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Speak Out for March 31, 2013

Some Catholics say rosary as regular way connect with their faith.  |  File photo

Some Catholics say the rosary as a regular way to connect with their faith. | File photo

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Updated: May 1, 2013 3:27PM



I said the rosary for the Archdiocese of Chicago to care about the poor. I think the Catholic Church has become an air of make-believe to help out the poor. It shouldn’t come to that.

With the teen and adult choirs, orchestra, lectors and liturgical dancers, the Palm Sunday Lenten cantata was truly a musical feast of sight and sound for all. We have a jewel in Linda McKeague, music director at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Orland Hills. She can take a contemporary music score and turn it into a masterpiece of sound. A cornucopia of talent, Linda conducts the orchestra and choir, plays the piano and sings. Her solo rendition of “Steal My Sun” touched the hearts and souls of the attendees. Seton participants, your many practices paid off. It was perfect.

Adele and Bernadine from Palos Heights

I think the reason we have such a pension problem in Illinois is obvious. Our public-sector employees are making very overinflated salaries and retiring with full pensions in their mid- to late 50s. Many high school teachers and administrators in suburban districts are making up to $200,000 per year. Teachers in Illinois only have to teach about 170 days per year. The solution to the problem is equally obvious. Cut back on salaries and increase the age that these people can earn full benefits.

Orland Park

The person who referred to Tinley Park as the best village in the southwest suburbs should take a ride down 159th Street to see the number of empty businesses between Harlem Avenue and 80th Avenue alone. Then take a ride down Oak Park Avenue and see the same plight. I think the village has wasted millions on train stations and has not focused on marketing and neighborhood needs. And I never see a request for resident input.

I was born, raised and taught that a man and a woman makes a marriage, not a man and a man or a woman and a woman. It’s like America is going to hell in a handbag. There are no morals left.

What a great plan U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan has for me. I was born in 1958. That means that I was too young for the draft, I got to drink at age 19, and now my Social Security and Medicare benefits will not change. As for those who are younger, as Steam sings in “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”: “Na na na na.”

Hickory Hills

Homer Glen is asking too much on the 159th Street project. I have lived in Homer Glen more than 20 years. I have not used any of the eyesore businesses on 159th Street. The Illinois Department of Transportation should just go ahead with the best plan they have and widen 159th Street. No turn lanes are needed to get into any of these businesses. IDOT needs to take a look at all sales receipts at these businesses to see if they warrant a turn-lane entrance.

So now Cook County Commissioner William Beavers is headed off to the big house. That is exactly where all politicians belong. They belong in jail, especially the Illinois politicians. I think they are nothing but a bunch of rotten thieves. Have a nice trip, Beavers.

Dick from Stickney

Politicians who have taken no action and have swept everything under the rug for years while they were in office come out smelling like a rose. When someone like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel comes in and starts cleaning up their mess, he is called everything including a murderer of schools.

Shutting down tours at the White House is just another brilliant lie from our politicians. This building belongs to the people, not the politicians who are trying to make a point. Air Force One costs approximately $179,000 per hour to fly around the United States trying to promote panic among the people. Stop flying and open the White House. People who know the facts know most of the cuts are lies. Wake up, people!

Ernie from Markham

It’s really sad nowadays when the traffic light turns green and you have to look both ways to go straight. Yellow does not mean speed up and run the red light. It means caution.

I think school dropouts are a sign of going in the wrong direction. It’s going to get worse due to all of the cuts. One thing that could be done is to start a tour to the county jail. Let them see what would happen to them. Hopefully, this may have some impact.

Bring on the sunshine. We need much more of that.

Due to ex-con and former Gov. George Ryan and his feel-good supporters’ political stunt of abolishing the death penalty, the killer of Jonylah Watkins, a 6-month-old baby, will just be incarcerated for the rest of his life when caught instead of being sent to hell where he belongs. Are you happy, George?

John from Oak Lawn

The Iraq War cost the United States more than $800 billion and nearly 4,500 American lives. We could’ve helped build up America. Nobody would have been poor and nobody would have been broke.

RC from Oak Lawn

To the commenter from Burbank: Don’t blame Google for your junk email. It’s how you use your computer, the websites you visit, the products you buy, your security settings and your security software that determine how much junk email you receive. Also, never “unsubscribe” from junk email through the link at the bottom of an email. You’re just telling the sender there is really a person at that email address. You can unsubscribe from email sent by legitimate businesses you use on their websites.

Chicago



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