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Country star Tim McGraw right poses with James Van Thach retired U.S. Army infantry captawhile surprising veterans Outback Steakhouse as

Country star Tim McGraw, right, poses with James Van Thach, a retired U.S. Army infantry captain, while surprising veterans at Outback Steakhouse as part of the Military Mates program in Orland Park, Ill., on May 24, 2013. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 6, 2013 6:34AM



It was nice to see country music star Tim McGraw taking the time to meet veterans and active service personnel as part of the Operation Homefront program at Outback Steakhouse in Orland Park.

I want to give a big thumbs-up to Ricardo, of Diamond Pancake House in Oak Forest. He took it upon himself to see that a momma duck and her babies got across busy 159th Street safe and sound.

Sandi K.

To the person who found or stole my wallet on June 3 at Ultra Foods or Fagen Pharmacy in Lansing: I had just returned from cancer treatment and got a prescription filled. When I got home I noticed my wallet was missing. I’ve been going through a lot with my health so I hope whoever has it has enjoyed spending the money. The money and the few cards I had can be replaced but the pictures and memories are gone forever. If you still have the wallet I hope you have a conscience and will return my memories to me.

Mike

I read the recent article in the SouthtownStar on state workers’ concerns over their pensions and the concerns of Paul Morton from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services about health costs.I would like to say to him and all the others: Welcome to the real world. I suggest they have a long talk with their neighbors who actually pay the taxes for these public-service workers to receive their lifetime pensions and health care to see what their neighbors have been going through for the past 25 years.

BJ from Frankfort

Don’t you get the sense that many of the protesters you see on television are in essence full-time protesters? Many of them are not contributors to society, but they find the compulsion to demonstrate in public to see themselves on television. You get the sense that these protests are nothing more than social events among people with nothing else that they are willing to do.

Tom from Evergreen Park

It’s not appropriate to let your child just keep screaming in restaurants. Back in the day, mothers who were true mothers took their children outside in order to not disturb others and disciplined their child or made him stop crying. If your child cannot be contained in a restaurant, then he is not ready to be out in public. Your child is a reflection of you. You do not want to pose a bad reflection.

Pete from Oak Lawn

Regarding the Cook County Jail inmates’ chess matches vs. Russian inmates: We have to pay for our own laptop computers. These inmates apparently get to use them for zilch. Our tax dollars pay for these laptop computers. What gives here? They are criminals for Pete’s sake. I think it’s a waste of our tax dollars for this venture.

J from Homewood

I think it is certainly a shame that we pay our legislators, both state and federal, when they fiddle around until the last day of a session and then adjourn with very little accomplished. It also seems that they are very often on recess or vacation. They get paid to work.

What’s with some of the commercials on television being in Spanish on English-speaking stations? Enough! If I want to see Spanish on TV I will turn on one of the many Spanish-language stations. Are English-language commercials shown on those networks so they can learn English? I’m just asking.

Why has there been little public outrage at U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush’s statement to U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk calling Kirk’s idea an “upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about”? If it had been Kirk calling Rush “boy,” not only would he have been publicly crucified but he would’ve been forced to resign. Perhaps Kirk considered the source and shrugged it off. I believe 100 percent in free speech so let’s not go off the deep end when a white person makes a racist comment about a black person, or the president says someone is pretty.

Hurry up and build that Peotone airport that, time and time again, has been shown to be an Illinois money loser. More politicians need to retire (or get voted out) and take up jobs with the companies getting the lucrative contracts. I’m sorry, but politicians have taken over the spot previously held by used car salesmen.

Ken from Crete

The Link card and free health care should go to the men and women who are fighting for America, not to girls who are irresponsible and have one kid after another with their gangbanger boyfriends who never change.

I don’t understand why people are spending so much money to see the Rolling Stones in concert when they’re only seeing three original members. Co-founding member Brian Jones has been dead since 1969. Mick Taylor, Brian’s replacement, left the band in the 1970s and Bill Wyman, the original bass player, left decades ago as well. So what’s the big deal?

Burbank

Congress will probably never get the truth about the Internal Revenue Service scandal; the Benghazi, Libya, scandal or any of the other problems that have been created by this White House. It all leads back to the White House. Impeachment is the only thing that may help.

My husband and I are trying to formulate a plan to get out of Tinley Park and Illinois if we can. It’s a shame. What has Tinley Park become with the murders, robberies and the people not keeping up their property? Tinley Park is gone as we know it.

To drivers: Please put the phones down and stop texting.



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