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AnnBakotic 11 New Lenox who is battling leukemigot bedroom makeover through Special Spaces ChicagolThursday March 14 2013.  | Brett

Anna Bakotic, 11, of New Lenox, who is battling leukemia, got a bedroom makeover through Special Spaces Chicagoland Thursday, March 14, 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 21, 2013 6:41AM



I loved seeing the finished results of Special Spaces Chicagoland’s makeover of Anna Bakotic’s bedroom in New Lenox. An 11-year-old battling leukemia deserves a peaceful place to live life.

How good is $23.5 million for at-risk kids when a 6-month-old baby like Jonylah Watkins is killed? We need more police protection.

Chicago

It looks like U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan put out a new common-sense budget to try to balance the budget, cut spending and put us on the right path to fiscal soundness. But the Democrats came out with their budget, which includes $1 trillion in new taxes. I think they need this $1 trillion because they want to give out free stuff. I don’t know where they are going to get the money from if unemployment is still high. You will not have enough people paying in to give all of these people free stuff.

Christians love to cite the Bible for why same-sex couples should not be married. This is the same Bible that condones slavery and the rape of women, and contradicts itself literally hundreds of times. The Bible either is infallible or it isn’t. You can’t pick and choose what content in the Bible is right or wrong. Christians also love to believe they have a monopoly on marriage when people were getting married 2,000 years before the birth of Christ. America gives people the right to practice any religion, but that right doesn’t include forcing others to live by their beliefs.

Orland Park

Regarding foreign aid and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry: Hey, people in Washington, D.C., let’s pretend Illinois is a foreign country and send Kerry here to bail Illinois out. The people’s money — yes, the people’s money that you in Washington borrow to give away and is around $50 billion a year — would really make Americans proud of you. While I am at it, send him Amtrak, our broken-down rail system. We need jobs here not there.

Robert K. from Frankfort

I just want to say, “Thank you,” to my awesome newspaper carrier, Yolanda, for the great job that she does. My paper is delivered between 4 and 5 a.m. every day. She parks in my neighbor Lorraine’s driveway and walks up to my porch no matter what the weather is like and puts the paper right by the door. Then she walks up to my neighbor’s porch and puts the paper right by her door. My neighbor and I appreciate your dedication to your job. Thanks again.

Barb from Burbank

It started with the right-turn-on red law. There is no respect for the law, and it started with the turning law. When was the last time you saw someone stop before turning on red? The best example of people ignoring this law is on the easternmost part of 127th Street. Go there and watch people ignore the stop sign, often without slowing down. Most people are talking on their cell phones after having sped down 127th Street at 50 or 60 mph. The police seemingly can’t stop them. These people do not care for the rule of law one bit.

Regarding accountability: There is a simple — I’m sure some would say naive — solution to most of the problems in the world. It’s not profound. It’s called personal accountability. Think about it. If people were truly more accountable for their actions, there would be less greed, corruption and overall criminal activity. It starts and stops with that person staring back at you when you look in a mirror. I mean everyone, whether you make millions of dollars or none at all.

MJ from Worth

It’s not fair. I try to live within my income so that I can afford to pay taxes to a government that refuses to live within its income.

Basil

About voting: To say that 18-year-olds don’t have enough life experience except from their possibly biased teachers (a) implies teachers have a political agenda in the classroom, (b) kids’ parents don’t influence their thinking and (c) a hungry child of a single parent doesn’t know that his or her lot in life is a result of bad social policy. I know many supposedly educated adults who make stupid political choices. You cannot confine it to one age group or another. I wish more people in general cared enough to research the issues beyond the mainstream media and then vote intelligently.

I think I have a legitimate reason why first lady Michelle Obama should not have presented that award at the Oscars. Do you know how many people had to inspect and cut open that envelope for bioweapons? I think they all were able to see who the winner was before anybody else.

Evergreen Park

Regarding killings: No one seems to know where these bloodthirsty, murdering gangsters are coming from. I think they are from the welfare society run by the government. It is time to end the welfare state.

About gasoline prices: What is with these gas stations that post abnormally low gas prices on the displayed prices, only to indicate that a car wash must be purchased to get this price? They should post the actual gas price and not some reduced price with the miniscule text above the price saying, “With car wash.” It is distracting and almost bait and switch in essence. Post the going price and that’s all.

I’m in a union. The pay is higher, yes, but my union pockets the difference. From what I’ve seen, they side with the crooked boss, too.

Thank goodness for the little surprises in life and the people who bring them to us. These surprises bring smiles to our faces and a welcome respite from all the things that are out of our control.



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