible and cruel people can be to those struggling in life. Instead of putting all of your energy into judging poor people, find a way to help them.

Wake up, people! The people who care about politics are the ones who will gain from politics. It was not meant to be this way.

It’s very nice that Social Security people will get a 1.7 percent increase next year. The problem is that doesn’t even cover the cost of the rise in Medicare and your secondary insurance or all of the increased cost of your groceries or items at stores.

I went to Cafe Gaston in Orland Park by myself for dinner on Sweetest Day. I had recently put my husband to rest after 54 years of marriage. He was a jewel. As I was ready to leave the waitress came over and said the couple next to me had paid for my bill. What a wonderful gesture! They were so kind. It helped to make my day. Bless you. My husband was surely smiling from heaven.

Mrs. P. from Orland Park



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