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Speak Out for April 2, 2013

Some Easter diners might have topped off their meals with lamb cake March 31.  |  File photo

Some Easter diners might have topped off their meals with lamb cake on March 31. | File photo

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Updated: May 3, 2013 6:21AM



Here’s a message from the Link card police: I hope all of you who have been abusing the system had a nice Easter dinner.

With these Chicago police foot patrols, I unfortunately predict that there will be at least three shootings of police officers within the first six months. I hope I’m wrong.

Bob from Oak Forest

Regarding legalizing gay marriage: If the definition of marriage changes, then I want it to also include marrying multiple partners because I want two husbands. I want this legal in 50 states. If anyone disagrees with me, then I think you are a racist hater.

A Speak Out commenter equated liberal Democrats as good and conservative Republicans as bad. Dear spin doctor, let me give you the real-world situation from a suburban small businessman’s point of view. What state has the worst credit rating in the United States? What city is becoming the murder capital of the Midwest? What state has the most regressive tax rates and outlandish property taxes? What county is referred to endearingly as Crook County? What state is losing small business at an alarming rate? What party has been in control way too long?

Don from Orland Park

Many years ago there were such things as pickup basketball games. Some were called alley basketball, which sometimes became a contact sport. Apparently Miami Heat star Lebron James never experienced this type of basketball until he came to Chicago. Maybe he has a clause in his contract that says once he gets the ball, the opposition just parts the lanes for this ballet star.

Lou from Palos Hills

Hey, climate-change deniers, which seems more likely — regional environmental activist groups spend their limited budgets in a massive conspiracy with 97 percent of climatologists around the globe to create a hoax and ruin the economy, or oil companies spend their profits to bribe anyone they can to protect their obscene profits and limit future liability that their pollution may cause? I think climate change is a hoax. Cigarettes don’t cause cancer, plants and animals don’t evolve, and the Earth is 6,000 years old. What was I thinking?

WGN-TV (Channel 9)’s Tom Skilling does a remarkable job as our weatherman. Years ago, we didn’t have computers and satellites to predict the weather. I remember when Clint Youle gave the report with the primitive system we had then. He apologized. It was funny when he said he had to shovel 2 1/2 inches of partly cloudy off his sidewalk. We have come a long way with our predictions and are mostly accurate. Skilling does a great job of explaining what’s happening and what’s causing the upcoming weather. If you can’t handle that, you can always change the TV station.

Homer Glen

When you win the lottery it seems everybody gets a piece of the pie. Some of the money goes to the store owner, the buyer and the state government. And the rest goes to public schools, right?

BJ from Hazel Crest

This thuggery that emanates from the inner city has to stop. Now their dirty deeds are including the Magnificent Mile. Where are the so-called parents to control their punk kids who are perpetrating these acts? They are probably the same ones that complain about police brutality.

Tom from Evergreen Park

Save the pensions. Require all city, county and state employees to follow the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pension formula. I think it is well-funded and makes sense.

Will County Board member Reed Bible stated, “If you catch a kid smoking a joint, you don’t want to charge him with something criminal at such a young age.” If you do charge him with something criminal then there is a good chance that his friends will not do the same crime. A law is a law, Mr. Bible.

John from Bridgeport

It’s amazing what having a positive attitude can do for others. Just talking with someone who is upbeat, despite dealing with challenges, shows us how much our lives are what we make them. So try to bring light into people’s lives.

Of all of the parents who are protesting the Chicago public school closings, I wonder how many of them have ever gone to a PTA meeting, met their children’s teachers or showed any concerns about their children’s progress.

Jackie from Park Forest

Are you sick of CBS’ scheduling on Sundays always cutting into their 7 p.m. programming by at least a half-hour? This goes on all year when they air sports. It has to be on purpose. It’s time to stop watching unless they get their scheduling right.

Jim L.

Can you imagine the outrage from the liberal media if it was President Bush that closed the White House to tours instead of President Obama?

GWC

Do former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, who are probably going to spend time in jail, get to keep their pensions? Remember that Illinois is all about pension reform.

Tom from Burbank

Former Illinois Tollway maintenance supervisor Joseph Caffarello is obviously a problem. Why is it so hard to fix a problem? Three times is not a charm. You are out.



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