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Speak Out for Nov. 30, 2012

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Updated: January 1, 2013 6:25AM



I have an idea for a new tax for Cook County. How about taxing toilet paper 1 cent per roll? Everybody uses it. At least I think they do.

Bill from Oak Lawn

Where is the empathy? I’m sure there are a few welfare cheats, but I’m also sure most of the recipients are in desperate need. If you think you can live on the amount they receive, then try it. In the 1950s when we graduated from high school there were thousands of well-paying jobs available. Because greed has taken over and people cannot live on $1 million per year, they have shipped all the jobs to China or Mexico for slave wages. Now college graduates cannot find a job. Most people want work, not welfare.

I read the Speak Out and the Forum sections of the SouthtownStar every day. Reading these sections helps give me an idea how some Americans feel about topics that affect all of us. No matter how educated we become as a nation, it doesn’t seem to be making the United States more intelligent. Reading some of the opinions in these two outlets is proof enough.

We all have free will here on Earth. Sorry, Jeff from Orland Hills, but God does not prevent people from going around lowered railroad gates.

Palos Heights

My friends and I feel it’s time for a peaceful revolution.

Robert E. from Country Club Hills

Times have certainly changed. When I was in the workplace there was this adage: “The boss isn’t always right, but he is always the boss.” If you didn’t like it you quit. Now it seems like the union has everything over management. That’s crazy.

When I was little my mother explained religion to me. She said there is one goal but there are many roads that different people are taking to get to the same place. I never forgot that. We are all finding our own route to get to the place we are all destined to go. I think my mother was a wise lady.

Pat from Chicago Ridge

It’s only common sense that higher taxes will lead to less productivity and a much weaker economy.

Eagle Ridge

Is it only me or does everyone have that warm and fuzzy feeling inside knowing that illegal immigrants may soon be able to obtain a driver’s license and legally drive in Illinois? I can only shake my head in disbelief.

I was very disappointed to read that Tinley Park thought it was necessary to build the Taj Mahal of the Metra system despite so many other issues and problems that need to be addressed. Now, after wasting millions, the village is spending more money on holiday decorations at the stations. As a daily commuter, all I ever wanted and all we ever needed was a raised platform. I think the officials are clearly out of touch and just like the publicity spotlight. Otherwise, the dollars would have been spent to help and benefit all of the community residents.

Joe from Tinley Park

What does it take for Illinois and Chicago to realize that all of the double-dipping politicians and their families are bankrupting Illinois? Every week the newspaper watchdogs uncover more and more of our legislators double-dipping and draining our state dry. It’s no wonder we are billions in debt. Wake up, Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel!

Alsip Joe

And the Academy Award for best acting for a plea deal goes to former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. I think his acting in “Sickness in the Face of Jail” has been astounding.

Forty years ago we would have rode you out of town on a rail. You do not tip over headstones and get away with it. We will find you and prosecute you and possibly as a hate crime if necessary.

Monee

I have read every columnist and guest columnist in the SouthtownStar and understood their point of view perfectly. But there is something about Rich Miller’s writing. Every time I try to read his column I can’t understand what he is talking about by the fourth paragraph. Please look over your syntax and your method of expressing yourself, Rich. You lose me every time.

It’s a sad day when godless atheists prevent a town from putting up a cross. I used to be an atheist but I gave it up because there are no holidays. All I can say to all the atheists out there is: “Bah humbug!” If you don’t like the cross, then don’t look at it.

Pete from Chicago

Smokers and non-smokers have rights. So do people who drive and don’t drive. If I don’t drive, why should I have to smell your vehicle’s exhaust fumes? Maybe drivers should only run their vehicles in closed-up garages.

Hickory Hills

It seems like anybody who criticizes anybody of color is called a racist. It’s starting to become tiresome. When is this going to end?

Are firefighters’ and policemen’s lives worth more than ours? What about the ComEd worker who dies on the job or the truck driver who gets killed or the highway worker who dies? Does everybody else take off or have a parade? These are public servants. They are paid very well for the inconvenience.

President Obama kept telling us to look forward. That’s strange since he has been looking backward for four years to blame the past president for all of America’s problems. I’d rather look at the present. Our present looks pretty messed up because of Obama’s looking forward to spending and blaming those behind him.



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