Speak Out for Dec. 23, 2012
December 21, 2012 3:58PM
A memorial for Jackie Rudd can be seen at the southeast corner of Cedar Road and 167th Street Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Homer Glen. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 24, 2013 6:34AM
My heart goes out to Homer Glen teen Jackie Rudd’s family and friends on her death in a car accident. It’s been such a tough time for the Lockport Township High School community.
It must be my lucky day. I just found five months of checking account interest laying on the pavement. After all, it isn’t that often that you find a nickel.
Jason from Burbank
Violence for fun and entertainment is part of America’s culture. America can expect more school shootings. Most of the shooters are not even mentally ill. They are just having fun slaughtering our children. Shooters are dressed all in black just like in the movies. Stop violent movies, television and video games if you really want this to stop. But nothing will change and the slaughter will continue.
Diana from Orland Park
I see that Illinois’ credit outlook has been reduced due to the shortfall in the pension fund. This is ridiculous. The working people paid their portion of their pension. It was deducted from their paychecks before they ever got them. It’s our politicians who either didn’t put the money in or used it for some other purpose. I think there is a very simple solution to this. We should garnish 100 percent of the wages and benefits of every politician in Illinois until this shortfall is made up.
Roy from Tinley Park
A Speak Out commenter stated that policemen and firemen are overpaid and not heroes. Next time someone is trying to break into your house, maybe you should call a barista to help you. Maybe if your house in on fire then the car salesman will save your family. Some people should think before they comment.
The Arlington Heights Park District had an individual pull a permit so they can put a Nativity scene on public park property. What are you waiting for, Alsip? Have an individual in town pull a permit to hang that cross back up on that water tower. Maybe the United States needs a little more religion. We don’t need people fighting with us about religious displays.
Our purpose on this planet is not to worship God but to create him.
I’m sending this message on Dec. 21 aka end-of-the-world day. Funny, we are still here. Have a safe end-of-the-world day.
Do you honestly believe the people who voted for U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush care about what he has done for them? All you have to do is look at how they voted for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and state Rep. Derrick Smith. It’s a very sad day for all of us when this is all we have to put our hope into. I guess we get what we vote for.
Tom from Crete
I think charter schools are an attempt for the politicians to pocket more money. Everything they do is about stealing your money and putting it in their pockets. There is no need for a charter school. They are the same teachers but they get less benefits. Wake up!
Our youth are being desensitized to violence. The games are rated M for mature, but there are kids out there who are playing who are very young and involved in conversations that are unbecoming. Years of exposure to this will definitely have a negative reaction for some. Where do we cast the blame for violence? Possibly the video games, parents who do not monitor their kids’ actions while playing these games or parents letting their kids play these games at an early age. No, the bulk of the blame will be on guns. Guns don’t kill people.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a president who cared about all working people, not just government and union employees?
Here is a suggestion. Take the money that you want to use to make everything green and put it into the schools to make them safer and put more police officers on the streets. I think that would be better use of money than trying to make gardens. Let’s use our heads a little bit. We just got done seeing all of these children getting killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Put more money into securing schools and put more police officers on the street.
You are really scraping the bottom of the barrel when you want to fine people for feeding pigeons. Don’t these Chicago aldermen have anything else to do? Why don’t they stand up for people losing their jobs instead of worrying about feeding pigeons? This is ridiculous. Why do we need so many aldermen anyway? I think it’s time for us to put on the books that they should be only two-term officials. These people are completely out of hand.
Bill Daley said he is seriously considering a run for governor of Illinois in 2014. I will be the first to remind voters that Daley was the point man behind the North American Free Trade Agreement that put so many Americans in the unemployment line.
Bob from Hickory Hills
I find the ritual of creating temporary shrines, monuments and such at the scene of a death odd. Admittedly, the intentions are respectable, but perhaps the investment in time and expense could be better directed toward something more substantive, something like a charitable contribution, a letter to a congressman, a peaceful demonstration. I’m just not sure what constructive value these impromptu shrines provide.
Fran from Lemont complimented the SouthtownStar for the beautiful story about Henry Dobrovits. I would like to extend that compliment to Donna Vickroy for writing the article. She had me in tears. I think she is a very talented writer. Thank you, Donna
JB from Mount Greenwood