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Speak Out for June 27, 2013

Plainfield native MelissMcCarthy (left) plays BostDetective ShannMullins SandrBullock stars as FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn 'The Heat.' (AP Photo/20th Century

Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy (left) plays Boston Detective Shannon Mullins and Sandra Bullock stars as FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn in "The Heat." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Gemma La Mana)

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Updated: July 30, 2013 7:43AM



Who’s excited to check out Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy in her new movie “The Heat” with Sandra Bullock? I still love McCarthy for her portrayal of Sookie St. James on the TV show “Gilmore Girls.”

We buried the patriarch of our family, a Purple Heart Korean War veteran on June 19. As the procession of cars made its way to the cemetery I was so moved by the homeless man on 143rd Street and Harlem Avenue. He removed his hat, placed it over his heart and bowed his head. As we made the turn, he turned as well. I was so moved by this simple act of respect. God bless him.

Looting, rioting and bottles thrown at police after the Chicago Blackhawks win was where else but the Wrigleyville district? Maybe if the Chicago Cubs would win with any regularity, people might learn to celebrate with dignity. Losers!

Joe from Homer Glen

I have gone back to church and finally understand free will. Michele commented that Lucifer became evil all on his own. In other words, it’s because he, like us, has free will and it is what we, not God, do with free will that makes the evil and sin in the world. The problem is that our free will affects what happens to others.

Linda from Orland

I’m sick and tired of hearing about the Chicago school closings. Many of these schools are almost empty. I think most parents in Chicago in no way pay enough taxes to support these schools. Single moms with five, six, seven and eight kids and who get more money back in tax refunds than I think they pay, have no voice as far as I’m concerned. I’m tired of paying for women with no morals to breed kids they can’t support.

When there is a gang-killing funeral, the police should search the cars for guns as people enter the cemetery.

Worth

I wonder if those who are in favor of scrutinizing the tax-exempt status of Tea Party-type groups are just as concerned about politically motivated groups like the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and Planned Parenthood?

Bill from Oak Forest

I am thrilled about the Illiana Corridor proposal. It will make it easier to get our of this miserable and corrupt state of Illinois.

I agree with the Speak Out commenter who said affirmative action should level the playing field. You said our suburban schools are well-funded. That’s true. Let us not forget our property taxes are three times what you are paying in Chicago. The well-funded south suburban school district I live in has been on the watch list for years, so I am getting nothing for the money. I think the politicians do not want the masses educated. I think they prefer to keep you in government handouts just so they can say, “Vote for me. Look what I have given you.”

Kudos to Palos Hills Ald. Marty Kleefisch who is at least trying to get Harlem Avenue cleaned up before the upcoming summit for economic development in the southwest suburbs. Maybe Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki will consider the same and give Oak Park Avenue some kind of chance for new business. Weeds and boarded windows are becoming the norm. Even if tax dollars had to pay for some regular maintenance or purchasing of properties that should be demolished, it would be money well spent and could pay off in the long run.

Tinley Park

That traitor Edward Snowden, when caught, should be quickly tried and then executed. He is no better than a Benedict Arnold.

Damien from Burbank

I’m an American believer of equality and I don’t understand why the Food Network fired Paula Deen and what she’s apologizing for. What ever happened to freedom of speech and opinion? I think if a black person said anything derogatory about a white person and got fired, the station would be getting sued and/or pulled off the air.

I commented on the person who called the jury in the Jody Arias’ trial brain-dead. Of course I own a television. It’s just that I have more things to fill my life than watching a sensational murder trial and commenting negatively about it as if it were a scripted TV show. I never said all TV watching is a waste of time. But watching too much of what passes for entertainment these days can leave one feeling you’ve wasted your time, which apparently was how the original commenter felt. The ending wasn’t to their liking and they were let down.

Chicago

We all need to stand up and cheer Phil Kadner for his column about freedom or security. My friends, if you do not know what President Obama is all about, you will never know. In fact, when you do realize who he is, it will be to late.

Homewood

People seem to think we should show leniency in the sentencing of former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. because he is the father of school-age children. Are the same people concerned with the welfare of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s children? They are school-age and they have to grow up the next 13 or so years absent a father Why should Jackson be different?

When it comes to border security and immigration, if we built a moat and filled it with a river full of hot and bubbling lava, surrounded it with huge alligators and had it patrolled by soldiers armed with nuclear weapons, Republicans would still say the borders are not secure enough. I think this is a scam to vote for but never enforce immigration reform.



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