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Speak Out for April 5, 2013

Army Spc. Donald Sliw(center) who returned from Afghanistan poses with his mother Deborah (left) stepfather Bill Wylie (right) as his

Army Spc. Donald Sliwa (center), who returned from Afghanistan, poses with his mother, Deborah (left), and stepfather, Bill Wylie (right), as his brother Tim (far right) takes a picture March 28, 2013, in Midlothian. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 6, 2013 6:31AM



Bravo to Army Spc. Donald Sliwa, of Midlothian, who recently completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan. It’s good to see the Bremen High School alum back home, safe and sound.

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and many of us are displaying blue lights in honor of those with autism. If you drive past my house, you will see a string of blue lights lit up in honor my son David. David is not only autistic but a college graduate and he has had a full-time job for over a year.

Kathy F.

I was very uncomfortable in a public washroom for women when a lesbian woman who was dressed like a man was in the stall next to me. Will they have unisex washrooms because I would not like these lesbians in my washroom? I’m sure the men don’t feel comfortable with the gay guys in their washroom.

I’m almost 80 years old and still working to supplement my Social Security because I have had a disabled husband for 15 years. It bleeds my brain when I see such able-bodied people check out with Link cards. Sometimes they have a few Link cards and they are checking balances on each. I also know able-bodied people not working and getting Medicaid and food pantry help. Instead of filling up cars with goodies, give them maps to jobs.

To the Speak Out writer who complained about Tinley Park losing businesses and not attracting new ones: If you truly would like to see a ghost town, drive to 147th Street and Cicero Avenue and continue driving down 147th Street east. Welcome to Midlothian. You will see a wasteland of cleared lots, closed businesses and boarded-up buildings.

Kudos to President Obama for taking a 5 percent pay cut so he can “feel our pain.” What a guy! It should help to ease our debt and lessen the bad effects of the sequester.

Dick S. from Monee

Doctors have given Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose the green light to play. I think Derrick fears playing again because he may injure himself and if that happens, it will be all over for him. I think it has become a mental thing. Hopefully he will seek help.

Criminals are not going to change their ways even if laws are changed or new laws are passed. The only sure deterrent is to make the consequences so severe that the crooks will be wary of killing and murdering innocent people. We want and need the death penalty restored as soon as possible.

Alsip Joe

I bought a brand-new 2012 car. Within the past year I’ve been rear-ended three times. Each time I was rear-ended by foreigners who did not have insurance cards. Now Illinois wants to give all of these immigrants driver’s licenses. I think the ones who are here already do not have car insurance. I don’t think any of them should get driver’s licenses. There is no way the cops can prove that these immigrants have car insurance when they get them.

Do you remember a time when you would pull into a gasoline station and there was a real person there to fill your gas tank, wipe your windshield and check your oil? How about the days when you would walk into a department store and there would be someone there to assist you in each department who knew their inventory and stock and could answer questions intelligently. Where have these jobs gone? I think they’ve gone to corporate greed.

I’d like to know how Gov. Pat Quinn plans to spend $486 million on roads and bridges. We are $18 billion in the red now. They have billions of dollars of bills that have not been paid yet. Now he is going to spend another almost $500 million? It must be out of his checking account.

RC from Oak Lawn

Yes, it’s spring. Let’s hope everyone can take part in making their town and themselves proud to live in it. It doesn’t take much. Clean up your property. Straighten up your mailbox, toss a little paint on a fence or your home and improve a little. Pick up trash and teach your children to do the same. That is why we have trash containers. Take a little pride in your community. Use Country Club Hills as an example. The town looks great.

It looks like Caroline Kennedy will be appointed ambassador to Japan. She campaigned for President Obama. It’s like you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. That’s what having friends in high places will do for you. That’s politics in America. Never mind someone who is qualified or deserves the job.

I was taking my dog for a walk with my 6- and 8-year-old grandsons. We came upon a large flag on the ground and still tied to the pole. I walked over and unhooked it and folded it. I put it in between the doors of the home. This gave me the opportunity to explain to them that this is the United States’ flag and it should never be on the ground to be stepped on. It should always fly high with our respect.

TLM from Lemont

What is going on when somebody like Pedro Quezada can win $338 million in a lottery and only wind up with $152 million after taxes? How do they lose more than half of the winnings? Even when you work a job you only lose about 25 percent to taxes. Who is taking nearly $200 million from this guy? How much do the state and federal governments get? Where is it all going? It seems to me if you win $338 million then you should get $338 million.

Let’s hear it for the little things that people do. I came home from a long day, exhausted, and found a surprise from a friend. Talk about making my day!



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