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Speak Out for April 30, 2013

Craig Engberg owner Morgan's Thunder Bowl which is being renamed The Alley Grill Tap House talks about changes business MokenIllinois

Craig Engberg, owner of Morgan's and Thunder Bowl, which is being renamed The Alley Grill and Tap House, talks about the changes to the business in Mokena, Illinois, Thursday, April 25, 2013. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 1, 2013 6:33AM



Good luck to Craig Engberg and his brother, Paul, on the revamp of Morgan’s Thunder Bowl’s bar and dining portion. The Alley Grill & Tap House’s grand opening sounds like a lot of fun.

I’m a Navy veteran of World War II and Korea. I have survived a triple bypass and colon and prostate cancer, all within the past 20 years. I will be 85 years old this July and I am still here. I have my prayer book from the service taped with duct tape. Someone higher than you and me answered all my prayers and is still hearing mine. I am a blessed man thanks to my belief in God and Jesus Christ.

Mick from Tinley Park

I agree with the Speak Out commenter who said people do not care about a job loss unless they go through it. I have a friend who is rich and will never understand how it is not to be living from paycheck to paycheck. Her bragging is killing our friendship. Until you walk in our shoes keep your bragging rights to yourself. Truly, I think anyone who has to brag daily about their wealth is insecure.

I think women who aren’t married and keep popping out babies yearly should be paid for the first child. Maybe the United States would be better off financially.

Lansing

Freedom of speech is one thing but having common sense is another. Why can’t certain things such as how to make a bomb be banned on the Internet?

Schools should be talking less about sex. I think it’s the parents’ job to talk to their kids about sex. It’s an adult issue and something families should be interested in discussing.Instead, they should be talking more about eating disorders. Many people don’t even know what an eating disorder truly is. Eating disorders are destroying young teens, both boys and girls. With social media, there are millions of accounts. Bingeing and purging is a social norm to some. Eating 500 calories and purging or overexercising is dieting advice from others. If there is a hell, anorexia is definitely it.

Joliet

To the Chicago Cubs’ fan who said Cubs fans are more loyal than Chicago White Sox fans: Every year I hear the same talk. The Cubs always draw well because of Chicago’s Wrigleyville area. Half the so-called fans don’t give a darn about the game. Win or lose they’ll be back at the bar. That’s why I think you guys are the laughingstock of major league sports.

Anybody who suspects child abuse should call the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services hot line at (800) 252-2873. You don’t have to have consummate proof. Give them the details and they will proceed from there.

Orland Park

Democrats should be forced to be in office. Their pay and benefits should be cut severely until the deficit is reduced, the teachers’ and state employee pensions funds repaid and the state of Illinois made whole. From that point on elections will be reinstated and pay and benefits will be aligned with standard market rates. They should be glad to serve in office as I am sure the other party would be glad to take their jobs.

Ken

I think the appropriate response to the capturing of the Boston marathon bomber is solidarity among the American people, but I don’t know if it’s appropriate to have people shouting as if they are at a sporting event. These sights are shown worldwide. I think the American people who have acted dignified need to show that to the world. We shouldn’t be clapping and applauding like we are watching a sporting event. We can be saluting or waving a flag, but I don’t think it’s appropriate to be whooping and hollering.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s attempt to lure businesses away from Illinois should be a wake-up call for our government to realize that we are in a bad situation with the pension problem and everything else. If we are doing nothing to keep the businesses here in Illinois, then good luck to any businesses that decide to go. More power to them!

A note to unidentifiable parents: Why were your children still out on the streets at 3 a.m. on a Sunday, drinking beer, smoking, talking loudly and littering. Why weren’t they home in bed? Were you even aware that they were out of the house? You might also want to teach them to clean up after themselves. They left their beer cans on the lawn and in the street.

My husband and I attended the concert of the Southwest Symphony Orchestra in the Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College. It featured Patrick Bieszke, the winner of the SSO Youth Concerto Competition, and the Leyden and Evergreen Park high school choirs. The violinist who won the competition played magnificently and the choirs sang three well-known Giuseppe Verdi choruses. The biggest surprise was the slim audience. Where were the parents of these students?

To the person who doesn’t understand why people don’t use their turn signals: It’s too hard when they’re on their cellular phone or texting. It’s also too hard to stay in their lane and do the speed limit.

Sandi

I think it is difficult for people to gain the knowledge of the sciences and think logically about their ramifications when it means giving up their emotional crutch of an everlasting life after death.

Illinois wants to raise the speed limit on our highways to 70 mph. I say we should lower it back to 55 mph and enforce it. The cars would get better gasoline mileage and there would be fewer fatal accidents. From what I remember, this worked in the 1980s.

Thornton



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