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Speak Out for April 7, 2013

The 1998 Ford Windstar has been plagued with recall notices.  |  File photo

The 1998 Ford Windstar has been plagued with recall notices. | File photo

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Updated: May 8, 2013 6:39AM



I just got a recall notice about a rear axle problem on my 1998 Ford Windstar. My theory is they wait for most of the model year to be retired before they provide the notice to save on dealer repair costs.

Thank you to SouthtownStar reporter Casey Toner for the beautifully written article describing the funeral of Illinois State Trooper James Sauter. Your report shared the emotions of the day. I did not know Trooper Sauter, but learned a lot about him in your article detailing the many tributes given to him.

Churches can do more for the young people in the area. Instead of passing the basket around every Sunday, they need to open up their doors for a safe place for after school. Most of them have a ground level. Why not use it for more than chicken dinners?

BJ from Hazel Crest

I firmly believe that if it were high noon and President Obama said it was midnight then the Democrats and media would go along with him. They are so far in the tank that it’s unbelievable. How can they keep doing this? All the Republicans are trying to do is get the United States back on track to prosperity.

Bob from Oak Forest

Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool says he doesn’t want concealed carry on the CTA. I actually think the CTA is the best-case argument for concealed carry. It would protect all of the poor working people who have to depend on the CTA at all hours of the days and nights. The people who use the CTA need some protection.

Our freedom of speech is our God-given right whether you’re rich or poverty-stricken.

A Speak Out commenter attempted to defend his opposition to gay marriage by saying: “I was born, raised and taught that a man and a woman makes a marriage. ... It’s like America is going to hell in a handbag.” At one time, almost everyone believed marriage was limited to a man and a woman. As time went on, many became uncomfortable with denying marriage to gay people and lesbians. Their morality motivated them to demand all people be treated equally under the law. Far from “going to hell in a handbag,” equal rights for all makes America better.

Jeff from Orland Hills

They keep telling us that the economy is improving. They say we are selling more cars, which is true to a point. It is costing too much to keep the old junker when they can get a brand-new car with no money down, and the first payment is not due for two or three months. They stretch payments out for 84 months. We are going backwards and the people are going back into debt longer.

Homer Glen

Kudos to the villages and cities near the city of Burbank. There are little or no vacant or boarded-up houses or businesses. It seems that as soon as one business moves out, it is either torn down or a better store or restaurant takes over. Evergreen Park is amazing with the developments, businesses, cleanliness, low crime rate, etc. Burbank needs to step up their game before it’s too late.

Burbank

Kids these days, let me tell you. They volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn, they raise tons of money at Relay for Life, they feed the homeless in Joliet, they treat veterans to lunch on Veterans Day, they volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and yes, they text. There is absolutely nothing wrong with kids now that wasn’t wrong 30 years ago.

I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I read that Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said murders were down in Chicago. It’s the first thing on the news every day. I guess gangbangers shooting one another doesn’t count as murders. The rest of them must all be suicides, I guess. If anybody believes this then I have some oceanfront property in Texas for sale.

Pete from Chicago

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is just grasping at straws because of the budget. She proposed a new $25 gun tax. I think she’s worse than Gov. Pat Quinn. She doesn’t know how to balance a budget with cuts rather than increasing taxes. I believe people could lose their jobs due to this new tax. I think the county would be in better shape without her. Thank goodness I don’t have to deal with this.

Monee

The irony is the American taxpayer is going broke supporting all of the foreign countries it sends aid to. How about taking care of America first? Is that a revolutionary idea or what?

This antireligion movement as well as this so-called political correctness in America will be our downfall and doomed fate. The word “Christmas” is being replaced by the term “winter holiday” or “Xmas.” The word “Easter” is being replaced with the term “springtime holiday.” Denying the existence of our Lord Jesus Christ in our lives is not going to help our country. I haven’t even gotten into the redefinition-of-marriage travesty. May God help us.

Don from Orland Park

I am a Korean War veteran. I spent two years in the service defending the United States. My job was not waiting for me when I got back. These people crossing the border expect to land a job automatically? Give me a break! I had to fight for what’s mine. You should have to spend some time in the service to earn the right to be a citizen of the United States. If you fight for this country or die for this country then you are entitled to it.

As quickly as we heard about film critic Roger Ebert’s “leave of presence,” he was sadly gone. The movies will never be the same.



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