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Speak Out for April 15, 2013

Exterior Franciscan Express Care Frankfort Illinois Thursday March 28 2013. A new Franciscan Urgent Care this being built Chicago Heights

Exterior of the Franciscan Express Care in Frankfort, Illinois, Thursday, March 28, 2013. A new Franciscan Urgent Care that is being built in Chicago Heights will be modeled after the Frankfort facility. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 16, 2013 6:21AM



I hope that Franciscan Physician Alliance’s new urgent care center in Chicago Heights will be just as good as its sister site, which opened in April in Frankfort.

I would like to congratulate Our Lady of the Woods in Orland Park for their charitable programs. We at St. Fabian Catholic Church in Bridgeview have a similar program. The response from our parishioners is exceptionally fulfilling and heartwarming. Ask and you shall receive.

I was amazed to see the outstanding matchstick models created by Tinley Park World War II veteran Vince Santolin. What an amazing and talented artist! I wish his creations could be displayed somewhere in the village for all to enjoy. His work is truly remarkable. Great job, Vince!

The visits by Michelle Obama were nice, but you can have 100 first ladies come to Chicago to grieve over the killing of young people.Absolutely nothing is going to change. Street gangs are the retailers for the multimillions of dollars of drugs sold on the streets of Chicago. The fighting over the drug territories and the drug money is the cause of all the killings. Stop the drugs and the killings will stop. When is the last time the Chicago police announced a major drug bust?

Herb T. from Hazel Crest

Our vulnerable are seniors who put their work time in. Meals on Wheels will come once a week. They get very little to eat.

I received a notice from Cook County Clerk David Orr informing me where my Election Day polling place was. It was written in three languages: English, Spanish and an unknown. I asked all the judges at the polling place on the morning when I voted if they could identify the language. No one could. I think if you can’t speak English you have no business voting. The ballots are in English.

JS from Oak Lawn

My motto is: “stay out of my bedroom, and I’ll stay out of yours.” What consenting adults do is their business. With that said, it’s been known for a long time that Americans lag behind in science knowledge compared to other developed countries. That must be why so many condone gay marriage. I do not understand how any parent would tell their normal heterosexual child that experimenting with the same sex is normal.

The Link card is a minor situation. If you feel that you pay taxes and others don’t, that would be considered a form of discrimination towards your fellow man.At least we’re helping each other. Let’s focus on the government. We’re able to help out foreign countries. In return, are they helping us out in with America’s debt? No. Let’s focus on concerns and not on complaints of others.

Willie from Oak Forest

I am so tired of driving the streets of Chicago with all the gang symbols on all the stop signs, other street signs, garages, etc.Come on, Chicago Police Department! I think you know who these symbols belong to and who are the leaders. Find them, arrest them and make them clean it up.

I have a question for everyone who complains about how President Obama has raised their taxes. Exactly which of your taxes are higher now than they were when George Bush was president? Unless you’re making over $400,000 a year I believe the correct answer is none.

Independent-thinking Pam must have never been in a courtroom. If she had, she wouldn’t have had to question how an atheist or Satanist — she forgot to include Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and Scientologists — get sworn in at court. From what I’ve seen, all one does in Illinois is raise their right hand and swear to tell the truth. No Bible is used and no god is called upon.

Chicago

Though not the victor, thanks to Steve Eberhardt and his team for making an otherwise uncontested election of Tinley Park incumbents interesting and eye-opening. It’s too bad that more people did not at least pay attention, weigh the facts and get out to vote. It could be another 30-plus years before we have the opportunity. Will Mayor Ed Zabrocki still be on the ballot then?

Tinley Park

Thank goodness for our furry friends. Where would our lives be without the unconditional love of our pets? They wake us up in the morning with a nuzzle, and they welcome us home from a long day with nothing but affection. If you don’t have a pet in your life, maybe you should visit one of the Southland’s shelters and add a dog, cat, ferret, guinea pig or another animal to your family. Your life will be better for it, and the animal will be grateful to have a fur-ever home.

Regarding the school board election: A special thanks to all the residents in Rich Township High School District 227 who voted for change.

Delores W. from Olympia Fields

Seeing how many people turned out for film critic Roger Ebert’s memorial was inspiring. To see his wife, Chaz, smile and celebrate his life was a testament to her strength and his influence. The comments from fans, friends and stars were touching. And how appropriate was it to have the event at the Chicago Theatre? After all, Ebert does have a sidewalk medallion bearing his name under that historic venue’s very marquee. We’ll miss your reviews of the movies, big and small, but most of all we’ll miss your wit and your wisdom. You were truly one of a kind.

With all the rain we’ve had, I’m already sick of April showers and hoping for May flowers.



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