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Speak Out for Dec. 12, 2012

Ukrainian Easter eggs often feature elaborate artistic designs.  |  File photo

Ukrainian Easter eggs often feature elaborate artistic designs. | File photo

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Updated: January 13, 2013 11:08AM



Regarding getting old and memory loss: Another advantage of having memory loss is you can hide your own Easter eggs.

Thank you, Donna Vickroy, for the article about Sylvester Anderson. Mr. Anderson’s story was touching. I’ve already ordered a copy of his book, “Life Through Celestial Lenses.” I look forward to reading his poetry.

There’ve been scads of expensive toy advertisements on television. All I see are electronic gadgets that create eyestrain for children. There are no Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, building blocks, dolls, buggies or toys to help a child’s imagination or physical dexterity. We complain about violence on our streets, yet there it is on a small flat screen at the command of a button. We complain about obesity yet we let our children sit for hours, getting fat while imaginary characters exercise on this same screen. I guess I’m a little behind the times, but I can still throw a ball.

Palos Hills

You gotta love politicians. He has been anti-concealed carry and antigun but state Sen. Donne Trotter gets arrested for trying to enter an airplane with a concealed weapon. He will fit in well following former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds and former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in the 2nd Congressional District. The sheep would vote for someone with those morals.

Ken from Crete

President Obama kept saying everyone must pay their fair share. If this happens, there will no longer be a middle class as we know it. In fact, the American dream is on life support right now.

Eagle Ridge

Someone suggested the person who commented about oil subsidies was abusing the Link card system. Please tell me you are not serious. We are dishing out millions in corporate welfare to companies such as the oil companies that bring in billion-dollar profits. So you would rather give more money to the filthy rich oil companies than a hungry family? To balance our budget, our politicians should be eliminating subsidies for wealthy companies instead of cutting Medicare. Arrggh! The middle class is their own worst enemy.

I am continually amazed at how people think teachers deserve less respect than other professions. When workers go on strike it is because negotiations have failed. If the workers do not go on strike, management has no incentive to negotiate further. Teachers are workers, professionals to be sure, but workers nonetheless. When negotiations with the school board have broken down, teachers have every right to go on strike for the very same reason: The school board would have no incentive to negotiate. I hope the person who started their comment with “Teachers should be ashamed ...” looks in the mirror.

I thought mail carriers wore uniforms. I saw a mailman with grubby-looking jeans, and his pants were almost to his knees. Really?

Now that it seems like the Cook County Democrats are giving away driver’s licenses, cellular phones and Link cards to illegal immigrants, I was wondering if you can give them some spray paint so they can get all of the garage doors that they missed in my neighborhood.

Tom from Burbank

Don’t worry. The coyotes are not going to harm you. You can carry a big stick. But beware because there are also rabbits, birds, squirrels and raccoons.

Diana from Tinley Park

I totally agree with one of the recent comments regarding the demise of the radio station WGN-AM (720). Midday host John Williams is the last of the quality people on WGN. I no longer turn to 720. Jonathon Brandmeier has torn WGN’s reputation apart.

Jim from West Beverly

The epitome of rudeness and selfishness is to talk on your cellular phone in the hospital surgical waiting room. This particular man talked in a loud voice about unimportant material. People in the room were anxious and tense and certainly didn’t want to listen to his drivel. He should have been considerate and left the room.

Adele

To Alsip Joe: Why were you so snarky regarding same-sex marriage at West Point? I always look forward to your comments, as they are always on track. You, above all, should know that, as Bob Dylan would sing, “The Times They Are a-Changin.’ ” Stay cool, my friend.

KK from Chicago Ridge

Regarding Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, who’s been charged with the involuntary manslaughter of David Koschman: Often in high-profile cases a change in venue is given so an accused person can receive a fair trial. Now, more than ever, a change in venue should be given so a victim can receive a fair trial.

J.K.

Are firefighters’ and policemen’s lives worth more than ours? Firefighters and policemen put their lives on the line for us every day. ComEd workers, truck drivers and highway workers don’t. ComEd and highway workers get paid very well and so do most truck drivers. By the way, it’s called a funeral procession not a parade. So when one of your loved ones passes away, don’t your family, friends and their co-workers go to the wakes or funerals?

J from Orland Park

I was pleasantly surprised to see decorations at Target that said, “Merry Christmas!” I will be sure to spend my shopping dollars at a store that is not afraid to acknowledge the holiday that we celebrate on Dec. 25th. All our holidays, secular or religious, are wonderful reasons to celebrate what makes America great.

Lynda from Homewood



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