Speak Out for Jan. 23, 2013
January 22, 2013 7:38PM
Frankfort kicks off its Winter on the Green events with Ice Fest at Breidert Green in downtown Frankfort Sunday, January 13, 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
REALLY? STRANGE BUT TRUE NEWS
BALI, Indonesia — An Indonesian court sentenced a British grandmother to death on Tuesday for smuggling cocaine worth $2.5 million in her suitcase onto the resort island of Bali — even though prosecutors had sought only a 15-year sentence.
Lindsay June Sandiford, 56, wept when judges handed down the sentence and declined to speak to reporters on her way back to prison, covering her face with a floral scarf. She had claimed in court that she was forced into taking the drugs into the country by a gang that was threatening to hurt her children.
Indonesia, like many Asian countries, is very strict on drug crimes, and most of the more than 40 foreigners on its death row were convicted of drug charges.
Sandiford’s lawyer said she would appeal. Appeals take several years.
Updated: February 24, 2013 6:29AM
I’m so glad that the village of Frankfort continues to present Winter on the Green events year after year. They are a great way for the family to enjoy the outdoors and get to know others in the community.
To the honest and caring person at the Andrew High School Variety Show on Jan. 19 who turned in my change purse totally intact: Thank you so very much. I said a prayer for you.
Pat T. from Evergreen Park
Now that illegal immigrants will be given driver’s licenses, there are people who believe illegal immigrants will go out and get auto insurance. These are the same people who believe criminals will turn in their guns after a gun control law is passed. How is the view with your head in the sand?
There is a reason we don’t vote on minority rights. In the 1920s if women’s rights were voted on, they wouldn’t pass because only men voted. In the 1960s if civil rights laws were voted on, they wouldn’t pass due to fear by some white voters. Now some people want to vote on gay rights or same-sex marriage. I think gay people being in the minority would mean the vote would lose. This is the United States. Everyone should be treated equally without being subject to a vote. No one is requiring any church to perform or sanction same-sex marriage.
About President Obama’s inauguration: Call me a dreamer, but this would have been a perfect opportunity for our federal government to do something different. When inaugurating a second-term president, how about a simple swearing-in ceremony without the hoopla? That would be very cost-effective. Call me a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.
MJ from Worth
Regarding the Wrigley Field renovation: Chicago Ald. Tom Tunney better be careful with this deal to renovate Wrigley that the Ricketts family plans to pay for. The Ricketts family can easily take their $300 million and build a brand new ballpark somewhere else and leave Tunney and his rooftop club owners with nothing.
Why do we elect people to make laws and then elect people who pick and choose which laws they will enforce?
TAW from Oak Lawn
I wanted to give a special thanks to Bill Trovato, the public works director, and his staff. They are very helpful to the people living in the city of Burbank.
I think Korie Kellogg, professional basketball player Eddy Curry’s ex-wife, prides herself on beating her son 15 times with a belt. In a few years she will reap what she sows. I think what she did is child abuse. It’s no wonder her son already started being a bully. She taught him to be a bully.
About Johnny’s Char-House in Orland Park closing: A customer received a $175 gift certificate to the restaurant as a Christmas gift. The article also mentioned that Jonathan Mantas owns two Kingsberry Restaurant & Waffle Houses, one in Flossmoor and the other in Oak Forest. Why can’t Mr. Mantas honor the gift certificate, or a portion of it, at Kingsberry? That would be good customer service. I am sure customers would appreciate it. Better yet, why couldn’t there have been a notice about the closing, letting the customers know and giving them some time to redeem the certificates?
Rose from Hazel Crest
Am I excited for the new season of TV show “American Idol”? In one word: no. I think new judge Nicki Minaj is a joke and a disgrace to music.
I am well into my sixth decade on Earth and I am amazed at how low our society has sunk with regard to civility and politeness. Also, the profanity I have heard from very young people in public areas like discount department stores and grocery stores turns my stomach. When was the last time you said, “Thank you,” or “Good morning,” or opened a door for a perfect stranger? Please try it. It makes you feel good especially if the stranger reacts with a smile or a thank-you. Is our society becoming one big reality show?
Bob from Homewood
Chicago is off to a bad start in 2013 regarding violence and homicide. Come on, Chicago. Get it together.
Riley Choate, that subhuman from Gary who kept his poor son in a dog cage until he killed the poor boy, should be given the death penalty, not 80 years in prison. Why should we taxpayers have to board and feed this poor excuse and disgusting human being for 80 years? If you can’t give this guy the death penalty, then there shouldn’t be a death penalty.
In Italy topless protesters ranted against the Catholic Church’s stance against gay marriage. Yeah, that will really change the minds of people like me who only believe in straight marriage. Morons!
I think it’s terrific that these high school children are given recognition for the good work that they do in sports.
The Republican Party needs to just get out of the way for four years so we can get something done. Maybe when they return they will have learned something.
For all those from Speak Out who mentioned to thank a teacher for being able to read this feature: Well, I won’t thank an overpaid, underworked (paid for 12 months of work but only working for 8 1/2 months) teacher. But I will thank my mom for teaching me to read.
Paul from Lockport
I think the Rev. Jesse Jackson should get off his high horse and be a father to the illegitimate child he conceived with Karin Stanford. Dear Jesse, don’t talk about it; be about it.