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Speak Out for Dec. 5, 2012

Retailers are waiting see if people take out their holiday gifts lists this seasfind themselves having cross off friends relatives

Retailers are waiting to see if people take out their holiday gifts lists this season and find themselves having to cross off friends, relatives and co-workers due to the economy. | AP file photo

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Updated: January 6, 2013 9:54AM



Why bother? I don’t understand why anyone would be concerned with gift shopping. According to the Mayan calendar the world will end on Dec. 21st.

Are policemen and firemen — a unisex word — worth more than others? To a small extent, I think the answer is yes. To each other, I think the answer is most definitely yes. When a comrade falls in the line of duty, they and the friends and family are being honored and thanked for their sacrifice. You risked and gave your life serving and protecting others. The attendees are saying they would gladly have done the same, thank you. Most of them are truly dedicated public servants who work together becoming an extended family. They certainly get my respect and thanks.

D.P. from Crete

I think U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and the Republicans are still up to their tricks. They are now trying to cut benefits for those receiving Social Security and Medicare. They still refuse to see that the rich should take some cuts. So much for their idea of humanity! Yet every day there are comments in the Speak Out slamming the Democrats. The election is over, and the people have spoken.

About the pitfalls of parenthood: Perhaps the Rev. Jesse Jackson can take comfort in knowing that many parents and grandparents share your heartache and disappointment suffered when children and grandchildren get involved with the law and fall from grace. It is a wise old saying that when the adorable little ones are toddlers they walk on your lap, but when they become adults they can walk on your heart. You did your best, Reverend, but your namesake son, Jesse Jackson Jr., must accept responsibility for his own actions. You, sir, stand on your own merits. Peace be with you.

RW from Oak Forest

I thought everyone knew the original Bozo the Clown passed away sometime ago. Bob Bell was great.

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. You know it’s really sad when Mr. Grinch comes out at this holiday season. He not only stole our Frosty the Snowman from our front yard on Dec. 3, but he stole from five other houses in the Crestwood area between the hours of 8 and 9 p.m. The sad thing is, unless the police catch Mr. Grinch in the act, we can’t do anything about it. I wish the Crestwood police good luck in their search. Please catch Mr. Grinch, and hopefully God will give him his heart back.

To the person complaining about the government raising fees: What would you like governments to cut? What services can be eliminated without severe consequences? Fire and police protection? Road and bridge maintenance? Education? Social Security and Medicare? The military budget? Maybe let the unemployed or underemployed fend for themselves, let hospitals turn away the sick and let those who can’t afford medical care die, or give up deductions on your taxes for mortgages, medical bills, etc. Governments have used IOUs so they wouldn’t have to raise taxes to keep giving the public what we want. Where were the complaints then?

Chicago

Regarding taxes: To the merchants of Illinois: please accept my apologies. I simply will no longer be shopping in your stores. No, it is not your goods and services at issue; it is taxes. I absolutely refuse to give these thieves one penny more than I have to.

J.K.

The starting salary for someone in the Orland Fire Protection District is $66,000 compared to $45,000 in Chicago. A study by fire board president Jim Hickey found that 79 firefighters, lieutenants and engineers were paid more than $100,000. This is insane. No wonder Orland Park residents are paying such ridiculously high property taxes.

They have to go. In regards to a Speak Out comment by Dick from Stickney, I agree 100 percent. There was a time when I thought there were a few good politicians. Now I’m not so sure. They are all liars, cheats and more crooked than a dog’s hind leg. They make promises but don’t deliver. We need to get rid of them all. They are a disgrace to our state of Illinois and our country of America.

Chuck from Midlothian

Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds, who I think was a disgrace when he was in office, is now stating he would like his old job back. It’s the job that now disgraceful Jesse Jackson Jr. once had. Please just stay where you have been for all these years, Mr. Reynolds. We don’t need this nonsense.

BJ from Hazel Crest

Awhile ago people led by former Soft Sheen Products owner Ed Gardner picketed a construction site at 92nd Street and Western Avenue because there were no black people working there. They said it was because of racism. So I guess they were saying being qualified is trumped by the color of your skin in getting a job.

Bob from Oak Lawn

I see some of our local politicos are in trouble for not paying taxes due on their campaign funds. Here’s an idea. Why not tax all of it when received, like workers’ paychecks, and then let them spend it as they like? I think this would add much to our U.S. Treasury also.

To Robert E. from Country Club Hills: You and your friends are ready for a peaceful revolution a la John Lennon. So are we, along with our family and friends. We all want to change the world, but what do you want to alter? When we see your answer in Speak Out, then we can discuss and maybe join forces.

MAN and RDN from Bridgeview



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