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Speak Out for Dec. 26, 2012

John Williams who had been doing radio shows for WGN-AM (720) Chicago WCCO-AM (830) Minneapolis recently bid farewell WGN listeners

John Williams, who had been doing radio shows for WGN-AM (720) in Chicago and WCCO-AM (830) in Minneapolis, recently bid farewell to WGN listeners, as he is now exclusively heard on WCCO-AM. | File photo

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Updated: January 27, 2013 6:23AM



WGN-AM (720) has let John Williams go. He will now be exclusively on Minnesota station WCCO-AM (830) weekdays at 3 p.m. He can still be heard on Internet radios or the computer by using the Web.

My wife and I recently went to a Christmas show presented by the first- and second-graders of Mark Twain Elementary School in the Garfield Ridge community of Chicago. Any group of teachers that can put on a half-hour show with these kids deserve compliments all around. Being the father of four and grandfather of four, I know what I’m talking about. This grinch just wanted to say congratulations to the teachers and all who helped, including the children, for a good job.

Palos Hills

Our politicians are selling the U.S. citizens down the river. We tax our citizens to death and dish out billions to foreign countries and illegal immigrants. Now we want to hurt our seniors’ retirement benefits and take away their medical benefits. Stop this disgraceful behavior.

Alsip Joe

Regarding Bettenhausen Motor Sales’ seemingly sweet deal with the Tinley Park Park District: Doesn’t the storage of vehicles like that violate village building and zoning ordinances? Is the park district exempt and that’s why Bettenhausen doesn’t rent private lots anymore?

Tinley Park

Maybe some farmer in a Peoria suburb would think there is a mystery in why David Koschman got no justice for eight years. Nobody in Chicago does unless they are in some institution. I think Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, the runaway murderer, got the full cloak of protection from former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, the king of cronyism himself, on down to whoever could make it all go away. It didn’t work, though. Involuntary manslaughter? Don’t make me laugh. This was arrogant, princely murder by one of the untouchable’s own.

I purchased a “pay for view” movie from my cable supplier. “Ted” was about an animated teddy bear. To say I wasted $5 is an understatement. This movie, which in premise could have been hilarious, was one of the most vulgar pieces of garbage I ever saw. It promoted drug use, prostitution and perverted behavior with an onslaught of profanity. I’ve seen a lot and heard a lot, but this piece of garbage that is passed off as entertainment is an embarrassment to the “actors” who stooped to grab for the money they were paid to participate in this dreck.

I had hoped we had heard the last of the politicians after the elections but no, the fiscal cliff is coming. Save the middle class. Whether it’s taxes or fees, they have their sights on the middle class. Don’t let either party fool you.

Ken from Crete

It should be obvious to anyone that any criminal or mentally ill person can easily obtain a firearm illegally. The gun control laws are only going to prevent the law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and you do not need to fear the law-abiding citizens. Remember that the police can’t prevent most criminal acts. It can only investigate how it happened after the crime, death or rape has been committed.

Basil

We the people do not owe the pension system. I think the state of Illinois does. The state is spending money that is not theirs.

We need more musical TV Christmas specials like “CMA Country Christmas” hosted by Jennifer Nettles, “Blake Shelton’s Not-So-Family Christmas Special” and “Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays” that have been on recently. It reminds me of the Andy Williams, Perry Como and such specials. TV big shots, let’s have more of these reality shows.

The United States is in desperate need of specialty help and facilities for those children or adults with mental disabilities and disorders. I believe we need to address this issue first and foremost. Gun control is important, but an individual that is disturbed enough will do everything in his or her power to carry out the evil deeds formed in their head. We need to be able to recognize and take care of those individuals and their families that are screaming for help.

Linda from Burbank

I find it very unsettling that the first place U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. recently was found in public by the media was at a bar with women who were not his wife, Sandi. The next thing that happened to him was people being all sympathetic that his disease required more Mayo Clinic treatment. This can only happen in Democratic Crook County.

Brian Urlacher, linebacker for the Chicago Bears football team, is a poster boy for the modern arrogant pro athlete who is smug in his status as an overpaid jock. He denigrated the fans recently in an inarticulate rant after another Bear loss. Well, just where would this oaf be if the fans were not overpaying for the seats of the stadium that he roams? I know where. He’d be washing cars.

I’m Gerri Neylon and I would like to thank SouthtownStar reporter Mike Nolan and photographer Matt Marton for recognizing Christmas Without Cancer. Your excellent coverage on Dec. 16th inspired many Southland readers to donate to Christmas Without Cancer, which enabled us to provide even more assistance to local families affected by cancer. We are all lucky to have the SouthtownStar, a great Southland newspaper that always covers local events in our area and promotes local nonprofit organizations such as ours. Your great work is so appreciated. Thank you and merry Christmas.



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