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Speak Out for March 1, 2013

This 2008 flie phoshows holding cell processing areCook County Jail.  |  File photo

This 2008 flie photo shows a holding cell in the processing area of the Cook County Jail. | File photo

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Updated: April 2, 2013 6:25AM



I believe that increasing mandatory sentencing only ties the judges’ hands. I think there has to be some flexibility in sentencing.

Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks. They broke the all-time NHL record for best start of the season without a regulation loss and, as of making this comment, it’s still counting. Each team in history that has started a season so well has won the Stanley Cup. An early congratulations goes to the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Why not join the Association of Mature American Citizens instead of the American Association of Retired Persons? I think AMAC is a patriotic group totally committed to protecting the rights of the age-50-and-older population.

We need more information about high school academic achievements rather than sports. There are mathletes, the National Honor Society, service-hour activities and clubs. The kids involved are usually the brains of the group.

Orland Park

I just read about the melee that happened at Ford City Mall on Feb. 23. They probably did it because the group that was performing was called Mindless Behavior. They probably wanted to represent that phrase literally. Ford City is bad enough. We don’t need gangbangers and troublemakers coming to Ford City. They probably figured that they would commit some mindless behavior and show everybody what they can do. Things are crazy.

Pat from Chicago Ridge

A Speak Out commenter asked what is to be gained from a papal blessing. What does it matter to you what other people do or believe in?

Tom from Oak Forest

Let’s get away from prisons and put these people in strict boot camps. They will be begging and crying to get out. Give them a lot of community service. If they want to eat then they have to work.

I think the driver’s licenses-for-illegal immigrants law was put together by the same stupid politicians who formed Obamacare. No one knows what the real rules of the new law are. I think it was just voted in to get the illegal immigrant vote. It will take many months to start this program and many new jobs for the state of Illinois, which is broken. U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said we don’t know what the rules are, but we will find out after we pass the law. What a mess!

Chicago Heights

Why are we delaying sending the Jacksons to prison? Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. embezzled more than $750,000 for his own gain. His wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, is a tax cheat. If we, the middle class, don’t pay our taxes, a letter comes from the Internal Revenue Service imposing fines and penalties immediately. I don’t see why some Jackson supporters say both shouldn’t go to jail at the same time because of the children. Maybe former Cicero Mayor Betty Loren-Maltese can give Sandi Jackson advice about having family take care of the children while serving jail time.

Edward from Frankfort

I was honored to be a guardian on an honor flight accompanying the World War II veterans of the U.S. Marine Corps. Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson was the only one who welcomed the veterans to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. Kudos to Debbie Halvorson. Thanks for standing up for my Second Amendment rights.

Dave from Midlothian

A lot of Speak Out commenters are complaining about where their newspapers are delivered. I am a newspaper carrier. We barely make any money. About 95 percent of the people do not think enough of us to give us any type of Christmas tip either. Usually the ones who complain the most don’t tip. Gas is $4 per gallon. We work for about seven hours per night. I never throw a paper by a porch.

I love teachers and I love unions. I’m in a private-sector union. However, I think public-sector unions are inherently corrupt. It’s like having the fox guarding the henhouse. There needs to be limits on it. You can’t have the people voting for their own raises. I’m not anti-teacher nor antiunion, but something different has to be done because our property taxes are getting out of control.

How can the U.S. government claim it’s in a debt crisis and doesn’t have the funds to run our government with basic services, and then allow all of the disgraceful wasteful spending that constantly goes on every day? Wake up, America!

Alsip Joe

I demand that the Illinois Lottery be audited. Where is the money for these Chicago schools? These schools should not be closing. I thought the purpose of the lottery was to help the education fund.

I think Chicago makes Evergreen Park look like a child when it comes to collecting from speeders.

First lady Michelle Obama opened up the envelope and announced “Argo” as the best picture of the year at the Oscars. The Academy Awards chose her to do this. She did not choose to do this herself. However, some of the media just outright criticized her for doing it, stating that it was in bad taste. Put the blame on the Academy. Why make her the scapegoat?

BJ from Hazel Crest

Does anyone else feel like a prisoner living in Crook County? The corrupt politicians are our jailers. The ignorant keep re-electing them time after time. It’s sad.



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