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Speak Out for April 14, 2013

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Updated: May 15, 2013 6:48AM



A student went on a horrific rampage with a knife and wounded at least 14 people at Lone Star College in Texas. Two were in critical condition after the attack. I think we should ban knives.

To all the businesses and schools that posted condolences for the death of Illinois State Trooper James Sauter: Well done!It was a wonderful gesture. Thank you.

The so-called evil National Rifle Association suggested an armed guard in every school, which was quickly vetoed by everyone. Recently, the first family visited a couple of local high schools. Did the Secret Service check their guns at the door to show support of no armed guards in school?

It saddens me when I go out and see a sign in my neighbor’s window asking for the thief to return their statue. I, too, had things stolen from my house. I’m sure this statue meant a lot to my neighbors but the question is: Why aren’t the police doing anything to stop these kids? Why aren’t the parents asking where these items come from? I hope someday these kids have something special stolen from them.

Justice for the people isn’t easily heard over the lawyer’s or actor’s speech. Listen carefully to the real words.

MK from Oak Lawn

You can defy gravity. Go into space. You have that option to get a few degrees and become an astronaut. Ever hear of a slippery-slope argument? That’s what happens when anybody starts arguing against human rights. Circular arguments are the same way. “This is the truth, so this is the only way.” I’d believe everything I saw on the Internet if it didn’t end in “LOL.”

Please know that we Christians who still look at the Bible as our guide know that gay marriage is not a right or privilege. It is an aberration of our human race.

Sue from Orland Hills

To the woman who asked about swearing in nonbelievers: You do not need a make-believe invisible god or a storybook like the Bible to tell the truth. People develop morals through proper nurturing and guidance. People can believe in a god and still do terrible things.

Willow Springs

There have been a lot of comments in Speak Out about Chicago Bulls basketball player Derrick Rose. First, if anyone who follows basketball remembers, in 2012 when Rose injured himself, the talk was that he would most likely miss the entire next season. Second, his injury in the realm of professional basketball was considered a severe injury. Coming back too soon and injuring himself again would mean a lost career. I find it hard to believe so many who are complaining do not know how these things work in the first place.

I agree with the person who referred to Tinley Park as the best village in the southwest suburbs. I believe that my view is shared by the agencies that recognized Tinley Park with several awards to that effect. Unfortunately, there are too many small businesses struggling and closing in all villages and towns, not just in Tinley Park. Please don’t blame Tinley for the state of the U.S. economy.

Don from Tinley Park

Before I give any money to the Chicago Board of Education for my child to go to preschool or kindergarten I will have them tutored at home. I’m not going to support the board. I support them enough with my property taxes. They get enough money. Your broken system is not going to make me bring my child to your school. You can’t force me, so I’m not going to put my child in preschool. Every time you turn around, this greedy city is trying to make money off of people. Enough is enough!

Stay-At-Home Dad columnist Howard A. Ludwig should be ashamed of himself. A $140 bill deserves a 20 percent tip, which equals $28. You are also supposed to tip on the original bill, not the bill after coupons. His bill at Medieval Times would have been more had he not taken advantage of a buy-one, get-one spring break deal. I think you should stay home until you know how to tip.

The chiropractor charges me more for physical therapy than anything. I can stretch on my own for free. I think chiropractors pad the bill.

With the death of Margaret Thatcher,former prime minister of the United Kingdom, people have already begun comparing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Thatcher just as people compare President Obama to President Abraham Lincoln. In both cases, there is no comparison.

Don from Palos Hills

Many of us have learned to get a good education and a good job to support ourselves. We are also supporting those who did not get a good education and good job. Maybe those who receive the Link card should get out and help to clean a park or take some of these other jobs that we have people from other countries taking. Then the Link card users can pay back some of the money they are getting from these entitlements.

Orland Park

To the Speak Out commenter who thinks churches should open their doors to after-school children: I think churches are nonprofits that cannot afford to hire personnel to supervise the children, much less provide janitorial services, heating and insurance. It is the responsibility of parents to make sure their children are safe after school. If you cannot arrange that for your children, you have no business having them.

Oak Forest

I read that TV journalists Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric each make around $15 million a year. What is it they do to justify that income? So much for false comments about our struggling economy!

Terry from Mount Greenwood



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