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Speak Out for March 18, 2013

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Updated: April 19, 2013 6:12AM



It’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. Republicans and Democrats are responsible for this sequester mess. Both parties kicked this can down the road. Now the chickens have come home to roost.

Regarding the brilliant comment about creating jobs by raising the work age and lowering the retirement age: That is a great concept. This would give more unemployed people a chance to get back to work and hopefully further the education of some young adults growing up so society can have an upcoming generation of young people with common sense. I’m a young senior citizen, unemployed for almost a year and recently diagnosed with moderate rheumatoid arthritis (with a host of maladies). The idea of retiring almost two years earlier than my Social Security statement says is very inviting to me.

B.G. from Burbank

About unwanted pregnancies: Ladies, if you are intellectually, financially and morally incapable of raising a child, do not put yourselves in situations where you may possibly become pregnant. This will help eliminate a society of individuals who will ultimately grow up incapable of taking care of and being responsible for themselves.

Terry from Mount Greenwood

The latest report has foreclosure filings down 11 percent for the month of February. What they are not telling you is there are no homes left to be foreclosed on.

J.K.

A Speak Out commenter stated that by presenting at the Academy Awards first lady Michelle Obama was blending in with normal people. I hope this was a joke. This may come as a shock to some but normal people don’t make eight-figure yearly salaries like many people attending the Oscars. It seems that President Obama and the first lady are more worried about being part of the Hollywood scene and visiting all of the talk shows than they are about the real normal people, their job situations and the economy.

Orland Park

Joe Flacco, quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, just got awarded a contract in excess of $120 million for six years. He said the new contract made him feel “respected around here.” I guess the “here” means the universe. Old Joe’s contribution to the world of professional football seems to warrant a salary that few in the history of mankind can match. Thank God that football exists in Old Joe’s universe so he can get the respect he so richly deserves, or so he says.

Are our officials forgetting about these other children who have been killed in Chicago’s Gage Park community, Humboldt Park community and Back of the Yards neighborhood. It seems like you never hear anything about these children. I think it’s a shame. I wish these officials would get together and treat everybody equally.

Pedestrians only have the right of way within the painted white lines indicating that it is a walkway. Otherwise it’s jaywalking.

Bill from Chicago Heights

I am Gertie the black Labrador from Oak Forest. I thank the newspaper deliveryperson for getting my paper early in the morning on the driveway. I can get it for my dad and then get his slippers so he can read the paper early in the morning.

Regarding Illinois teachers: So Gov. Pat Quinn is upset that his brother John is no longer the basketball coach after 28 years. Quinn said Fenwick High School lost its soul. How about the veteran teacher who loses his or her job because, despite best practices, his or her students did not score well enough on state-mandated multiple-choice tests? Has the state put more value in test results than the teacher’s efforts? Never mind that those students don’t have the basic needs of adequate food and supportive parents who are academic role models. Has the state lost its soul, Mr. Quinn?

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent his money in the wrong place. He could have taken the money he spent on Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District race and spent it to bribe the judge and his soda ban would have gone through. Use your money in New York, not Chicago.

John from Bridgeport

My experience at a new Frankfort grocery store’s parking lot was less than gracious. I would like to thank the two young boys who think they are nearing manhood and were driving a silver or gray PT cruiser, for stealing a parking spot I was waiting for. When I confronted them, they said, “Too bad.” This is what their parents and teachers teach nowadays? If that had been me in my youth, I would’ve been laid out in the parking lot. But the lawyers, police and courts protect these ingrates. And now we all understand what we have in society.

I am in a union but so is the supervisor. Workplace bullying still happens and from what I’ve seen, the union doesn’t want to do anything about it.

Do not take people and what they are going through for granted. Try to be kind in all that you do because karma comes back to you.

We need to raise the minimum wage. Do you really believe some of these companies making millions in profits, yet paying such low wages that many of their employees collect food stamps, cannot afford to pay a living wage so a full-time employee does not live in poverty? So we as taxpayers are subsidizing their payrolls. Higher wages mean more money for people to spend, which creates demand. The more demand, the more successful the business. I think a rate of $10 per hour also equals less people on food stamps. The middle class wins when the minimum wage increases.



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