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Volunteer Matt Doorneweerd Homer Glen demonstrates bug viewer near farm pond outside Little Red Schoolhouse Tuesday May 28 2013 near

Volunteer Matt Doorneweerd, of Homer Glen, demonstrates a bug viewer near the farm pond outside Little Red Schoolhouse Tuesday, May 28, 2013, near Willow Springs. The center will host Nature is Accessible Day on June 6. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 5, 2013 2:26PM



Bravo to the Little Red Schoolhouse near Willow Springs for hosting Nature is Accessible Day on June 6. It makes the effort of volunteers like Matt Doorneweerd worth it.

Congratulations to St. Xavier University’s softball team on their magical season. Their overall record was 50-9 and they ended the season as one of the final eight teams in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in Columbus, Ga. Along with these outstanding statistics, they were America’s best fielding team with a fielding percentage of .981. Great job, girls, on your outstanding season! We look forward to next season.

Nancy from Matteson

People need to go back to driving school. I have a nasty paint scratch on the back passenger corner of my car because one of you people wanted to pass me and make a right turn at the intersection where there is no right-turn lane. Blocking the crosswalk is a traffic violation. I’m not going to move up just because you can’t wait for the light to turn green.

Joliet

If you want to get the most out of WGN-TV (Channel 9) chief meteorologist Tom Skilling’s forecast you have to be able to watch and listen at the same time. If you want a simple forecast there are plenty of places that will give you what you want. If you want to understand why the weather happens and listen to the most accurate forecast around, listen to Skilling.

In reference to walking the dogs, I also live in an area where people actually cross the street so their dogs can do their business. Of course the side of the street happens to belong to the Oak Forest Metra station lawn with a sign that says to clean up after your dog. It doesn’t happen. For those who cross over the grass, watch your step. There is no consideration for thy neighbor.

Willie from Oak Forest

Why is it that everything President Obama wants to change has to be “comprehensive”? Isn’t there anything that we can just fix, repair or tweak? Everything is not broken. Much of it needs to be either tweaked or, as in most cases, the current law just need to be enforced. Immigration needs to be fixed not overhauled. Laws need to be enforced not overhauled. Health care needs to be tweaked and definitely not overhauled or given to the government to control. I think the government does not do anything well and should not be given the control over health care.

It’s no wonder the Chicago Cubs haven’t won a pennant or World Series in such a long time. They make such stupid deals. How can they give pitcher Edwin Jackson a multiyear deal for millions when he was dumped by so many different teams? As of making this comment, Jackson has a 1-8 record and is getting worse by each game. They could have taken his wasted salary and put it toward the new Wrigley Field scoreboard. Talk about a dumber-than-a-rock deal. How long are they going to put up with this waste-of-money guy? Dump him or trade him.

Alsip Joe

A Speak Out Commenter said laws should be passed against all the “nuts” running loose. There’s not much chance of that. In recent years, the mental health policies in America have encouraged closing state psychiatric hospitals and releasing patients to outpatient community clinics, which don’t exist in many areas. Patients cannot be forced to report to these clinics or take prescribed medications. Many end up on the streets. And families have a very difficult time finding affordable and effective mental health services for their relatives who need them. The state of Illinois continues to cut the budget for mental health.

Lemont

Here we go with more fearmongering. Someone commented in Speak Out, trying to scare everyone into believing that there is a systematic dismantling of the Constitution by the progressives. That is so ridiculous. I think the increasing dependence on government is due to low wages that put people into poverty, the shipping of jobs overseas and the bad economy due to the antics on Wall Street. The wealth is concentrated in very few hands in the United States. The problem is not the poor, rather it is the lobbyists, the rich and the powerful manipulating our system in their favor.

A Speak Out commenter was knocking former Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher. At least Urlacher was man enough to walk away from $2 million when he knew he couldn’t perform up to his standards anymore. I respect him for that. On the other hand, former Chicago Cub Andre Dawson kept signing contracts when he probably knew his knees were shot. I don’t respect him.

Pete from Chicago

Like Ruth, some may think that the new downtown Orland Park project is ugly. If they want to see really ugly, take a look at the area that was supposed to be the site of Tinley Park’s downtown redevelopment. Village officials may not want to see it, but the rest of us — including people coming and going from the train every day — do. It speaks volumes of what has been allowed to happen to this once charming area.

Tinley Park

We have many scandals in the Obama administration like Operation Fast and Furious; Benghazi, Libya; the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative groups and the targeting of the Associated Press and Fox News. President Obama is making President Nixon look like an angel. This is ridiculous. This president seems to be getting away with all sorts of illegal acts, and people are just sitting there. I’m ashamed we have so many foolish people in America.

Dawn from Midlothian



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