Speak Out for Jan. 7, 2013
January 6, 2013 5:46PM
Andrea Denney (right) and her partner, Beth Reich (left), talk about why marriage is important to them on Dec. 28, 2012, in Flossmoor. The two, who will be together 25 years in April 2013, held a civil union in July 2011. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 8, 2013 6:13AM
After reading about Flossmoor couple Beth Reich and Andrea Denney being together for nearly 25 years, I hope they have a chance to marry legally in Illinois. Love is love. Who are we to judge?
I’d like to say, “Thank you,” to the two gentlemen and the lady who helped me in the parking lot at Silver Cross Hospital. My hands were full and it was very windy outside. I dropped my FedEx envelope and the contents spilled all over the parking lot and were blowing around. If it wasn’t for these three individuals my day would have been ruined. Thank you for your help.
Gone are the days when you can go for a walk at night. If you do try to go for a walk at night then it is possible you will not return.
I think the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Illinois Policy Institute and the Chamber of Commerce have lost sight of the fact that Illinois does not exist to maximize profits but to assure that every person is treated with fairness and afforded human dignity.
Never underestimate the greed of the owners of team sports. Also, never underestimate the greed of the players. The players’ union, the agents and the commissioners are all egomaniacs and millionaires. They are all millionaires yet still want more. How much is enough? The fans love hockey. Look at what these money-hungry rats have done to the season.
It is 545 people vs. more than 300 million people. The 545 people include the 100 senators, 435 voting representatives, one president and nine Supreme Court justices who propose the federal budget, vote on appropriations, write the tax codes and set fiscal policy. These 545 people are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for where the United States is today. Why do we, the more-than-300-million people, not hold these people accountable for the mess the nation finds itself in as 2013 begins?
Don from Palos Hills
Chicago’s gutter-style politics have now slithered into the 3rd District of Oak Lawn. An FBI probe into the shenanigans of 3rd District Trustee Robert Streit is forthcoming. I’d like to thank those citizens who voted for him. In particular I’d like to thank Andy Skoundrianos, his lackey for years, and Village Clerk Jane Quinlan who endorsed Streit and played some shenanigans of her own with the voting boundaries.
John from Oak Lawn
It’s over already. Please start taking down the holiday decorations. It should be law that you have until Jan. 5th to remove the eyesores.
Ken from Frankfort
When I was working we had deadlines to meet every day. If we did not meet the deadline then there was consequence to bear. I think our so-called leaders in Congress should also meet deadlines with consequences if the deadlines are not met when handling our economy.
It is a great idea to audit the Red Cross, but don’t stop at them. Audit all the charities. I always give to the Salvation Army, police, fire department and the veterans. But I have been inundated for the last few months with requests to give to five different veterans organizations each week. Which one is the real one? I’d love to know.
Bob from Oak Forest
I think the people who voted for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. need to book a room in the mental health center right next to his. They are just as mentally sick as he is.
I totally agree with the Speak Out commenter about the pajamas in public. I see it day in and day out. These people, who are mostly women and aren’t disabled, have no pride at all in how they look. I remember the days when women went out and they took pride in how they looked. Their hair was done, they wore makeup, they had manners, etc. Times have changed.
Poor people constantly complain about the rich people having all of the money. Well, if you sit around and watch television all day, you’re not going to get anywhere in life.
Mike P. from Chicago
When the weather was warmer, I went to a concert on Frankfort’s village green. It was a really nice and laid-back atmosphere. People were enjoying themselves and they were free to walk around. When you go to a New Lenox event it’s just the opposite. I think it’s like a police state. It’s so controlled. They want to build the police station in the middle of the Commons. Why wouldn’t you put the police station off to the side? Instead, they want to put it right in the middle of town. I will try to avoid it at all costs.
I think 2-month-old Aaliyah Gedminas is dead because her mom is 18 years old, unmarried and with 17-year-old Jon Karlson, who has nothing to offer. I wouldn’t expect him to really care for his girlfriend’s baby. Why should he? This behavior by women is a major problem now. They are having kids illegitimately and then leaving these children with men they barely know. Then we wonder why current kids are such a mess. What goes around, comes around.
I thought I was giving to Children’s Charities till I saw the cashier use the jar to give a customer a lot of change.
Regarding mental illness and freedom: Marge from Crest Hill claims that when tragedy strikes, it is because of someone exercising his free will and making a wrong choice. When someone is mentally ill, where do free will and choice enter in? Doesn’t mental illness make free will and choice irrelevant?
Jeff from Orland Hills