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Speak Out for Dec. 28, 2012

The Field Museum Chicago Ill. Tuesday December 18 2012. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media

The Field Museum in Chicago, Ill., on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 29, 2013 6:28AM



A news item stated that the Field Museum could lay off staff due to low revenue. I think the parking fee is expensive and a deterrent to visitors.

I heard of a new great book by Billy Fitz called “Raising Top Notch Daughters.” He and his wife have four daughters. Two are doctors, one is a certified public accountant and one is an attorney. They are all nice, cute and great girls. They got a good education from Mother McAuley High School. I’m a grandmother. I graduated in 1960. My two girls went there. Now my granddaughter is a senior at McAuley. She loves high school. Having four out of five children in Catholic schools, I noticed the difference.

Orland Park

I recently listened to a Republican talk show host. He agreed that unions are important for the middle class. Unions play a critical role in an era when the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Chief executive officer salaries have exploded over the last 25 years yet middle-class citizens continue to comment in the Speak Out section and complain about unions. Folks, I think you are on the wrong side of the argument.

This one is for what I think is our less-than-great postal system: I put a Christmas card to my sister in South Carolina in the post office on the Wednesday before Christmas. Thursday, Friday and Saturday went by. Three full days to go hundreds of miles and it didn’t make it in time. My stamp cost me $1.95. I almost spent $9 for a card and stamp that couldn’t get there in three days. Something is wrong.

I don’t care if we go off the fiscal cliff. At least for a few seconds it will feel like we are flying.

Do you want to talk about profiling men of color? When they commit a crime they are simply called thugs. When crime is committed by others they are classified as being mentally ill.

All of us non-Chicago residents need to be leery of how our school boards are handling superintendents’ raises. I think the responsibility for paying for these huge salaries and perks is going to be shifted to our property taxes. We need to be careful now.

Palos Heights

I have a couple of ideas for Illinois to save some money. One would be to eliminate the forest preserve police. Next, eliminate the Cook County or Will County police. Talk about dead government.

Park Forest

So let’s see if I got this straight. According to the Freedom from Religion Foundation, the cross atop Alsip’s water tower is a violation of someone’s understanding of the separation of church and state. (Read the Constitution. That’s not what it says.) If that’s the case, is it also a violation for Alsip vehicles (cop cars primarily) to idle their time in church parking lots visiting with other Alsip vehicles?

Alsip

I agree with the Speak Out commenter who stated he no longer sees people achieving the American dream and all he sees is socialism. I see something far worse. It’s called corporatism. This form of governing is more like a combination of Fascism and Communism. If you don’t think this form of government exists, check into how large corporations pay lobbyists to help manipulate our Congress to their benefit. Corporations are the downfall of our once-great society. Capitalism and the free enterprise system no longer exist in America.

Regarding crazy drivers: To the older man driving a silver, newer model Honda Dec. 11 about 6 a.m. on 95th Street while reading your newspaper: Are you kidding me? You turned on LaGrange Road going north and proceeded to drive 55 mph while reading your paper. You even had your inside lights on so you could see better. Do you have any idea how many lives you endangered? That has to be the dumbest thing I ever witnessed.

Marylyn from Hickory Hills

Phil Kadner’s recent column about the possible Homewood casino mentions that online retailing is undercutting traditional stores. Because online “stores” are so automated and have fewer workers, and one warehouse can replace many physical stores, they have lower prices. However, this is one major reason we have unemployment and other economic decline in many communities. We are automating and consolidating our jobs away. Do we want full employment and economic growth, or do we want lowest prices? We can’t have both.

Michael from Crestwood

We have all seen those commercials where the lady falls down and gets a Life Alert system. In case of an accident or emergency, she can just push the button and someone calls or comes to check on her. Maybe this is what the teachers need. Maybe they need a Life Alert necklace for emergencies similar to the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

President Obama’s approval rating hit 57 percent. What say you?

As far as I can remember my mother always made sure my brother and I were in bed if it was a school night. She made sure we had breakfast before school and would check if we had homework or not and made sure it was done. If there was a problem we worked it out. Some of these parents now are either too busy on their phone texting and playing games or more concerned with their boyfriend or girlfriend. Then they want to play the blame game when something goes wrong with their child.

Chicago Heights

The Burbank police need to do something about motorists who have straight pipes or loud mufflers on their cars. They are so noisy that they hurt our ears. We have complained continuously.



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