Speak Out for May 7, 2013
May 6, 2013 3:52PM
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Updated: June 8, 2013 6:21AM
I donate pet food to the local shelter. They need our help with supplies. I hope it saves animals from death and is not a welfare handout. Make sure people who adopt can afford to feed them.
About the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Poppy Days: I want to thank everyone who gave to a veteran selling poppies. It was clear that those who donated were proud Americans and truly support our veterans. The monies collected are for veterans’ programs such as hospital work, veterans in need, veterans overseas, etc. With government cuts, our veterans are losing the battle for what was promised to them when they proudly served our country. With Memorial Day approaching, if you see a veteran selling poppies. put a buck in the can.
Dave S. from Oak Lawn.
People are already complaining about red-light cameras on school buses being another way to bleed money from the people.If you don’t break the law you don’t have to pay a fine. I think it’s a great idea. The only way you can stop these idiots is through the wallet. I live in Midlothian and would love to see the police give more tickets to speeders: the ones that turn right on red right in front of you, and the two and three cars that go through after their left-turn arrow is red. Make them pay.
I don’t know why we have people protesting minimum wages. If you don’t make enough at the place you’re at then go someplace else that pays more. That’s the way it used to be.
Don from Chicago
I frequently shop at a discount department store near Countryside. On several occasions I have seen managers dressing down their poor employees in front of all the customers. Somebody please teach these managers the virtues of human kindness and diplomacy.
Kathy from Palos Hills
After reading Phil Kadner’s column in May 5’s SouthtownStar, it seems Crestwood Mayor Lou Presta is following in former Mayor Chester Stranczek’s footsteps. It is Presta’s way or the highway. Lou Presta seems to have an answer for everything.I am cutting out that article to post on my bulletin board to see what happens in one year. For the Crestwood residents, I hope he can turn this town around.
The Chicago contract with Chicago Parking Meters LLC is horrible and should be broken. It’s a crime against every working person in Chicago. The deal was a catastrophe from the beginning. How the Chicago City Council passed it was a disgrace and a burden on every working and visiting person in the city. To allow this debacle to continue for 75 years is sacrilege.
Illinois lost more than 17,000 jobs in March. I wonder what the Democrats in Illinois will do now. I guess they will put their heads together and think of something to tax like gasoline, cigarettes, tanning, soda, parking, businesses or properties.
The horror of the Bangladesh building collapse rests on the shoulders of clothing manufacturers, many of them American. To make obscene profits, companies left America for countries where there seems to be no concern for the safety, dignity or living conditions of their employees. In China, some employees jump off roofs, committing suicide because of the working conditions. Thanks to the unions here, employees are to have safe working conditions and a living wage. Unfortunately, I think our government promotes leaving America. To people who blame unions: You are free to go work in the Third World at any time.
Why is it that every time I sit down to eat dinner with my family and watch television, they throw a plotline in where two gay dudes are kissing?Where is the Federal Communications Commission? This is not appropriate.
Rick from Evergreen Park
I am amazed some people still want to find a conspiracy where none exists. Maybe they found the 9/11 conspirators in two days because their names were on flight manifests with only a few hundred other names. That’s no comparison to having to scan a crowd of thousands in Boston.
Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed legislation to provide ComEd with rate hikes, professing he doesn’t want to hurt the people. Just what did his 67 percent increase in state income tax do for the fixed-income crowd? ComEd is regarded as a monopoly even though its service territory is northern Illinois. Meanwhile, the government takes in all of the state. Who is the bigger monopoly here? Governor, you fit the image of a typical Illinois politician. That is a two-faced hyprocrite.
I read a story about a 24-year-old college graduate living in her parent’s basement and working a minimum-wage job. She is overworked, underpaid, overeducated and in debt with student loans up to her eyeballs. She put in 140 applications and has yet to get the jobs she wants. Welcome to President Obama’s economy. Our paychecks are going down. Our taxes are going up. Remember, you voted for him not once but twice.
Hey, Chicago Bulls’ fans, forget about Derrick Rose. He’s not a basketball player anymore. In fact, he’s going into acting. In fact, he’s got a starring role in the Chicago version of “The Wizard of Oz.” He’s going to be the Tin Man.
Larry M. from Oak Forest
Anyone who might have played a part in the underfunding of Illinois’ pensions should have to forfeit their pensions and generous retirement benefits.That could clean house. But in this state, passing a law for that is less probable than them not being re-elected.