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Speak Out for April 26, 2013

Dogs often can be seen with their heads out window as vehicles drive by.  |  Getty Images file

Dogs often can be seen with their heads out the window as vehicles drive by. | Getty Images file photo

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Updated: May 29, 2013 7:13AM



Dogs go to the veterinarian and park among other things. Put a barrier or restrict them to the back seat of a vehicle.

A very heartfelt “thank you” to the fine staff at Culver’s on 183rd Street. My wife and I were visiting our grandchildren in Homewood. When I got home I realized my grandfather’s ring that has been in the family for many generations was missing. The only thing I could think of was I must have lost it at Culver’s while helping my granddaughter in and out of her chair. When we went back to Culver’s the manager had it waiting for me with a big smile on his face, and he was happy for me that I had found it.

It looks like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn are criticizing Texas Gov. Rick Perry for trying to take jobs to Texas. Why don’t they get off of their butts and try to do something for Illinois?

John from Chicago

My wife and I made a trip to Wisconsin. We bought gasoline in Mokena for $4.15 per gallon. Eighty miles later at Interstate 90 at an oasis the gas was $3.45 per gallon. I’d like to know how there can be a 70 cent-per-gallon difference in prices 80 miles later within the same state.

Roy from Tinley Park

Another shooting just took place in Chicago. Let’s prepare for Air Force One to land with someone to attend the funeral. After all, it’s President Obama’s neighborhood.

I’ve seen that some people like to drive 45 mph in a 55-mph zone. If you think you are being safe then you’re wrong. Take a look behind you and see the 10 cars you are jamming up. All you need is one person in that line to lose patience and try to start passing in a no passing zone to really cause trouble.

It was nice watching the Chicago White Sox and not listening to Hawk Harrelson announcing the game. He should be announcing some minor league baseball team.

I guess the FBI worked just fine despite being threatened with government cuts. We were told every service would suffer when the mandatory cuts started to kick in. I guess the FBI can still investigate and catch criminals. I wonder if teachers will still be able to teach. I wonder if planes will still take off and land. I wonder if the politicians in Washington, D.C., will still be able to politick. Wait. That last one was not cut. It’s strange how many public services were threatened to be cut but salaries were never going to be cut.

We Catholics are going to keep on praying the rosary. We’ll include you in our prayers.

Steven from Orland Park

I don’t mean to sound like a senior citizen or an old-timer of any of those cliches. But it seems to me that back in the day when the national anthem was played, not just one person sang it but everybody in the stadium sang it. I can remember this from going to a lot of ball games at Comiskey Park. Is it because people have forgotten the words or the tune? What is the reason that we don’t sing the national anthem all together? It should be 35,000 people singing rather than just one.

John from Bridgeport

I think it’s time that we start registering people who buy steam cookers. They are very dangerous. They have multiple rounds depending how well you pack them. They are automatic, and in the hands of the wrong person they are very dangerous, just like a car.

Please take care of these people and towns that are flooded out. They have lost everything. Quit feeding all of these other countries and take care of the United States. There are all kinds of disasters right here. Forget Syria and everyone else overseas.

Dick from Stickney

If I hear one more parent saying something like, “He didn’t do it because he’s a good and loving child. He must have been framed,” even after evidence points to their child committing an act of crime, then I’m going to scream.

A recent headline read, “Social Security disability program ‘in crisis.’ ” For those who are disabled, the program is designed to help with their needs. However, I think it is being abused. There are people who are collecting payments who are no longer disabled, but we don’t have the resources to go back and check them. Therefore, they are milking and draining this system.

There is a commercial with a young boy singing about the secondhand smoke that he is breathing because of his mom and dad’s cigarettes. OK. I get it. My grandchildren are breathing in my secondhand smoke. Read the disinfectant can that you spray all over. Read the air freshener can that you spray all over your house because it stinks. What are your children breathing in?

Libraries are special when an entire week is devoted to them. National Library Week was April 14 to April 20. Various programs were conducted in all libraries for adults and youth. When a president leaves office, the first rule of business is to decide where to build a library to house their important papers. The library will forever bear the name of that president. Maybe your city or town will one day house a presidential library.

Bernadine from Palos Heights

Someone stated they thought water polo was a worthless sport. I agree, but does it top curling? Hey, if people want to engage in these sports fine but not on the taxpayers’ dime. Nor should they be Olympic sports.



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