Speak Out for Nov. 5, 2012
November 4, 2012 5:54PM
Rather than trick or treat for candy, Loaves & Fishes suggests kids take an empty water bottle for spare change. Each bottle holds about $90 worth of dimes. The food pantry can turn that into $900 worth of food for its shelves. | Sun-Times Media file ph
Updated: December 6, 2012 6:12AM
To the houses who did not give candy out: Did you need to put a sign saying, “No candy,” and “We call police.” You were a kid at one time. Shame on you!
We’re Titan parents who want to say congratulations to the Tinley Park High School boys soccer team and their coaches for capturing their first-ever regional title. Your dedication and commitment as a team has paid off. You never gave up and have proven that hard work and dedication does have its rewards. We are all so proud of you and your accomplishment. Way to go, Titans!
What’s with all the Jenny McCarthy bashing? She has long ago outgrown her past. She is a real maverick and hero to those of us with autistic children. Thank you, Jenny, for publishing your own experiences with autism. Some of the things you have done with your son has really helped me with mine. As for the haters, let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Or, as your mother always said, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.
I can’t wait till this election is over. It seems like every other commercial on television is a political attack ad.
Rick from Evergreen Park
Regarding Donna Vickroy’s column on tipping: I always tip between 18 percent and 22 percent. Unfortunately, we don’t go out much anymore since the average price for a sandwich is $10 and over. Here are a few things that really lower my tip. Do not squat by my table or act like you’re my best friend. You’re not. Take my order and give it to the kitchen. When I get my meal, give me five minutes to taste it before asking if everything’s OK. After getting the thumbs up, do not disappear forever.
The Cook County Forest Preserve District purchased 161 acres of farmland. I also saw that they chopped down a ton of trees over on Central Avenue near Flossmoor Road. I wonder how much the forest preserve paid to have all of that stuff done with the land purchase, yet they closed down Oak Forest Hospital. How can we afford to be spending money like that? There are things that didn’t have to be bought and didn’t have to be cut down. It’s a waste of money.
I see that Illinois is trying to tackle the public pension fund problem. Now I see where they need the extra $1 tax increase on cigarettes. I wonder how much money they will need in order to get more money into the pension fund. I know I’m broke.
John from Bridgeport
I think only a low percentage of the population ever uses Amtrak. We should concentrate our federal and state grants on the much higher percentage of people who travel by automobile and airplane. I believe that high-speed rail cars are not made in the United States. A high-speed rail will not produce jobs and is a waste of money.
The Speak Out section is the first section that I read in the SouthtownStar. Over the months many different viewpoints have been expressed here on a myriad of issues. With regard to political issues, Nov. 6 is the chance for all of us to speak out at the polling place where it truly counts. Let’s make no excuses and make voting our first priority on Tuesday.
Bob from Homewood
So now Walgreens is donating gift cards to parents in the Chicago Public Schools system so they will go pick up their children’s report cards. People like to blame the teachers because their kids cannot perform well in school. Let’s place the blame where it belongs — with the parents. A parent should not have to be encouraged by anything to go pick up their kids’ report cards. I wanted to pick up my kid’s report card. I knew what was going on with her life, and now she is a success.
I’m an Eagle Scout and Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow. Trustworthy. Loyal. Helpful. Friendly. Courteous. Kind. Obedient. Cheerful. Thrifty. Brave. Clean. Reverent. These are the attributes the Boy Scouts of America instill in America’s future leaders. There have been bad people in good organizations that use the organizations for their own desires and agendas. Let’s not let a few bad people or a few narrow-minded minorities denigrate the lofty ideals of the BSA. It seems like the media continues to provide negative, one-sided information about an organization that is an integral part of America’s positive fabric.
Al from Frankfort
Some of these soap operas should move to nighttime. Right off the bat I saw one where two men were making out like in the movie “Brokeback Mountain.”
I want to commend the SouthtownStar newspaper for printing information about candidates from Will County who are running for office. Being a Crete Township, Will County resident of Steger I get no information regarding any candidates except the sample ballot from the county clerk’s office. We are just stepchildren of both Crete Township and Will County. Thank you for informing us. Keep up the good work.
To the Speak Out commenter upset about calling people “illegals”: You are right. I believe we should call them by what they really are: “criminals” who have chosen to break and ignore our laws. If they wouldn’t stay and fight for freedom and rights in their own country, why would we want them here? Oh, that’s right. They are just here for the benefits.
To everyone dealing with Hurricane Sandy: Hang in there.