Speak Out for July 15, 2013
July 12, 2013 6:38PM
President Obama has pledged $7 billion to upgrade power in Africa. | File photo
Updated: August 16, 2013 6:14AM
President Obama pledged $7 billion to Africa for electricity. Maybe we can help destroy their culture by giving them other things like MTV, YouTube, pornography and rap music.
Here are three questions for our atheist friends: 1. Can you prove that the force that created the Big Bang was not God? 2. Can you prove that the dark matter and dark energy is not the presence of God in the universe? 3. In the darkest times in your life when you don’t have the power to affect the outcome, where do you turn?
R.B. from Orland Park
Who exactly has oversight of the Illinois Lottery? Who gives them the go-ahead to increase the number of drawings or change the format of the games? As a regular player over the years, I’m starting to get a little ticked off to come up with extra money every day to play the same numbers (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) Someone needs to ride herd over these lottery officials.
Bob from Mount Greenwood
How come you never see an interview on TV or commentary in the newspaper of those immigrants who gained citizenship via the legal way? Don’t you wonder how they feel about the border jumpers? All you hear is the pseudo-sympathy of carpetbagger politicians who would benefit from the votes of the shortcutters. Let’s hear the opinions our new citizens who’ve done it the right way, the legal way.
Tom from Evergreen Park
Someone complained that roads and bridges are falling apart. Let’s be fair. President Obama has tried to get our Congress to approve infrastructure spending for the last four years, but Congress has not allowed it. Yes, everyone should have health care. Obama wanted universal health care, but the Republicans would never agree to it, so Obama had to compromise and allow insurance companies to continue to make their millions. Do you think Obama is the first president to give money to foreign countries? This has been going on for years with both Republican and Democratic presidents.
I don’t understand why anyone with a job in these trying times would even think of saying, “TGIF,” for “thank God it’s Friday” when there are so many people including myself looking for work. I would gladly change that to “TGIM” for “thank God it’s Monday” and I have a job to go to. Count your blessings.
Somebody needs to tell Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy that comparing homicide and shooting numbers from one year to the other is of no value to the family of the victims. It is ridiculous to keep standing there saying we have had less. One is too many. Do your job, Superintendent!
Has anyone else ever noticed that the people who can’t drive have the most expensive cars? Ah, the irony!
To our overpaid and apparently under-informed politicians: There is a way that you can check the gun owner’s registration and everything else in Illinois. You already did a background check on all of us when you issued the firearm owner’s identification card to everybody. Additionally, a number of people have obtained a conceal-carry permit from other states and gone through a background check. All of these are on file.
I noticed people who say they are the best are actually not. The best don’t put everybody down.
Barb from Bridgeview
Chicago Bull Derrick Rose should demand that the Bulls trade him to a team whose fans aren’t as ignorant, arrogant and greedy as Chicago fans are. When your team has a once-in-a-generation superstar you should want him to return from a major injury only when he’s fully ready. Instead, Bulls fans demand instant gratification at any cost. They deserve to be stuck with a perennial draft lottery team.
Bravo, Gov. Pat Quinn, on withholding state lawmakers pay. Us taxpayers in the real world are paid a salary. If we have to work overtime to get our job done, we don’t receive compensation. I hope it works, and this should be something that is done from now on including to our federal lawmakers. Again, thank you, Gov. Quinn.
So cyclists will have cameras to catch car drivers cutting them off. I hope it also catches the many cyclists here on the trails who ignore the crosswalk signals and ride out in front of cars.
To RC from Oak Lawn who whined about the Illinois Lottery taking $250,000 from them: Time to stop blaming the Illinois Lottery and take responsibility for yourself. You bought the lottery tickets. No one forced you. If you’re filing your third bankruptcy, you need a money-management class to learn how not to spend your money.
So are these people clamoring for a photo of the “bad” Trayvon Martin implying it’s OK that he was followed by George Zimmerman, someone the police told to stay in their car, as the police would check out his report of a suspicious person, and who confronted Trayvon, got involved in a fight and shot and killed Trayvon? People are fine with this? Trayvon wasn’t carrying a weapon. His killer was. Would Mr. Zimmerman have followed Trayvon if he didn’t have a gun to make him brave?
Can you trust him anymore? Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was found guilty of spending campaign funds for personal use. He also said he did not try to buy the Senate seat from former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. How can you trust what he said? Why aren’t they following up on that charge and then putting Jackson Jr. in jail for 14 years like they did the governor.