Speak Out for Oct. 30, 2012
October 29, 2012 3:04PM
Since 1891 when Salvation Army Capt. Joseph McFee put out the first kettle, the Red Kettle program to raise money to help others has grown to include the United States as well as Korea, Japan, Chile and many European countries. | File photo
Updated: December 1, 2012 6:22AM
It’s about that time of year when the Salvation Army’s bell ringers come out asking for donations. Please give.
Mike P. from Chicago
State Rep. Robert Rita emailed about a seminar in Calumet Park. We were to bring our real estate bills to find out how to file a tax appeal. We all like low taxes but compared to other countries, we have just that. I believe in socialism. It is the Christian way of behaving, caring for our neighbor. Theoretically, that is what some of our taxes do, although the state has reneged on its many social programs. On one hand, the Legislature raises our income taxes. On the other, legislators hold seminars on lowering taxes. I think this program was electioneering.
Janice from Crestwood
To the Speak Out commenter who said Chicago is the best hockey and football town in the world: You are way off base.
I see Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin is upset that the Cook County Forest Preserve District purchased 161 acres of farmland. I think this is wonderful. We moved to Orland Park for the open land, beauty and peace. We do not need a 406-unit subdivision and high-tech and office development. We have more than enough vacant houses, offices and stores. The mayor claims we will lose revenue for school districts, the village and the library. What will happen if we do not add 406 more families? This farmland purchase is good news.
Ruth from Old Orland
I was listening to “The Score,” a sports talk radio show, the other morning. The word “politics” came up. A guest went on to say this word is derived from a Latin word, with “poli” meaning many and “tics” meaning bloodsuckers. What a perfect description!
Lack of respect for the United States, though naively simplistic, is not the reason Muslim extremists protest and riot. I think these riots occur in poor countries where these people are guided into rioting by their own religious leaders, who also control most of their governments. Why? To deflect attention from their own governments’ failure to bring peace and prosperity to these countries. It’s very easy to deflect the attention of the uneducated away from the real source of their problems. Perhaps if the United States really did apologize these people would look elsewhere for the source of their problems.
I am one of the people who is antiabortion, but I will not and do not believe in imposing my will on anyone else. I think it should be up to everyone else to make that choice. I’m tired of all these pro-lifers pushing their will down everyone else’s throat. We have enough rules and laws. We don’t need any more government.
Former NBA great Isiah Thomas and Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah recently got together with the Rev. Michael Pfleger for a basketball tournament to help unite the community and help stop the violence. Why did they need security from the Nation of Islam? Even with these high-profile figures, a threat exists. You’re not going to fix something that does not want to be fixed.
Ted from Frankfort
A Speak Out commenter referred to the election like a transmission. D, which stands for Democrat, is damaged. R, which stands for Republican, is rebuilt. I’d rather have a rebuilt transmission than a damaged one.
The deans and principals in Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 are fully aware of what is going on with bullying. They have helped so many children and even helped the bullies to straighten up. They should be applauded.
Mary from Oak Lawn
After the first presidential debate the unemployment rate went down. After the second debate the gasoline prices went down. After the election everything will probably go up by double.
I just read about the clout exchange. Do Secretary of State Jesse White and Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios really think the public is that dumb that they don’t understand what just went on with the hirings of Berrios’ nephew George Erasmo Berrios Jr. and longtime White chief of staff Thomas Benigno’s son Anthony? They must really think we are stupid. Can’t the watchdogs do something about this?
Cheryl Burton is good and was always my top pick for the “Windy City Live” co-host spot. However, after further review I believe Lauren Jiggetts from WMAQ-TV (Channel 5) would be perfect on that show.
Rick from Evergreen Park
What was discriminatory about the 1995 entrance exam for Chicago firefighters? I see absolutely no reason to pay nearly $80 million of taxpayer money to people who didn’t score well on an exam. What is the name of the judge who ruled in this case so I know not to vote for him?
Ben from Park Forest
I’m so happy for Oak Forest High School, the football team and especially for coach Brian McDonough. The night before our daughter was to go into the hospital for chemotherapy he spent hours at our kitchen table telling her what to expect and how to deal with it. His advice was as important as any medical advice she would get. During homecoming he sent football players to the hospital to give her a game ball. All of this was from a teacher, so please remember that when you read a teacher-bashing comment here. Thanks, Coach, and good luck, OFHS football.