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Speak Out for March 11, 2013

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg  |  Getty Images file photo

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg | Getty Images file photo

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Updated: April 12, 2013 6:13AM



Here’s a message for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg: Stay out of Illinois politics and mind your own business.

Palos Heights

If you would like to forget the eight years that George W. Bush was president, then you’re going to love to forget the eight years that Barack Obama was president.

Palos Park

My newspaper deliverypeople deliver my paper to my mailbox. They do a fantastic job during rain, shine or snow. I don’t have to go to the driveway to get it or wade out in the rain or snow on the lawn. They do a wonderful job.

G from Calumet City

Apparently what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander. I heard that members of Congress are exempt from the cleaver of the sequester ax. They should feel a little pain also. Start with the president and work your way down. Why not ax 10 percent? It would be just like the janitor and others who are waiting to get the cut.

If you see me walking my dog, I apologize if you try to stop me to ask a question and I ignore you. I’m not trying to be rude but I can’t trust anyone. If you proceed to get my attention by yelling or coming toward me, I will release my dog on you. I will yell and scream as loud as I can to get someone’s attention. I will carry pepper spray and a whistle, too. Troublemakers come from their ruined, run-down communities to break into our homes and businesses to rob, kidnap and kill people — even the elderly.

Tinley Park

You’re not going to tell me what I can eat and drink and when I can smoke. You can keep raising the taxes on everything, if you’d like. I go to Indiana to do my shopping. I think Chicago and Cook County don’t have money because all they like to do is hurt people. When Chicago and Cook County pay all of my bills, then they can tell me what to do. Until then, mind your own business. You can’t tell people how they can live. America is a free country.

Chicago

With the United States as broke as it is and our deficit so high, why is U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offering Syria $60 million? Shouldn’t we fix our budgets at home before we go offering other countries all of this money?

Susie from Orland Park

The Link card police can do something to help our fellow citizens get off food stamps. Some Congress members are presenting a bill to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour. Call your Congress member and tell him or her to support this bill. Since most Link card recipients are the working poor, raising the minimum wage will take them out of poverty. Why does the political party that always wants to cut and get rid of welfare programs not want to raise the minimum wage? Increasing it will help the economy and is the right thing to do.

Why is it that all the beautiful neighborhoods over the years have become slum areas? People that took pride in their surroundings can’t show their grandchildren the old neighborhoods. These areas are now a disgrace, with gangbangers and boarded-up buildings. Let’s give these lowlifes their own island and get back to decent civilization. Some of the politicians can go with them. Adios!

G.G.

Regarding the Chicago Cubs: Chicago Ald. Thomas Tunney better be careful. The Ricketts family could easily take their $300 million and build a new ballpark. Maybe they could do this where the third airport land is or somewhere else. That would leave you, your 44th Ward and rooftop owners high and dry.

If federal workers are going to be furloughed due to the sequester, then you can start with the Department of Energy. As I remember it, when they were formed their sole purpose was to be a watchdog to make sure we didn’t have high gasoline prices. So how are they doing now?

Bob from Oak Forest

I think it is still a law in Illinois that pedestrians have the right of way. At 3 p.m. on a recent day I saw an elderly man almost get hit by two different vehicles at the intersection of 94th Avenue and 167th Street in Orland Hills. I was so busy making sure the man completed his walk across the street that I couldn’t get license plate numbers of the vehicles. They are lucky. Stop being rude people and learn the rules of the road.

Mokena

I don’t see anything wrong with first lady Michelle Obama presenting at the Academy Awards. Instead of seeming like she was above people, I think she wanted to blend in with the normal people.

Capitalism is a good thing but the downside is how it becomes all about money, with members of your government being bought and who are afraid of being for a program that donors might be against. It then becomes all about millionaire takers.

We have a hat trick going on in the south suburbs with police chiefs being charged with sundry crimes. Most recently, former Markham Deputy Police Chief Tony DeBois was charged with sexual abuse on the job. Former Robbins Police Chief Johnny Holmes was charged with a DUI. And former Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans was charged with money laundering. Boy, they have some quality law enforcement going on out there in those south suburbs.

Tom from Evergreen Park

Sometimes people can drive you crazy, but just take a deep breath and remember all the good things you have in your life.



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