Speak Out for Dec. 25, 2012
December 24, 2012 2:44PM
Pam Bloom shows a George Washington beer can ornament she made and puts on her tree while at her home in Frankfort, IL, on Thursday, November 15, 2012. She decorates her tree in his honor every year. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 26, 2013 6:20AM
There are so many ways to decorate for Christmas. It was fun to find out what goes into Pam Bloom’s George Washington-themed tree in Frankfort. Talk about creative!
I sure hope the person who said we should go over the fiscal cliff and see what happens realizes that one thing that happens is that taxes go up — for everyone. Your first paycheck or pension check will be a little lighter. Maybe if you make over $250,000 you won’t really notice it, but I know I will.
To the people with 48 kids in the classroom: The teachers back then had all English-speaking students, and most students were from two-parent families. The state of Illinois didn’t force ridiculous test standards on them, and they were actually allowed to teach. They could fail a student when they deserved it. It’s different now. Now, many students don’t have support at home or don’t have English as their primary language. You can’t fail a student anymore. It would hurt their self-esteem. Now you know just a few reasons why teachers complain. I wouldn’t teach for any amount of money.
I’m tired of folks complaining that policemen and firemen are overpaid and underworked. They are specially trained workers who put their lives on the line. Who do you call when you have a fire, illness or robbery? You call 911. You call police, firemen or paramedics. They help your lives by the grace of God.
Let us go over the cliff. Spending is our problem. Why can’t government understand that you can’t spend more than you take in? I forgot that they can keep raising taxes to get more money. People that say we need to spend more on everything are living in a dream world. Some things would be nice to do, but we just can’t afford them, like universal health care, college for everyone, welfare for all, unemployment forever, etc. Yep, the end of this great nation of the United States is close. Pretty soon there won’t be enough working people to tax.
Every day I read about all the complaints commenters have with the problems with pensions and elected officials in Illinois. The only way to get Illinois back to a possible prosperity is to completely disassociate Chicago and Cook County from the rest of the state. They have too much power. It’s the tail wagging the dog.
Bob from Oak Forest
I’m sure that every school in America has one or two former military personnel working there as teachers. They have been trained with firearms and know how to shoot. I think it’s time that they be armed. The police cannot be everywhere and they cannot respond fast enough.
I’m crabby and I fear that with four more years of comrade President Obama, America will face a revolution that will make the Civil War look like a minor skirmish. The sheep will be standing with their arms outstretched saying, “Hail, comrade Obama. Take from those who work for a living and give me my free stuff.” God bless America while I’m still able to say that without offending anyone.
Bill from Burbank
After a recent loss a sports announcer suggested that the Chicago Bears lost because they didn’t show intensity or will. I don’t see why they should. Just look at their head coach, Lovie Smith. The only thing that is wrong with him is he shows no emotion, expression or coaching. He shows nothing.
John from Bridgeport
It was interesting to read Phil Kadner’s column about Democrats dominating the Southland. He pointed out that there are no more Republicans left in the suburbs because Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan redrew the district maps that went from Lake Michigan to New Lenox. He eliminated any Republican’s chance of ever getting elected. This should be illegal, but I think Madigan stacked the Supreme Court so nothing will be done. It seems like black people and women just lined up to vote for Democrats because they think they are going to get free stuff.
As usual, the first excuse to blame for the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy is guns, not the mentally ill individual who caused harm. If he didn’t have guns then maybe he would use poison gas or a bomb. People are building bombs all over the world all the time. There are other ways to cause mass destruction if somebody wants to do it. Unfortunately, the shooter’s mother had guns handy. Unfortunately, it seems the mother refused to admit that her son was mentally unbalanced. So let’s lay the blame on the mentally unbalanced and violent people committing these crimes.
Those shrines ought to say, “Slow down. What is the rush?”
Regarding garbage: I know I’m being picky, but is it possible for the trash pickup services to have someone follow their garbage and recycle trucks? After those trucks drive down streets, the stuff inside is blowing out of them and littering our roads. Either that or have a mesh covering that covers the garbage or recycled items.
About Christmas decorations: A Speak Out contributor complained about people who decorate their lawns with cartoon characters instead of Nativity sets. See, it isn’t enough for some people that you celebrate their holiday. They want to tell you how to decorate for it, too. It’s part of their desire to tell everyone else how to live. They should mind their own business.
SC from Oak Lawn
Why can’t TV weather forecasters admit when they were wrong? All week long they said we would get 6 inches to 10 inches of snow. Instead, we got a dusting. Then they wonder why we make fun of them.