Speak Out for April 10, 2013
April 9, 2013 2:36PM
A "shooter" aims at emergency medical technician candidates portraying students as Hazel Crest, Markham and Country Club Hills police officers participate in a live-shooter drill inside Mae Jemison School in Hazel Crest, IL. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 11, 2013 6:29AM
It’s good to know that the recent live-shooter drill at Mae Jemison School in Hazel Crest was one of many simulations done through the years to keep our schoolchildren safe.
A Speak Out commenter recently talked about radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and the low-information voters. I think he needs to look at the voters that knew former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was going to jail and re-elected him to office, if he wants to find the low-information voters.
JAS from Bridgeport
To the many who continue to complain about welfare recipients: Do you think these people are not really poor? Do you realize most are employed but they make very low wages? What about all the wealthy people abusing our system? Should that be looked into, too? Why haven’t the bankers who participated in the mortgage fraud gone to jail yet? There are many wealthy people getting rich off of our government, but so many are too narrow-minded to even realize that. Instead, you choose to pick on the most vulnerable. Why? It makes me wonder.
Even if the photos were taken for revenge, Illinois Tollway maintenance supervisor Joseph Caffarello was sleeping on the job. This is not the first time he’s messed up either. Get a new job, Joseph, maybe at a mattress factory testing them so you can sleep at work. Give your $78,000 job to someone willing to work.
I’m glad we have the Freedom of Information Act. That way we can find out what is really going on behind the scenes. We need more transparency and term limits in Tinley Park because this government is not working properly or efficiently.
Andy Shaw’s recent column “Preckwinkle administration needs some more sunlight” is the age-old story. When politicians are running for office, they talk about openness and transparency, but once in office they hide behind closed doors and award no-bid contracts to the highest campaign contributors.
Herb from Hazel Crest
According to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, before Social Security was established 75 years ago, more than half of seniors lived in poverty but now less than 10 percent do. Corporations have been eliminating pension plans, and greedy behavior on Wall Street has caused people to lose billions in retirement savings. There is a bill on the table that removes the cap on Social Security taxes. Unfortunately, too many politicians don’t care about the will of the people.
Derrick Rose was injured while doing the job for which the Chicago Bulls hired him. Of course they pay him while he recovers. I don’t think it’s a reduced stipend. You can debate whether or how badly professional athletes are overpaid but when one gets hurt while playing for his team, it’s only fair that they pay him while he recovers. As for those who complain because Rose isn’t returning fast enough, if it was your career on the line I believe you’d also take as long as necessary to make sure you were fully recovered before you came back.
I was doing some independent critical thinking as suggested by some Speak Out commenters and thought about this: How does an atheist or Satanist get sworn in at a court of law? They don’t believe in God or the Bible, so does that let them off the hook for telling the truth?
Pam from Palos Heights
Boos and hisses to the fast-food restaurant driver who blocked three handicapped parking spots with his truck. Applause and cheers to the handicapped lady who called the police. The policeman made the driver move the truck and we were able to use the handicapped spots intended for us.
There is no such thing as a Christian for one’s self. A Christian who does not learn to see and love Christ and his neighbor is not fully a Christian. If we fail to follow our Lord’s command to love God and one another, we will not be counted worthy of his eternal love.
I wish the Legislature would pass a law that said I have the right to defy gravity. Then I could flap my arms and fly away. That sounds absurd. But if I asked for a law that allows me to violate the laws of nature regarding sexual reproduction, people would stand up and applaud.
About the school bus accident in Wadsworth, Ill., luckily no children were seriously injured, but will someone tell me again why school buses don’t have seat belts?
Linda from Evergreen Park
The Ricketts family did not own the Chicago Cubs when the rooftop owners made that 20-year contract. If not honoring it will benefit the Cubs, so be it.I think the rooftop owners are greedy and could care less about what’s best for the Cubs and the city of Chicago.
I am a legalized U.S. citizen who came here through the legal immigration system, and I absolutely am against any legalization of these criminal border crossers.That includes giving them driver’s licenses, medical care, anchor babies or any rights whatsoever in this country. I don’t think they should have any rights. They are here illegally and are criminals.
I got a real kick out of the reader who wrote and said, “I’m not going to rely on anybody to take care of me.” But this person also stated, “I have a Link card.” Who does she think pays for this privilege?
Dave from Palos Park
A loved one recently pointed out that we have eight hours to work and eight hours to sleep. That leaves eight hours to live. The more we work, the less we live.