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Speak Out for April 9, 2013

Tony Caprio looks one orthopedic shoes which he specializes his shop Caprio's Shoes Chicago Illinois Tuesday April 2 2013. |

Tony Caprio looks at one of the orthopedic shoes, which he specializes in at his shop, Caprio's Shoes, in Chicago, Illinois, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 10, 2013 6:27AM



The nearly 90-year-old Tony Caprio sounds like quite the character. It’s amazing that he’s sold shoes along 63rd Street for almost 71 years.

It never occurred to me that anyone would buy a dog online. I think these people know nothing about dogs or any pet. You must meet the dog or cat first to see its temperament and to see how you get along. What dopes! Go to animal welfare, which is a cheaper and a better pet all the way around. Oh and your Snoodle or Golden Doodle or whatever is a mutt that costs way o much.

As dangerous and annoying as the use of handheld cellular phones while driving is, banning talking on them while driving will only increase the frequency of even more dangerous texting, which is a virtually unenforced law from what I’ve seen.

Tinley Park

Regarding the $190 million America gave to Egypt to pay bills: Is that money a gift or a loan? I wonder what country will send us money to get us out of our own debt. When is the United States going to start managing its own financial problems?

Terry from Mount Greenwood

We would like to compliment the Mokena Public Works Department for the fine work that they provided during the last snowfall. Our streets were cleared with precision. We in the Grasmere area were particularly pleased even through we are retired and need not get to jobs. We’re sure our neighbors appreciated the prompt clearing of the snow so they could get out and get to work. This is not the first time we have stated this. Although the village has challenging financial times, public works continue to provide the finest service in the southern suburbs. Keep up the good work!

Bob and Carole S.

When the power goes out, the crews drop the folded stop signs down on the traffic signal post so as not to have accidents at the intersection. When the power comes back on, the stop signs (which supersede the stoplight), stay for days or even weeks. I said “supersede” because that’s what the stop sign does. If the stop sign is dropped into position, I assume the signal is not functioning. I stop, look and proceed with caution. I bet a cop would pinch me for doing what’s a law. If you can drop them down, then pack them up.

Bill

If I read one more comment about gay people not being allowed to marry or to let them marry but not call it marriage because they cannot come up on their own with a child, I will scream. This type of logic also means older couples past their childbearing years, those going into a second marriage who have children from a first and plan on no additional children, those who have decided they don’t want children, or those who know they are infertile shouldn’t be entitled to marry or call their union a marriage even if they’re allowed to marry.

Chicago

In response to the Link card police who comment on 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

Does anyone know why all these people are jumping on the rap and hip-hop bandwagon? I find these musical styles to be no-talent and with bad lyrics.

President Obama is living in the people’s house not his house and it should remain open to school groups wishing to tour it. Perhaps the dollars spent on travel of the president and his family could be curtailed and the monies spent on the people instead of seemingly campaigning all the time on the taxpayer dollars.

If you go to a doctor and say you have two-tenths pain, with 10 being the most, and that doctor says you need to do physical therapy at his facility, then I think he is not practicing medicine for the right reasons.

I’ve been a Chicago Cubs fan since the early 1950s and I say it’s time for a new ballpark. Anyone who has been to one of the newer ballparks knows that Wrigley Field’s time is up. There were great memories, but a new ballpark can create even new and better memories. See ya, rooftop owners.

Denny from Orland Park

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers, where is — as you once said — the “hog with the big nuts” now?

I was watching the NCAA basketball tournament and a commentator mentioned that the level of play was poor. He maintained that the exit of top players to the NBA adversely affected college play. Well, maybe college play is now more reflective of the purpose of intercollegiate athletics, which is to provide athletic competition for true student athletes.

Tom from Evergreen Park

I saw a report about all the federal employees that are delinquent on their federal taxes. How can this be? Aren’t they under the same guidelines as the rest of us taxpayers? I certainly believe that any federal employee, whether a janitor or a congressman, should be fired if they’re behind on their federal taxes. They are no different than us who pay their salaries and lifetime pensions. This should be part of their work contract. If you’re behind on your federal taxes, you are fired. This should be the same for all state employees and their state taxes.

I tipped my newspaper carrier good. What he makes is likely sucked up in gasoline. He’s out there in all weather conditions.



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