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Speak Out for July 3, 2013

Words written coffee shop window remember Granite MountaHotshots Prescott Ariz. July 1 2013. All but one member 20-strong team were

Words written on a coffee shop window remember the Granite Mountain Hotshots in Prescott, Ariz., on July 1, 2013. All but one member of a 20-strong team were killed in what was the biggest loss of firefighters' lives since 9/11. | Getty Images

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Updated: August 4, 2013 6:26AM



Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives in Prescott, Ariz. It was such a devastating loss. Hopefully the wildfire will be put out soon.

It’s a disgrace once again. Each and every year the general public, some media and many advertisers refer to Independence Day as the Fourth of July. “Happy Fourth of July,” they say. This is disgraceful and hurtful to our forefathers that worked and fought so hard to make this day possible. Where’s the respect? Happy Independence Day, America.

Burbank

After two recent trips into Michigan within a three-week span, I saw that gasoline prices went down 90 cents per gallon. Why have we not seen the same price drop? Taxes have nothing to do with it.

John from Oak Forest

I think the executive branch czars are usurping and bypassing the Congress of the United States and the Constitution. If you like communism or socialism then this is OK.

Sears and Kmart should not drop celebrity chef Paula Deen for using the N-word. They are lucky their doors are still open.

Did anyone ever think that some grocery stores would have to close without the extra customers with the Link card?

To Linda from Orland who now understands free will: If God truly gave man choices, then when man chooses evil, half of the blame is on him.

Mel from Orland Park

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. shouldn’t go to jail at all. People who steal campaign-fund contributions are stealing money from people who thought they could get some special attention. Stealing taxpayers’ money is different. Jackson should not go to jail.

God bless the puck. God bless the Stanley Cup. God bless the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is seeking asylum in any country for being a traitor. Who hired and trained him, and where is their responsibility to be accountable for his unfaithfulness and not really knowing him? Like parents who fail to control and train their children properly and are clueless to what their children do so should his superiors be held accountable for not doing their jobs.

John O. from New Lenox

To the person that commented that education is expensive and they would like to see how a city would function with only illiterates: I have a much better idea. How about a city where only policemen, firemen and teachers lived. Then hear the arguments when one of these groups wants to raises taxes in order to receive a pay raise.

If it’s been some time since you’ve reached out to your closest friends, don’t wait to touch base with them. You never know what they might be going through or how much they might need you. Checking in with your friends can light up their days and let them know they’re not alone. So make that phone call, send that text, type that email, mail that card or drop by to say, “Hello.” Making sure your friends know how important they are can go a long way to enriching your life and theirs. Remember that friendship is a two-way street.

Regarding yard waste: Why is it that the south suburbs seem to have been so lax in picking up the tree limbs and branches that have accumulated from the last two storms? The streets are a mess and in some places the debris is blocking the sewers.

I wish to share hugs to the adult children who have a mother with dementia who does not remember that they are their mother. It can be a very lonely and empty feeling.

PJ from Oak Lawn

I think our government is made up of a bunch of hypocrites. They are requiring that all citizens prove that they are insured, but it seem like not all need to prove they are citizens. Those who refuse or cannot prove they are citizens could receive free insurance paid by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens. What?

What is wrong with some pet owners? I don’t appreciate having to dodge dog poop when walking in the yard I share with my neighbor. It’s especially dicey when it’s later at night and not as easy to see what I need to avoid. It’s common courtesy for dog owners to pick up what their animals may leave behind. I see plenty of pet owners walking their dogs and toting plastic bags so they can pick up and dispose of the waste properly. It only takes a few seconds, so why can’t everyone be this considerate?

In response to the comment about getting tattoos, cellular phones and lottery tickets, that’s why people can get these things. I think it is because they are abusing the system and don’t have to spend their money on food and have extra spending money.

Many people tout tablets on which you can peruse a book electronically, but nothing will replace the hard-copy book for me. I love being able to kick back with a paperback or hardcover book.

Thank you to the members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 252, which held its fundraiser May 17 and 18 at Walt’s, Jewel and the 80th Avenue train station in Tinley Park. We’d like to say, “Thank you to all who donated.” It does a veteran’s heart good to see that so many people care.

Tinley Park



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