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Speak Out for Feb. 25, 2013

In this file phoJerry Kowalewski walks his dog Kelly among shadows cast by trees snow ice along walking trail Centennial

In this file photo, Jerry Kowalewski walks his dog Kelly among the shadows cast by trees on snow and ice along the walking trail at Centennial Park in Tinley Park. | File photo

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Updated: March 26, 2013 9:36AM



This is a shout-out to all you people who walk your dogs in inclement weather. They love you for it. And a big “thank you” to all those that pick up the poop.

Driving down Wolf Road and 165th Street, there she is — an angel. She cleans up the debris and garbage that has blown from the neighbors’ bins and fellow passers-by who throw out their windows. She doesn’t get paid for this nor is she asked, but she does it out of respect and kindness for the subdivision. No matter what weather — hot summer days to blistery, windy spring afternoons, our sweet friend will always share a wave as she cleans our streets. On behalf of her neighborhood and mine, I’d like to say, “Thank you.” You are an angel in disguise.

Kingsport

It’s a pleasure to see lying, two-bit thieves get what they deserve. Improper decisions and mistakes? Don’t make me laugh. Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, the latest Illinois political scum, knew exactly what they were doing. They apologized only for getting caught. They can keep their phony apologies. This is what Illinois politics is about — corruption, dirty deals and passing the cost onto working taxpayers. We need to stick them in prison like former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, former Gov. George Ryan, former Cicero Mayor Betty Loren-Maltese and people of their ilk. No probation.

Mike from the Indiana border

Our county commissioners approved Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s $2.9 billion budget that includes a $1 tax on cigarettes, a $25 tax on guns, a $1,000 tax on slot machines and a $200 tax on each video gambling machine. All this does is send our people who smoke, gamble or hunt right over the Illinois border. Wake up! Preckwinkle must be in a coma or she just doesn’t get it. Your plan is doomed from the start.

Alsip Joe

While we are adjusting to the latest downturn in America by preparing for no mail delivered on Saturdays, let us not forget the numerous holidays on Mondays and during the week when mail will not be delivered. Then there are Thanksgiving, Christmas and others where it seems we also need the day off from delivery. Let us really realize that a four-days-per-week mail delivery is heading our way. I’m a senior who is still trying to adjust to the fact that it’s OK to pay more yet get less.

Chicago

To the person who gets their newspaper delivered on her doorstep: You are very lucky. I live in a mobile home park. My deliveryperson sticks his arm out the car window and drops the papers. Sometimes the papers land in the driveway and sometimes they land in the street depending on how far he is from the driveway.

Ric from Worth

More about gay marriages: I know all too well that none of us are perfect. We all have our problems. I don’t consider a gay person a second-class citizen, but when you bring innocent children in the picture, I don’t think that’s right. As for wanting to pay taxes the same as a married couple, there is a category for the lifestyle you live.

Eagle Ridge V

Regarding the papal blessing: Shortly after he announced his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI gave his next-to-last weekly blessing to more than 50,000 people in St. Peter’s Square. Having been blessed by the pope, do these people now have some kind of advantage in life? Do they have a better chance of getting into heaven? Just exactly what is gained by having received a papal blessing? Is it possible that the answer is nothing?

Jeff from Orland Hills

I listened to President Obama’s speech about gun control and have a question. Does he even know what the Second Amendment is there for? If he does, I don’t think it has anything to do with hunters and recreational shooters at all. The U.S. Constitution was amended for people to protect themselves. Maybe someone should put that on one of his teleprompters for him.

Congratulations to four Tinley Park High School alumni for making the dean’s list at the University of Illinois. Jackie McMahon, Kelsey Neylon, Noelle Thompson, and Allison Hirsch. Way to go, girls! We are very proud of you.

Tinley Park

More about the scariest change I’ve seen in my 54 years: America was developed by independent thinkers, not followers. Parents, encourage your child to think for himself or herself. Encourage curiosity and critical thinking. Don’t be a mindless peon. It’s very disturbing how parents have allowed their kids to become mindless clones who can’t think for themselves and who actually think that our politicians put them first.

I’m tired of all of the conversation about illegal immigrants and getting citizenship and driver’s licenses. It’s all about the votes. I think the Democrats would sell their mothers if they thought they could keep their jobs. I believe this is about thousands of possible Democratic votes.

If law enforcement could easily trace the shell casing and projectile back to the buyer of the bullet, the rate of solving murders would be greatly increased. We would have a real deterrent for criminal behavior. Some say the bullet would be unrecognizable. The only thing unrecognizable is the human flesh left by the bullet’s wake. The only thing untraceable is the snuffed-out human life. By using Ammunition Coding System’s micro-laser engraving technology, we could make bullets traceable to the buyer at a low cost. We must remember that our civil society is one of our most precious resources.



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