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Speak Out for Nov. 6, 2012

Voters will be casting their ballots ElectiDay throughout SouthlNov. 6.  |  File photo

Voters will be casting their ballots on Election Day throughout the Southland on Nov. 6. | File photo

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Updated: December 7, 2012 6:15AM



Election Day is a day to make your voice heard. Don’t overlook your right to vote. Take advantage of that privilege and make a difference in America.

Everyone is having a tough time financially. I don’t feel for teachers, policemen and firemen who strike. I haven’t had a raise in over five years. If I do a bad job I can be fired. What you do is important, but so is what I do. My taxes go up, I do without. Tons of people lose their homes because they can’t pay their taxes yet you feel it is your right to have a yearly raise. Many of you make more in retirement than while working. I’d fire all of you and hire those that want to work.

Chicago Ridge

Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 has assets exceeding liabilities by nearly $60 million with an unrestricted net surplus of more than $21 million. School District 210 will hold a property tax levy meeting at Lincoln-Way Central High School at 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Once again Will County faces an overspending school board lead by Supt. Lawrence Wyllie. Parents, it’s time to stop this financial abuse of our community. School District 210 needs to close one of these schools for two or three years. Stop raising our taxes.

Edward from Frankfort

If I were an all-good, all-loving and all-powerful God, I would not have unleashed Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast residents of the United States.

Jeff from Orland Hills

The Einsteins who run the United States seem to want to legalize marijuana. Every day in Chicago gang members are killing each other over drugs and drug turfs. Legalizing any drug is totally ridiculous and dangerous. Most kids who start on marijuana graduate to the more powerful drugs like cocaine, heroin and crack. We need more prisons. We need to make more room for the criminals of this country.

Alsip Joe

First the city of Chicago wants to hit us with taxes. Then the state of Illinois wants to hit us with taxes. Now Cook County wants to do the same. Don’t they realize the people don’t have the money?

Regarding Donna Vickroy’s column on tipping: Tips should be based on service, not the amount of the bill. It takes just as much work to serve breakfast as it does dinner, yet breakfast tabs are much less than dinner. So tips on breakfasts tend to be less even though it takes the same work to serve it. So basing tips on the amount of the bill just doesn’t make sense. The price of the food does not make serving it cost more or less, so basing the tip on the service instead of price is much more relevant.

It’s too bad columnist Pat Disabato didn’t take the time to talk to the players or parents involved with the Gravel Baseball travel team when he wrote about it awhile back. I think a few of these players are from the inner-city areas. It seems to me that they are having the time of their lives playing travel ball. They are far away from the gangs and violence that they would normally see. I think I hear some disgruntled high school coaches in the background. This is a great program for the kids fortunate enough to be involved in it.

Palos Hills

I don’t think it is Christianity that the atheists should be worried about. There is a religion that will tell you everything you should do. You will not be allowed to be atheists. You will have to pray many times per day. And if you are gay you will be killed. I think the atheists should lay off Christianity and worry about a religion that is on the rise in America. Take a look at the extreme Islamic countries in this world.

Frankfort cop Donald Walsh is on administrative leave and Frankfort police are asking a judge to order a Mokena woman to testify against him. When will they bring back the old thumb vices to make people talk? I thought there were rights against something like this. If the woman does not want to talk, she doesn’t want to talk. Just because the village of Frankfort could be open to a lawsuit without this woman’s testimony does not mean she should be run over by a bunch of fear from people who think they have authority when they don’t.

The Chicago Teachers Union did not give anything when it came to the strike. The union only took. They did not concede anything. They wanted their demands met but didn’t want to compromise. It’s pure greed. I don’t see any way Chicago Public Schools will ever come out of their $700 million hole.

Oak Lawn

No politician should make more than the average income of the area they represent. Taxpayer-funded pensions should be for military, police and fire departments. Politicians should have the same benefits as U.S. taxpayers including health care and retirement plans. Never cut any of the taxpayers’ needs. America is “for the people by the people,” not for the politician by the politician. Who can afford more taxes from their already overtaxed pay to pay politicians? Is that not why America was started — to get away for overtaxation? When you go vote, try voting for a honest politician. Good luck with that!

Stop blaming the authorities. I have also had enough of murdered kids and the media keeping tally like it’s a weekend sport. Where are the parents? Stop blaming police and teachers.

Jim from Midlothian

Don’t tell me there is no God. Look at the miraculous overnight recovery. Gasoline prices are down. Unemployment is down. Housing is up. These are a miracles. And all of this happened just before the election. I hope we are all smarter than this.

Orland Park



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