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Speak Out for April 8, 2013

Although some people imbibe irresponsibly many individuals enjoy kicking back with beer or cocktail do it responsible fashion.  |

Although some people imbibe irresponsibly, many individuals enjoy kicking back with a beer or cocktail and do it in a responsible fashion. | File photo

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Updated: May 9, 2013 6:12AM



Why don’t the politicians ban alcohol again? Alcohol helps with people driving drunk, which creates more killings than gun violence.

Mike P. from Chicago

I am a senior citizen on a fixed income. Every day I get mail from politicians and people asking for money. If you give once they bug you to death. I now throw it in the garbage. Sometimes they send you a free gift to make you feel guilty if you don’t give. Thanks for the gifts. There are no more return addresses either. Thanks, but no thanks.

Orland Park

To those who oppose gay marriage, I saw a great billboard in New York two years ago that said: “If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t get gay married.” No one is forcing you to marry someone of the same sex. No one is forcing you to attend a gay wedding. No one is forcing your religious leaders to officiate at a gay marriage service. However, the laws of this land are secular, and marriage is a legal contract that affords certain rights and privileges that no one in a committed, loving, adult relationship should be denied.

Bonnie from Flossmoor

To Willie from Oak Forest: Using the Link card is not the same as using a debit card. Taxpayers pay for the food. People who use debit cards pay their own way, work and sacrifice to put food on the table. Why should I have to stand behind somebody in line when I’m paying for their food? Non-payers should go to the back of the line.

Rick from Evergreen Park

I think Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel know how to pull a rabbit out of the hat. After they received bad reviews, Gov. Quinn has come up with millions of dollars for construction projects. Where has this money been? Mayor Emanuel now has million of dollars to spend on a Chicago river walk yet seemingly never had enough money for more policemen. Both of them are all of a sudden working magic.

Obviously these people who call themselves the Link card police have a husband to take care of them. I don’t have a man to take care of me because I don’t need one, and I’m not going to rely on anybody to take care of me. Since I was 14 years old I have worked. I have a Link card. I don’t appreciate these people who make these comments about Link card users. They clearly have no idea what it is to suffer nowadays.

The United States is still in a serious recession. Some people can’t find a job and others are losing their homes. Some people are having a hard time putting food on the table and gasoline in their cars. How do you think these people feel when they read a Detroit pitcher and a San Francisco catcher are getting more than $300 million between them for throwing a ball around. Where are our moral priorities?

Alsip Joe

Does one plus one equal three? Of course not, but if we pass a law saying one plus one equals three and the Supreme Court affirms it, then it must be right. That is just like saying gay marriage is right. Making something legal does not make it right.

Bridgeview

My compliments to Donna Vickroy for her outstanding achievements in editorial writing. The SouthtownStar should be proud of staffer Ms. Vickroy. She has a way of writing that brings to life the simplest of stories. When you read about an individual who is the highlight of her particular story you really want to meet that person and find out more about them. Some day Ms. Vickroy should compile some of her best articles into a book. She can call it “Footprints of South Siders.”

Bernadine from Palos Heights

Do you want the government to make your health care decisions? I think Obamacare takes away your freedom and forces you into government-run health care. I want the same health care as first lady Michelle and President Barack Obama will have. I’ve earned it.

To the Frankfort grocery store customer who was first in line waiting for a parking spot that was stolen by the smart alecks: I think your situation is so typical of encounters with most teenagers and young adults in this society, and it’s getting worse. Their rude and selfish behavior is reflective of the parents or guardians who have raised these punks. It’s obvious they weren’t taught to “treat others the way they would want to be treated.”

Oak Lawn

To Chicago Bulls players Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, you missed out on a historic game: The Bulls stopped the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak. I hope you both are feeling better with your huge contracts.

I don’t know if former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. will be able to hold public office again after he serves his time. If he can, what do you think the probability will be that he’d win again? My suspicion is that he’d have a real good chance to be re-elected, because his constituents apparently frequently don’t consider criminal activity a deterrent to being re-elected to public office. That’s sad.

To all the people who complain about WGN-TV (Channel 9) metereologist Tom Skilling: Turn to WLS-TV (Channel 7)’s morning news and watch Tracy Butler. She’ll tell you “ it might rain today” and then go on and on about the TV show “Dancing With the Stars” or the soaps. Talk about a camera hog.

Midlothian

I just have to ask. Hey, Cook County Commissioner William Beavers, who once accused former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of being a capon, who is the capon now?



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