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Speak Out for March 13, 2013

In this October 10 2011 file phocrowd is filled with American flags as Columbus Day Parade makes its way down

In this October 10, 2011, file photo, the crowd is filled with American flags as the Columbus Day Parade makes its way down Columbus Drive in Chicago. | File photo

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Updated: April 14, 2013 6:36AM



About holidays: I wonder how many people would turn out if we had a Proud to be an American Day Parade?

Oak Forest

To the person who may have found my diamond heirloom ring at Wal-Mart in Crestwood: Please do the right thing. It slipped off my finger on a cold rainy Sunday. Please turn it into a manager at the store. I know this is a shot in the dark but I do believe in angels.

I think Sean Lowe from the TV show “The Bachelor” should stop being so cheap and pay for something on his own, starting with his wedding.

Rick from Evergreen Park

I would like to add another name to the list of wonderful and thoughtful newspaper deliverymen. Thanks again, Steve.

Palos Hills

As I stood in line to pay my bill at a market in Evergreen Park, I was behind a woman with a bill of $175. The Link card she had looked like it had been run over a few times. When it came to put the personal identification number in, she had to call someone. I heard the whole conversation. I asked the clerk if that happens all the time. She smiled and said, “Yes.” I continued with my purchase of $34. I was then asked for my identification. Go figure!

The Speak Out commenter from Lansing should have mentioned that unions do help protect workers from abuse. From what I’ve seen, there is no law protecting workers against on-the-job bullying by work supervisors. Even when one works as a public servant (not all government workers are unionized) he or she can be verbally abused by supervisors as long as it is not racist, sexist or ageist. Harassment can occur that is not considered discriminatory by federal and state laws but is abusive nonetheless. Unions exist and will always be needed as long as dangerous and abusive work environments exist.

Wanda

I just heard in the news that they want to boot cars for people who don’t pay non-traffic bills to Chicago, and they’ll sell the vehicle if you don’t pay up. How are they going to sell a vehicle if the person still has payments? You can’t sell a car without a title. I forgot. This is Crook County and even more crooked Chicago. I think it’s ridiculous.

The blame for the fiscal sequester mess should land solely on the desk of President Obama. I’m so sick and tired of listening to these clueless sheep who blame this chaos on everything Republican. Did anyone ever hear of checks and balances, which is built into the Constitution? Or did you fail civics class? President Obama should be held accountable for dereliction of duty as a failed leader.

Don from Orland Park

Former state Rep. Robin Kelly, who is now the Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, suggested that since she was against guns, the National Rifle Association had better watch out because they are on the way out. Ms. Kelly, could you go to your district on Chicago’s South Side and confront the gangbangers and tell them the same thing? Do you have the guts?

John from Bridgeport

Regarding Tinley Park mayoral candidate issues: It is too bad that Tinley’s mayoral candidates will not be debating. I have seen neither incumbent Ed Zabrocki or challenger Steve Eberhardt mention in interviews what he will do about boarded-up buildings, unsightly vacant storefronts and run-down neighborhoods. Whichever candidate wins, let’s hope these growing problems will be on his agenda.

Tinley Park

My daughter recently bought a home in a Chicago suburb. Her inspector gave it a clean bill of health. She took possession and hired a person to replace some windows. He discovered extensive termite damage and said the home was uninhabitable. Further inspection confirmed this. She was stuck and hired an attorney to determine a course of action. He discovered the seller’s Realtor, who was with a major national firm, tried to sell the home previously but the prospective buyer’s inspector found the extensive damage and the buyer walked away. They then covered up the damage and sold it anyway.

Ray from Oak Lawn

Regarding minimum wage: Think about it. I think a wage of $10 per hour equals higher pay, which equals higher employer costs, which equals raised prices to cover increased labor costs, which equals higher costs to buy necessities, which washes out the pay-raise benefit. I think a wage of $10 per hour also equals higher payroll taxes for Illinois, which increases its own budget, and that’s who wins.

The cost of smoking is more than money. Mike from the Indiana border does have the right to condemn himself to an earlier-than-normal death by smoking. But he needs to understand that the politicians need to heavily tax those smokes as he and other smokers won’t be around as long as most non-smokers, and smokers will pay a lot less in all the other taxes politicians have imposed on us. Politicians have to make up that shortfall somehow.

Chicago

I think for special education and basic classes that some children need smaller class sizes.

How insulting! So the Rev. Jesse Jackson attended funeral services for Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela who was known to hate America. It’s amazing how the Jackson family just keeps getting worse.

Burbank



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