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Speak Out for March 12, 2013

CorettFrankl(clockwise sick soldier) TierWilliams JoshMills CharnniJones MiyHackett (nurse) Kennedy Furnace are students portraying soldiers play 'Invisible Soldiers.' | Joseph P.

Coretta Franklin (clockwise, sick soldier), Tiera Williams, Josha Mills, Charnnia Jones, Miya Hackett (nurse) and Kennedy Furnace are students portraying soldiers in the play "Invisible Soldiers." | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 13, 2013 6:29AM



March is National Women’s History Month. Bravo to those involved in “Invisible Soldiers” at Southland College Prep Charter High School in Richton Park. It’s important to share World War II’s stories.

Thank you from the Knights of Columbus Council 14553 to the approximately 300 people who attended our fish bake at Oak Lawn Community Presbyterian Church in Oak Lawn on March 8; the council officers and members; executive chefs Ron Lapniewski and Keith Wagner and those in the kitchen; and our Women’s Auxiliary. We will have our last fish bake on March 22 at the same location, 9000 S. Ridgeland Ave., and hope all will return and have another wonderful evening .Thank you for supporting the Knights of Columbus who donate the proceeds from these events to worthy area charities.

Mike from Bridgeview

I think the antiviolence bill for women, illegal immigrants, gay people, etc., is a bunch of tripe. Aren’t they all people and protected by the same laws as us all? Oh, that’s right. There is one group who is never extra protected and are on their own without any extra laws. They are white males. As the grandmother of one, I worry for his future. As a white male he can be discriminated against openly. It’s open season for hate crimes against them. No matter how poor or sick he is, I don’t see programs, money or anything for him.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed his approval to increase the doctor’s medical license fee from $300 to $700. That’s a small increase because, after all, they’re wealthy. But it will be adjusted to $500 in 2018. Yeah, right! I thought the Illinois Tollway fees were to be terminated after construction costs were paid, but they said, “Oops, our forefathers goofed up and the fees will continue plus a few fee increases.” The same will happen with the medical license fees. It will be for the schools and pensions they misused. These doctors go above and beyond to help everyone in Illinois.

Ralph P.

The race-baiting and insinuation by the so-called reverend from Hazel Crest criticizing Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart for his attire in Robbins was unnecessary and pointless. The so-called reverend should be grateful that Sheriff Dart went there to help the town with their issues and be less concerned on how Dart dressed. This so-called reverend’s statement that Dart would have dressed better in Homewood has no basis in fact but, instead, exposes the so-called reverend’s own insecurities and twisted logic. His credentials don’t make him a man of the cloth but, rather, an older storefront hater proselytizing his negative views.

PJ from Chicago Heights

Let me jump on the bandwagon about weatherman Tom Skilling. If people don’t like what he’s reporting, turn the channel. Everyone knows he’s not God or Mother Nature.

Willie from Oak Forest

I agree with one recent Speak Out commenter. If former Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman likes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un so much, then he should go live over there. But as Rodman does not hold military status, then maybe he should live with the common people who are starving in poverty and not the military. He can tell them all about basketball diplomacy and see what they think of it.

Illinois politicians couldn’t care less if you ever stop smoking. All you are is tax income. Period. They are going to probably keep putting the screws to you yearly. Someday in Crook County there will be a $20 pack of cigarettes. Go anywhere else that you can get to and deprive these liars and thieves of their booty. Boycott cigarette sales in Crook County. Start a smoking pool and share the ride to Indiana or any of the Illinois counties that are not Cook County. They don’t deserve another penny from you.

Mike from the Indiana border

Regarding choosing the new pope: I vote singer-songwriter Willie Nelson for pope.

Once again I turn on the news and they are talking about the sequester and how government workers are going to have to take pay cuts. When I worked for a union trucking company, we had to take a 15 percent pay cut and people with less than 18 years got laid off. This wasn’t even mentioned on the news or in the newspapers. It’s as if this wasn’t a big deal. We did it so our company could stay in business. Now if government workers don’t get a 5 percent raise every year, then it’s a major tragedy.

I’ll take President Bush any day before that clown we have in office now, President O-blame-a. This president blames everybody but himself.

Tim from Orland Park

After reading about all of the wonderful newspaper deliverypeople, we are jealous. We live in the Pines, a senior community in Tinley Park. Many people have physical disabilities. We are lucky if our paper is near the curb in the morning. Maybe our deliveryperson will read this and get the hint.

Regarding lyrics: I grew up in the 1950s and ’60s. Back then, we had Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and then the Beatles, the Temptations and more. One thing they did when they performed was sing musical lyrics understandably. It seems that “singers” now attempt to cover their lack of talent by screaming. Since when did this method of noisemaking pass as vocal talent?

First lady Michelle Obama was the scapegoat because she could have said no to presenting at the Academy Awards, as most first ladies would have. That choice was hers. Let’s keep the respect in the White House where it belongs.

BP from Frankfort



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