Speak Out for June 6, 2013
June 5, 2013 3:36PM
Many Southlanders are celebrating graduation as the class of 2013. | Michael R. Schmidt~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 7, 2013 12:45PM
I just wanted to say congratulations to all the graduates. I wish you the best of luck in high school, college or whatever you will be doing.
In light of this recent Memorial Day, this 80-year-old veteran would like to stand and salute Phil Kadner, of the SouthtownStar, for his excellent column about the Edward Hines Veterans Affairs clinic in Oak Lawn. The old veterans still do not have their chairs back and wherever this mid-management directive came from is wrong and just plain mean. Give us our chairs back. And to you, Mr. Kadner: You are a patriot and again thank you.
Gerald L. from Palos Hills
I’m tired of hearing people spout the same tired excuses against gay marriage. Why anyone would think people would sue churches for not marrying gay couples is beyond me. Churches already have their own rules about who they will marry. Many denominations will not marry straight couples if at least one, or sometimes both, are not practicing members of that religion. Many houses of worship will not even allow their own pastor, priest or rabbi to take part in a wedding ceremony at a church of another denomination. I don’t see a flood of lawsuits for any of this.
I just read about how Apple is saving billions due to tax loopholes. The article also states that this is totally legal and many other multinational companies use the same tax techniques to avoid paying taxes on profits they reap overseas. This is unbelievable yet there are still small-minded people who are so concerned about Link card abuse. Wake up, folks, and realize what is really going on with the money in the world. It’s the old divide and conquer used by the rich to keep us nitpicking at each other while they get away with the farm.
JK from Tinley Park
Despite the Electric Daisy Carnival being so loud I’d like to see it come back. I’m 23 years old and I don’t drink, smoke or do drugs, but I do like quality entertainment. The only thing available for young adults after 9 or 10 p.m. are bars and stores like Wal-Mart. From what I hear from everyone that went, they had an amazing time so I hope Electric Daisy Carnival comes back so I can enjoy it for myself. Finally there’s something fun to keep us out of trouble.
Along with gasoline prices, Crook County and Chicago, in particular, has the highest meter parking rates in the United States at $6.50 per hour in the downtown business district.
I wonder what is happing to Lincoln Mall in Matteson. Why aren’t any stores coming to our town? I’m starting to get sick of driving to Orland Park Place and River Oaks Center in Calumet City to go to stores such as Macy’s, K&G, Kirkland’s, etc. Also, to Macy’s and all other stores: Can you please bring your store to our community?
I have not found any feedback regarding Casey Toner’s recent article in the SouthtownStar, so congratulations to Nancy Spaniak and her team for getting Homewood-Flossmoor High School recognized as one of only 3,000 schools worldwide to be granted International Baccalaureate World School status and having H-F’s Gifted Academy students using the elite high school curriculum.
BJ from Olympia Fields
I think the Internal Revenue Service has the right and a duty to investigate newly formed entities like the so-called Tea Party. They’re just a boisterous group of malcontents with no real agenda but opposing anything President Obama might suggest. Why should they escape scrutiny? I think the president should stop apologizing for things he had no control over.
Regarding state spending: Please, can anyone tell me how Illinois can spend $71 million to buy property for a new south suburban airport as Gary/Chicago International Airport’s tower is set to close?
Jim S. from Evergreen Park
Marriage as defined by government is a legal contract, which provides certain legal and financial advantages. Government does not and cannot force organized religions to recognize marriages between people in opposition to the religion’s beliefs. Organized religions should not be able to dictate who is allowed to enter into legal contracts to obtain those legal and financial advantages. Imagine if a religion dictated that only men may buy and sell real estate. Would government be expected to comply? The use of the word “marriage” only confuses things since it obviously has two entirely different meanings and purposes.
If the U.S. government lets China buy the world’s largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods, this country is in big trouble. It looks like our elected officials are asleep at the wheel as usual.
Dennis from Oak Forest
One more comment about “useless” water polo: Check out June 5’s issue of the SouthtownStar on Pages 52 and 53. Go, girls, and kudos to my freshman niece in Naperville swimming on the varsity water polo team. Thanks for the thrills. Now let’s put this one to rest.
MLB from Homer Glen
I’m an offended resident in U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush’s district, and I think the abhorrent and politically racist comment about U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s “elitist white boy solution to a problem” demonstrates the lack of black leadership sorely needed in these gang-ravaged areas. At least the “white boy” expressed interest in seeking solutions for safer communities. Where is the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Bobby Rush?