Speak Out for July 8, 2013
July 5, 2013 3:28PM
Plenty of scoops of ice cream from places such as Rainbow Cone in Chicago are served every summer. | File photo
Updated: August 9, 2013 6:21AM
Now that it’s summer, I’m looking forward to enjoying all kinds of sweet frozen treats. What’s your go-to delight? I’m partial to ice cream myself.
I want to thank the people at Hobby Lobby for the informative ad they put in the newspaper for America’s birthday on July 4, Independence Day.
Former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson shouldn’t get any privileges just because she has two children. Betty Loren-Maltese, Cicero’s former town president, had a young daughter and Loren-Maltese went to jail for seven years. The judge didn’t think anything about that. Jackson should get the full penalty. She knew what she was doing. She is the one who hurt her children.
Do you think those of us who work for the state of Illinois are tax-exempt? We public employees also pay taxes. I am so tired of hearing people talk about people with state jobs like teachers, janitors or painters riding along on coattails while other people are paying taxes for their wages and benefits. Wake up! We are also paying.
Every day you read about schools struggling because of a shortage of money. How can schools be short of money when the lottery money is supposed to help schools?
I said it before and I’ll say it again. The American government and people are the chumps and suckers of the world. We have hundreds of thousands of people out of work, millions of people are working in low-paying jobs and millions of people are struggling yet we are going to give $7 billion to help Africa to get electricity. Some of these people still live in mud huts for goodness’ sake. Will giving these people electricity even matter? This is ridiculous. What’s next? Will we give them televisions, laptop computers and telephones to go with the electricity?
How can actor Jim Belushi get on the ice and raise the Stanley Cup? By defying hockey protocol of touching and raising the Cup at that moment, which is only reserved for players and team personnel of the winning Chicago Blackhawks, he shows how clueless he really is. He is more aptly described as a Chicago pariah rather than a Chicago celebrity.
John O. from New Lenox
Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki and Susan Shea, director of aeronautics for the Illinois Department of Transportation, ought to get together to impress each other with their respective grandiose visions. He sees a replica Wrigley Field and stupendous profitable economic development on the former Tinley Park Mental Health Center land. She sees a south suburban airport, although no airlines do, and stupendous profitable economic development on private farm land. Both of you should just drop it.
Regarding public employees: No one is saying they don’t do a valuable job. All we are asking is that they enter the real world like those of us seniors and those of us in the private sector. Face the facts we have all had to face. The “good old days” of huge raises, great benefits and pension plans without contributing anything toward them are long gone.
I agree that the payment of $750,000 severance to former Metra chief executive officer Alex Clifford is ridiculous. What is actually worse are the single women and men who won’t use birth control and have multiple kids on my money. At least Mr. Clifford has been a somewhat productive member of society unlike the perpetual money-grubbing , irresponsible permanent abusers of the system. Notice I said “permanent,” not temporary because of illness or job loss. No woman should have the right to breed indiscriminately unless she can fully support all of her kids herself.
Dawn from Midlothian
Good schools enjoy a partnership of teachers, parents and churches. They also build real estate values. I received a fine education during the Great Depression at Ruggles Elementary School in Chicago. My teachers were excellent. Dad’s real estate taxes were $200 per year. There were no unions. Teachers, police and fire personnel were sometimes paid in script. Their dedication to duty never lessened. I remember the teacher names and think of them as I do the precious nuns at Mercy High School where tuition was $15 per month. Dad had reclaimed his lost job and was overseer of my education.
I’d like to give a shout-out to Aqua Pools in Worth. They are family-owned and have been in business for years. They are wonderful. I recently had an issue with my pool. They not only got my pool clear; they did it in a very inexpensive way. You don’t find that kind of customer service very much anymore. The guys and girls at Aqua Pools are awesome.
Melissa from Oak Lawn
While Mary Ann from Chicago thinks she has a fine idea that those collecting benefits clean parks and city properties, be lunch monitors or teachers’ aides or do clerical work, she overlooked an important fact. There are already people employed doing these jobs. They are working so they don’t have to receive benefits. Face reality. There are not enough jobs for those who want to work. Many who do work are in low-paying jobs that employers prefer to keep part time to avoid making benefits available to workers. People don’t get rich on assistance; they receive barely enough to survive.
Our pets sure make everything better. I love coming home from a long day and being able to spend time with my best friends.