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Speak Out for April 3, 2013

Despite laws some towns against handheld cellular phone usage some people are still texting while driving.   |

Despite laws in some towns against handheld cellular phone usage, some people are still texting while driving. | Sun-Times Media file photo illustration

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Updated: May 4, 2013 6:25AM



I think handheld cellular phones should be disabled when vehicles are moving over 10 miles an hour. If you need to text or talk to someone, pull over and stop.

Thank you to the SouthtownStar for publishing March 31’s Easter Sunday photo and comment about the person saying the rosary for the Archdiocese of Chicago’s care for the poor. God is listening and is answering their rosary prayers. Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Chicago provided over 2 million free meals to the hungry and needy in the Chicago area in 2012 . That is over 6,000 meals a day. Additionally, parishioners donated lots of money via the 356 parishes in the Archdiocese to help the poor and needy in Chicago. Keep praying the rosary.

Joe from Orland Park

Employment status should be incorporated into voter eligibility. I think you should not be allowed to vote if you are receiving government aid. Why should an unproductive member of society be able to decide who should lead?

Shorewood

I think U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s opposition to gay marriage and support of the Defense of Marriage Act violate the first two clauses of the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Why? He said gay marriage was against his religion and the way he was raised. If you want a theocracy, move to Iran, Mr. Speaker.

I hear the police department is going to try a new strategy to deal with the murders in Chicago. Instead of trying a strategy, I think they should take our taxpayer money that they usually waste and put more police on the street.

Chicago

Regarding a $100 million loan for Chicago’s proposed river walk: Let us not forget another $100 million in cost overruns. After all, all of the political hacks, cronies and allies have to get their fair share.

J.K.

Let gay people have their rights but don’t redefine marriage. If their parents thought that way, they would not be here now. Two same-sex people cannot give birth to a child. Marriage will always be between a man and women. Remember a politician will do anything to get a vote.

MaryAnn from Palos Heights

So the Chicago Cubs need to remodel Wrigley Field to win games. Really? I thought it was the players, not signs and billboards, that won the game.

I hope Steve Eberhardt gets elected mayor in Tinley Park. With Ed Zabrocki and his cronies in there now, downtown Tinley Park is starting to look like downtown Harvey with all of the closed stores and restaurants. We need a change. We need all the help we can get. It’s time to start off on a new slate.

Jim from Tinley Park

To the Link card police commenter who said how there should be separate lanes for those who use the Link card: The transaction is just the same as a debit card or credit card. If you’re so much in a hurry use the express lane for 10 items or less. We’re all shopping.

Willie from Oak Forest

I’m so glad new starting catcher Tyler Flowers homered and that was the win for the Chicago White Sox. My opinion is they should have kept A.J. Pierzynski. He should have been hired as catching coach and backup if needed.

Mayoral candidate Lou Presta is promising to bring back the Crestwood tax rebate in a desperate attempt to win the Crestwood mayoral election. With less than a week from the election, citizens want to know why is he doing this at the 11th hour. Get rid of the Strancek clan. It’s just more lies.

Kelly L.

A small business owner from Orland wants to blame all of Illinois’ problems on the Democrats. I’m sorry but both parties are to blame. Illinois’ problems did not happen overnight. It took years of mismanagement by both parties. As a business owner, I sure hope you are not supporting some of these politicians in Washington, D.C., that want to eliminate programs that help the poor, elderly and middle class. See what happens to your business when the poor and middle class have no money to spend. If policies continue to only favor the wealthy, the middle class will be destroyed.

I’m a happy Hyundai Tucson owner who wanted to say it is not by accident (no pun intended) that Custom 77 Auto Rebuilders has been one of the longest-lasting businesses in Midlothian. The business provides good, timely work at a fair price. Thanks to Bob and the crew.

To all the legislators who supported cutting pensions and benefits to the Illinois State Police, shame on you. These brave men and women risk their lives on a daily basis to protect us. It’s amazing you can exclude judges from pension reform but not those who lay down their lives. I hope the public will remember who supported these cuts and vote every one of them out of office. May God protect all those who work to keep us safe.

Oak Lawn

Regarding a comment about the S.S. Badger: The ship has reached an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to end the ash emission in two years. The ship is 60 years old. Think of the vehicle emissions saved with all the cars and trucks using the ship rather than driving hundreds of miles around the lake.



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