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Joe Hinrichs Ford Motor Company's president Americas announces Thursday May 2 2013 thcompany is adding 2000 workers Claycomo Mo. plant

Joe Hinrichs, Ford Motor Company's president of the Americas, announces Thursday, May 2, 2013 that the company is adding 2,000 workers to the Claycomo, Mo. plant, where the the F-150 pickup is made, because of surging U.S. truck demand. The company plans to add a shift with 900 workers in the third quarter of this year to make pickups. That's in addition to the 1,100 workers Ford will hire to make the new Transit van. Those workers will start in the fourth quarter. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, David Eulitt)

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Updated: June 13, 2013 6:52PM



I am proud to be an owner of a Ford car. It was reported that Ford is going to hire 2,000 more workers to keep up with demand.

Longtime resident of Frankfort Mike Meehan passed away after battling with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis for the last couple of years.Mike was instrumental in getting the Frankfort Falcons football program started several years ago. I vote to change the name of Main Park to Meehan Park in Frankfort where they play many of their games.

Pat from Frankfort

It’s a blessing to have the people who deliver the Meals on Wheels. Many are paid but I think the ones in Chicago Heights do not get paid. The Sunshine Club in Chicago Heights is for the seniors, but the volunteers do this willingly, regardless of the type of weather.

Chicago Bulls’ season ticket-holders paid for Derrick Rose (prime rib) and got served Jimmy Butler (chuck steak) instead.

Rick from Evergreen Park

I had the pleasure of hearing the Oak Lawn Community High School Jazz Band perform at Hackney’s. What talent these high school students displayed! Congratulations to their teacher and band director. This school, community and students are blessed to have this group along with National Honor Society, athletes, fishing club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, chorale and all extracurricular activities. It’s great to see and hear great teens.

Prudence Y. from Hometown

How do you want to give millions of immigrants who are in America illegally a driver’s license when my kids, my grandkids and I had to go to classes? What is wrong with this situation here when it seems like they are giving licenses away?

Jim from Oak Forest

Can anyone in Chicago explain why we pay more per gallon for gasoline than many others in the United States? Our politicians representing Illinois should all be loaded on a boat and sent to Russia and put on a chain gang breaking big rocks into little rocks. Rock on, Chicago.

Alsip Joe

There are more than 47 million people on food stamps. Some of them are the working poor who are being paid minimum wage. Some say the answer is to get another part-time job. How simple! If only life was that easy. I hope the ones who are fortunate enough will never need help and be humiliated by being called lazy, a bunch of takers and leeches. May you continue to be self-providing.

After the heavy rains, a tree fell in my back yard. I’m a disabled senior on a very limited income. I couldn’t pay a tree cutter to haul the tree away. The good people at the Glenwood Bible Church cut the tree and hauled it away. The next day, a young girl from the Bloom Township teen program cut my grass and helps me so that I don’t get any fines. Between the teen program and Glenwood Bible Church, I’m able to have things done correctly. I’m truly grateful.

Why does it seem that President Obama got a complete and total pass on Afghanistan? When George W. Bush was president there were constant protests in places like Daley Plaza. Hollywood elite stars would protest the war on a regular basis. I’d pick up the newspaper and read about soldiers killed on a daily basis. I see soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay is still open yet I’ve not seen one protest from the left. Where have all these people gone? Not one protest? It’s amazing to me.

Do you really think that they will find a cure for cancer? Think about the millions of dollars that not only research would lose. Pharmaceutical companies would lose also. I want to thank Costco and grocery stores that are starting to put more organic and non-genetically modified organism items on their shelves. It pays to eat healthy. If you think it costs too much, cancer costs more.

Congratulations to the high school students who made appropriate decisions on their prom weekend. Thank you to the parents who reinforced family values with their children. Thank you to the prom moderators and chaperones who helped the students have a safe and memorable prom.

Bill F.

I had to have my senior cat put down due to cancer. My non-VCA vet was more affordable. He cremated the cat and gave me the option to take the remains or he would dispose of the ashes.

This is to the person who commented, “There are a lot of immigrants who are in the United States illegally who are cutting grass for cash. I think we are wrong for paying them cash.” I think you are wrong for stereotyping and discriminating.

Katie from Chicago

This is for the parasites who permanently live off the Link card. I’ll stop being the Link police when it’s funded by donations. As long as my hard-earned money is taken out of my paycheck to buy your food, liquor, cigarettes and drugs, I have a right to complain. I was a cashier for years and have seen the abuse. The permanent Link cardholders buy everything with the cash.

Thank you to the young man who volunteered to get my stalled car started at the Shell station on Harlem Avenue on May 8. My sons thank you, too.

L. from Tinley Park

To the people of Illinois who keep complaining about Illinois: Why don’t you move out so that the people who like our state can make things better for us? Crybabies only hurt other people.



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