Speak Out for Dec. 11, 2012
December 10, 2012 6:32PM
FILE - In this March 16, 2011, file photo, exhaust rises from smokestacks in front of piles of coal at NRG Energy's W.A. Parish Electric Generating Station in Thompsons, Texas. Everyone wants clean air and water. But people also want to drive their cars whenever they wish and light up a room by flipping a switch. It's a never-ending balancing act for government as it tries to protect health and the environment while promoting economic growth and jobs. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
Updated: January 12, 2013 6:14AM
Environmentalists are always striving for clean air. When or if they ever get it, I guarantee politicians will tax it.
Bob from Oak Forest
Gluttony is defined as overindulgence of food or drink. Commenting on Jenny’s Steak House & Pub’s prime rib eating contest in Chicago Ridge, do you realize how many people would have had a rare treat of a steak, salad and soup? OK, so $69.95 each was going to charity, but what charity? This amount spread among many people would hardly make a difference. Wouldn’t it be better to invite some families who probably have never been inside a steak house and give them the steak dinners and give away half-price meals for life to people who could really appreciate it?
I don’t have much sympathy for striking teachers. When I was in grade school during the 1930s we had one teacher. She taught the required subjects plus art and music. School was from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. with an hour lunch and outside recess in the morning and afternoon. There were 48 desks plus an additional four to six students at a table in front. We went to the school in our district and walked there. Our teachers never went on strike. We learned and became the greatest generation. Now teachers want classes half that size and an assistant.
Art from Tinley Park
I just read U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s letter of resignation sent to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. What a joke this document is! Out of seven paragraphs, only in one does he make some kind of halfhearted apology and takes some responsibility for what he has done. He still phrases it with all kinds of defensive things like he is only human and so forth. In the other six paragraphs the man goes on and on about all of his many accomplishments. This boy is a born politician. It’s too bad he got caught.
I can’t believe West Point allowed a gay marriage to be performed in its regal chapel. Gay couples can be married anywhere in the world. West Point is a historic military academy. It should not be used for gay marriages. Let’s get real. Let’s put certain things in their proper perspectives. Our military institutions should not be used to sanctify any type of gay civil ceremonies. Stop the same-sex ceremonies at our military schools and institutions.
Week after week people comment about their anger toward people collecting food stamps. You think if you are on food stamps you should not own a cellular phone, vehicle or decent clothes. I get it. You think if you are poor, you better look poor. However, none of you mention the reason why so many working people are on food stamps. It’s because many retailers, fast-food restaurants and other big businesses pay ridiculously low wages even though they are making billions in profits. We subsidize their salaries yet not one of you complain about that.
It is truly amazing how we have gone from campaigning on a “balanced approach” to just raising taxes, more spending and no cuts in spending whatsoever. I hope everyone who voted for higher taxes enjoys themselves. We deserve exactly what the people have spoken for. By the way, Merry Christmas to all.
If the Chicago Bears don’t make the playoffs, the McCheapskies aka the McCaskey family will dismantle the whole team starting with head coach Lovie Smith.
Rick from Evergreen Park
President Obama is doing a flip-flop. I think that during the presidential debates President Obama ridiculed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s ideas. Yet President Obama met with Mitt Romney to discuss Romney’s ideas over lunch. Apparently Romney does have good ideas for moving the United States forward or our busy president would not even bother to meet with Romney. Do you suppose that President Obama wants to claim credit for and implement Romney’s good ideas?
I didn’t know mail ran on Sundays for the holidays. I thought just the post office was open. Thank you for my package, carrier.
Regarding taxation without representation: U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush was somehow gerrymandered to be my so-called representative. The funny thing, though, is he will not respond to any emails I have sent to him at his official U.S. representative address. Perhaps he has an agenda all his own and doesn’t care about all of his constituents, but only a certain few in certain areas of his district.
On the subject of savings: So the city of Chicago is shopping around for lower electricity rates. Once that is in place they can lower the tax rate that applies to my bill. This being the shopping season, I hope they start shopping around for lower taxes. While they are in the saving mood, how about channeling all of the hot air that comes out of city hall to heat our homes this winter?
About new rock radio: There is a station called Q87.7 that is pretty good. WKQX-FM (87.7) plays rock and alternative music from like the 1990s to the present.
To Grace from Mount Greenwood about her comment that all policemen and firemen risk their lives on a daily basis: If these policemen and firemen’s neighbors didn’t work and pay their very good salaries and benefits, they would have no job except a volunteer one. Maybe we should go back to all-volunteer policemen and firemen and then see who shows up for work. I am sick of this class system people try to put on others in America. Everyone who works pays their taxes and does not break the law.