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Speak Out for Nov. 21, 2012

Mayor Dwight Welch Lafayette Gatling congratulate each other after press conference about Country Club Hills Cannery Casino near Country Club

Mayor Dwight Welch and Lafayette Gatling congratulate each other after a press conference about the Country Club Hills Cannery Casino near the Country Club Hills Wellness Center. The Gatling family owns the property. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 22, 2012 6:21AM



Country Club Hills Mayor Dwight Welch and Lafayette Gatling are partnering with Cannery Casino Resorts to open a $250 million casino, but I think this could be a bad bet for the Southland.

Times might be rough but I was recently shown that there are still good people and kindness left in the world and how one nice gesture can brighten your day and make it so much better.

Chicago Heights

Doorbuster deals. Hundreds of people all hoping to get their hands on one. Everyone knows supply is very limited due to consumer (and price) control. Businesses don’t care about employees, customers or your money or time. They count on you, though, and you never let them down. We all have things that matter to us, too, like our bank accounts, and they need us more than we need them. We have control over the only thing they care about: their profits.

The Republicans keep suggesting there was some kind of cover-up regarding the attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya. It makes sense to me that all the facts do not surface until after a thorough investigation. It is pretty hypocritical for the Republicans to make a big deal out of this considering their weapons-of-mass-destruction error.

I always read about the Chicago way. Anybody who thinks that all of these small towns are perfectly honest has their head in the sand. Look around and see what is going on. Even in Orland Park you can see things are on the shady side. People should realize that Illinois quit paying its bills when they voted Gov. Richard Ogilvie out of office. I think Gov. Jim Thompson was the first one to start kicking the can down the road, and every governor since has been afraid to do anything about it.

The Rev. Kenneth Fleck, pastor of St. George Church, expressed his displeasure with Tinley Park’s invitation for their school to participate in the village’s Veterans Day ceremony. He should ask his parishioners how many work, shop and do other unholy things on Sundays. I think his refusal to reasonably adapt to the 21st century are examples of why so many are leaving his church and the Catholic Church in general. To refuse participation in an honorable ceremony instead of asking the schoolchildren’s parents was wrong. By the obvious absence of children from weekend Masses, many children would have been available.

Tinley Park

Wal-Mart employees are considering going on strike because of these goofy Thanksgiving sales. Employees from those stores that want to open on Thanksgiving and early on the Friday after should just not show up. Holidays should be time at home with your families. You want these people to work and give up quality family time? Ask for volunteers and pay them double or triple time, not minimum wages. The one time I went years back, I saw two grown women physically fight over a Power Wheels Jeep. When grown-ups start doing this, they should realize this just isn’t worth it.

Pat from Oak Lawn

My nephew was shocked to see a woman buy five cartons of cigarettes with her Link card. It seems like Link can be used to buy anything and cash can be taken out like an automated teller machine card and used for drugs, alcohol or whatever. I’ve held many grocery store jobs for over 30 years. Hardworking people living on budgets would be surprised at what they’re buying for others with their taxes. Something is wrong when people with cash only have to budget and say no yet the so-called poor can smoke, drink and eat better.

To the Speak Out commenter whose father always said there are only two types of Democrats in the world: I think your father was a bigot and he was wrong. All Democrats are not very poor and dumb. I am middle class and have a master’s degree. You, on the other hand, seem to be biased. This was only one man’s opinion.

It’s really sad that people think they can outrun a Metra train. Stop being in a hurry and obey your signals and these monthly accidents will not occur. I feel bad that the train conductors need to witness these senseless acts, not to mention that all of us riding the trains need to be inconvenienced.

Nicole from New Lenox

Regarding the front-page SouthtownStar article about the threatened lawsuit over Alsip’s cross display on its water tower: No one is taking away anyone’s religious freedom. You are still free to worship where and whatever god you want or to not worship at all if that is your choice. You and your house of worship are still free to place outdoors any decorations you or it want. You still have freedom of speech. One of the principles America was founded on was the separation of church and the government. No governmental body should be in the business of promoting any religion.

Chicago

The snake-oil salesman, President Obama, spoke from his perch in the White House. The media sat there like a bunch of little kids asking softball questions and accepting wild answers from a man who is supposed to be the president of the United States.

About tipping 20 percent to 25 percent: My wife and I stopped going out to eat since I only left a 15 percent tip. We used to go out to dinner twice a week. The average bill with a 15 percent tip was $43. That’s $344 a month saved. We also ate lunch out about twice a week. The average bill with tip was $22. That’s another $176 a month saved. We used to eat breakfast out once a week. The average bill with tip was $19. That’s another $76 a month saved. Our total savings are $596 a month.



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