Speak Out for Nov. 7, 2012
November 6, 2012 4:38PM
Lighting candles is one way to remember the dead. | File photo
Updated: December 8, 2012 6:37AM
I’m lighting a candle for Chicago Fire Department Capt. Herbie Johnson and all those we have lost. It’s too many too soon. Rest in peace.
Maybe Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle should think about selling the former Oak Forest Hospital. It may help with her budget. She insists on keeping that old ancient hospital open. They can build affordable housing. They can rent out those housings and the county would be in great shape. I am thankful I live in Will County and not in Cook County. I think she’s spinning around in circles with gambling and taxes on guns and ammunition. She needs to sit down and rethink.
I’m not a fan of the TV show “Jersey Shore” either, but whoever said they wish the “Jersey Shore” cast was on the boardwalk the day that Hurricane Sandy hit is just plain ignorant.
I’m a taxpayer in Evergreen Park who wanted to say kudos to the school board of Evergreen Park School District 124. When more than 40 strikers vote against the approval of the contract, you know the volunteer board did a great job for the taxpayers in Evergreen Park. Thank you.
About tipping: What really annoys me is the tip bowl now appearing on buffets, at ice cream shops and even at coffee shop counters.
Daphne from Richton Park
Despite the devastating storm in the East, gasoline prices came down. It’s funny how that can happen around an election. Any other time, those prices would have shot up faster than we could fill up.
A Speak Out commenter questioned why we nonbelievers focus only on Christianity. No. 1: Christianity is the dominant religion in the United States. No. 2: I’ve never seen a comment from a Buddhist, Hindu, Jew or Muslim. If I do you can be assured I will continue using archeology, history, logic and science to disprove their claims just as any intelligent atheist should.
Wes from Orland Park
I am one of those “Einsteins” who want to legalize marijuana. Why? Prohibition creates criminals. The 1920s taught us that. If we legalize, control and tax the living heck out of it like cigarettes and alcohol, the state of Illinois makes money and we eliminate the illegal element that profits by it. “Just Say No” hasn’t worked. Mandatory sentences should be used for crimes against people like rape, assault, manslaughter, murder, not some kid who has a joint in his pocket. There will always be those who want to escape the world. We can’t eliminate that with laws.
Bonnie from Flossmoor
About our nation: Kudos to David E. Smith on his great Forum letter to the editor. I don’t think the pro-choice people understand what the pro-life people are fighting for. It is a woman’s right to choose what she does with her own body. It is the destroying of the body in her womb that is our concern. The United States has gotten too liberal. People are becoming more irresponsible with little or no morals. We are a society of me, me, me. God help us!
N from Mount Greenwood
Regarding the Oak Forest train station: To the person who was wondering about the lack of development along 159th Street in Oak Forest and the development that was supposed to accompany the new train station: Have you been in a hole since 2008? That development was planned as the worst recession since 1929 hit. It is the recession we are just now coming out of.
Awhile ago Chicago police Tasered Tiffany Rent, a pregnant woman, before arresting her and her boyfriend, Jerry Hobbs, during a dispute with officers in the parking lot of a Walgreens in the Roseland neighborhood. They say there are two sides of every story. The officer was right to give her the ticket and she was wrong to tear it up, but the officer shouldn’t have Tasered her. Of course we’ll never learn how much they fought with the officer to get Tasered.
To the person who said daytime soaps should move to nighttime: I’d like to say, “No thank you.” The nighttime shows are already filled up with the same. I use to watch the TV show “The Good Wife” but not anymore. There are other shows that are promoting the same thing. I wish they would stick with the main story and leave out all the sex.
Private-sector unions like the steel workers, coal miners or the Teamsters have worked and struggled for years to build up the image of the union. But the fact is you can only push a company so far with your demands. You can’t go so far as to put them out of business. But along comes the public-sector unions like the Chicago Teachers Union. They push the taxpayer so far that they are $700 million in debt in Chicago. They keep pushing and pushing. The private-sector union could never do that. If you have no company, you have no union.
I don’t blame the victims of Hurricane Sandy for their frustrations over the slow response of the U.S. government for aid. It’s Hurricane Katrina all over again. Had this happened anywhere other than on American soil response would have been immediate.
Anyone stupid enough to continue to jog, bicycle or surf when the city of Chicago closes the lakefront because of dangerous conditions should be immediately arrested. The heroic men and women of the Chicago Fire and Police departments’ lives should never be put at risk unnecessarily because some idiots feel laws don’t apply to them.
Ritamae from Oak Lawn