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Speak Out for July 1, 2013

In this 2012 file phoChris MedinJanet Spencer Barnes (right) mother JulianRamos speak students Tinley Park High School about adjusting life

In this 2012 file photo, Chris Medina and Janet Spencer Barnes (right), mother of Juliana Ramos, speak to students at Tinley Park High School about adjusting to life after Ramos' car accident. | File photo

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Updated: August 2, 2013 6:58AM



Oak Fest is one of my favorite suburban summer festivals. I’m looking forward to Chris Medina’s concert on July 5 and hope he and his fiancee, Juliana Ramos, continue to have hope and love in their lives.

Some Speak Out commenters often stereotype Link card users as lazy bums or women using the Women, Infants, and Children program as promiscuous single women who don’t take care of their five or more children from several fathers. These people need to open their eyes to the reality of unemployment or underemployment and how it affects your neighbors. My daughter and her husband both worked good jobs. For the past three years he has been working part time. She is expecting her second, not sixth, child. She will use WIC without embarrassment. Some hard-working people are struggling out there.

Why is everyone concerned about former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson; when each should go to jail and their children? Didn’t they think of those children when they were committing these crimes? Let the Jacksons worry about those children.

Joe from Lemont

Do you know what is cowardly? It’s flying an airliner into two buildings and killing thousands of people.

Craig from Oak Lawn

Some older people always accuse younger people of being complainers when most of the time, hearing older people complain about having to pay for less-fortunate citizens sounds worse than hearing a baby cry. What happened to empathy? What happened to helping out your fellow man especially if you are well off?

Oak Forest

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton’s pension bill deserves to be voted on and it deserves to be passed. Why won’t Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan get out of the way?

Tinley Park

I feel sorry for children nowadays. College grads are not able to get a job after years of schooling. A college degree now is equal to us having a high school diploma. When I got out of high school I could get a job and in the same day decide I didn’t like that job, walk a block and get another one. I guess the good old days weren’t so bad.

Laura from Worth

I hear former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has signed an agreement to rejoin Fox News. I consider that to be fabulous information. As a liberal, as long as she is in the public eye, it can only be a benefit to us.

Wes from Orland Park

A person commented that education is expensive. It is this way because of those with a vested interest in the so-called education system. This commenter also said people without children should not have to pay for teachers. Do teachers want to pay monthly to purchase stamps from the post office if they don’t use this service? As to there being many illiterate children without these high-priced public schools, what about the one-room schoolhouses before all this education? It does not cost much to teach children how to read and write. That is Illinois’ obligation. Any extra is a private affair.

I was in downtown Chicago recently and noticed one of the gasoline station’s prices were at $4.68 a gallon. Can you say $5 a gallon by Fourth of July? Maybe we should all work from home every other week to shock the oil companies.

Pat from Frankfort

Someone should tell Cisco from Posen that President Obama’s daughters aren’t even old enough for college, so I doubt they would qualify to be enlisted in the military. And if Cisco looks hard enough, he will find that not just presidents’ children but most children of politicians do not go into the military. In fact, many did not go into the military when we had the draft. We now have an all-volunteer army. No one is obligated to enter the military, even those who have politicians for parents.

Chicago

Before Edward Snowden is labeled a traitor, Damien from Burbank should consider the freedom of speech rights, the Whistleblower Protection Act and the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act. From a former whistleblower’s perspective, no one would’ve known about U.S. National Security Agency surveillance if others had not come forward first. To talk execution or trial without knowing what was disclosed or what was known is putting the cart before the horse, especially considering the horse is running free, seeking shelter in exchange for information. U.S. government employees are more loyal and would endure torture before harming others.

Park Forest

A Speak Out commenter tried to equate celebrity chef Paula Deen’s racist comment with free speech, asking what ever happened to freedom of speech and opinion. Absolutely nothing. Free speech does not mean no consequences. She is not in jail, but businesses have dropped her because of bad publicity. There are consequences for her choices. She got rich by the same system that’s dropping her: capitalism.

People complain all the time about high prices. They never complain about government limiting competition in areas like energy or health care. If you want lower prices, producers have to be free to produce more and increase the supply of goods and services.

One of the coolest things I’ve seen is the sea of red shirts as Chicago Blackhawks fans showed their pride and support for the 2013 Stanley Cup champions on parade and rally day. It made me so proud of our hockey team and our city. Go Hawks!



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