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Speak Out for March 3, 2013

An Illinois law thtook effect Jan. 1 2013 puts greater restrictions those looking redeem scrap metal for money.  |

An Illinois law that took effect on Jan. 1, 2013, puts greater restrictions on those looking to redeem scrap metal for money. | File photo

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Updated: April 4, 2013 6:29AM



A law recently took effect where we need our motor vehicle license number and a valid driver’s license to redeem scrap metal. Some junkers may be out of cash.

I’d like to thank the guy who delivers my newspaper. I get my newspaper right at the front door. As soon as I open the door, the newspaper is right there. Thank you very much. You are doing a fine job out there.

Tony from Frankfort

The Academy Award for best actor should have gone to President Obama. He has had four years to practice and now it’s starting to pay off.

Former Bolingbrook cop Drew Peterson was recently sentenced to 38 years in prison. If he did commit the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, then OK. But what if he didn’t? His arrogance certainly didn’t help him, but have they looked at anyone else? Do the people have the criminal or a scapegoat?

Linda from Alsip

After our last snow, I had a teenager ring my doorbell and offer to shovel snow off my car and sidewalk. It reminded me of years past when kids would shovel or mow the lawn during the summer. My son paid the young man $15. Evidently it wasn’t enough because our shovel was gone. So much for the good old days when kids were taught to work for essential items they wanted instead of mom and dad giving them the money or stealing.

Tinley Park

On the coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s farewell: Really? Did we have to watch the Pope fly around in a helicopter for 20 minutes? Also, how is it that he can just leave his job without a replacement? What are the Catholics going to do? In most jobs, when someone resigns they have to wait until a replacement is hired.

To the Rev. Herbert T. who commented on Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s personal appearance: Practice what you preach, Reverend. Why would you judge a man, as Martin Luther King Jr. would say, on the color of his skin (outside appearance) and not on the content of his character (reaching out in person to the people of Robbins and seeking justice for members of their community.) I wonder if the reverend considered that Sheriff Dart has a packed schedule, a young family and is a working man, and that getting the job done is more important than wearing an expensive suit. Really, Reverend? Shame on you!

LoLo from the South Side

Even though Illinois has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States, I worry about violence when I head to work in the morning when it’s dark. Yet, when I visit states out West and down South and I know people are walking around with a handgun in their waistband or rifles in their trucks, I don’t worry about violence at all because of the concealed-carry laws. Everyone minds their own business. When my husband and I can retire, we are leaving Illinois. It’s not because of the weather. It’s because of the stripping of our rights and the violence.

The great Rush Limbaugh made a comment referring to the Democrats as low-information voters. If Limbaugh wants to see low-information voters then he need look no farther than listeners to his radio talk show.

I don’t know what’s worse, the Jackson family or the media that fawns all over former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.; his wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson; and the rest of them.

Jack from Oak Lawn

Small businesses are struggling to survive. Gov. Pat Quinn, a non-businessman, proposes to raise the minimum wage in Illinois to $10 per hour. Why not $20 or $30 per hour? Minimum-wage jobs are for entry-level, low-skilled and inexperienced workers who are usually single people. Minimum wage is not meant to support a family of four.

Midlothian

Don’t blame Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy for all of the murders that are going on. Put the blame on the judges sitting in those courtrooms that don’t put these criminals in prison where they belong. The judges turn the criminals out back on the street. These criminals belong in prison with a minimum five-year sentence to start out.

Dick from Stickney

I wanted to thank the knowledgeable and helpful employees at SouthTown Paint & Wallpaper in Orland Park. I had received some bad advice from a local paint store in my town that was unwilling to rectify the situation. But Al Walters, the Benjamin Moore representative, and Jerry and Casey at SouthTown Paint really stepped up and helped turn my project into a beautiful piece of furniture. Everyone I dealt with at SouthTown Paint & Wallpaper was so nice. Thanks, guys.

Mokena

About what’s wrong with the world: Everything that is wrong in the world, and I mean everything, is because some people think they are better than other people.

America needs immigration reform. Foreigners who come here need to support themselves. If they have a business, then they need to pay taxes on that business. Those of us who work in grocery stores constantly see foreigners with Link cards buying large quantities of pop and cereal during good sales so they can put these items into their stores. So not only are we, the sucker American citizens, paying to stock their stores but it seems like they are not even paying taxes on this stuff. When is this country going to wake up? We surely do need immigration reform.



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