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Speak Out for July 23, 2013

Prince William Catherine Duchess Cambridge welcomed baby boy July 22.  |  Getty Images file photo

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed a baby boy on July 22. | Getty Images file photo

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Updated: August 24, 2013 6:28AM



What is the big deal about this royal baby? How does the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s baby affect any of us? Who cares about another baby with a golden spoon in its mouth?

Here is an idea. Why doesn’t Chicago follow Detroit and file bankruptcy? It’s the only way to get out of this unsustainable financial mess. Then vote out all the current politicians because if you don’t, they will do it to us again.

To the person who found my lost wallet in the Crestwood Menards parking lot on July 21 around 1 p.m.: Please do the right thing and turn it in. I’m sure you already stole from me by spending the money that was inside. Don’t forget that what goes around comes around.

Stan from Alsip

The Obama administration is being accused of using the Internal Revenue Service against American taxpayers as a political weapon. This has got to be one of the biggest scandals ever yet it seems like it’s hardly even being investigated. They are paying lip service to it and just skimming over it. This is like something right out of communist Russia. It’s an appalling scandal.

On July 19 in Frankfort, regular gasoline was $4.18 a gallon. On July 19 in Hammond, Ind., regular gas was $3.85 gallon. So a 15-mile difference warrants a 33 cents-per-gallon difference. Who’s fooling who? And they’re getting away with it.

Jim from Matteson

The Jacksons should be judged by an out-of-state judge because these judges in Illinois are scared. They are overpaid and never take the law to its fullest extent. Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. should get 12 years in prison similar to what former Gov. Rod Blagojevich got. Former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson should get seven years minimum. The Jacksons misused public money. Teach these other politicians that corruption does not pay.

RC from Oak Lawn

Our atheist friend scored with his logical answer but, by definition, God is the ultimate force in the universe. I can see where you might object to its personification. I’ll give the high ground to you since you got me into a 2,500-year-old debate in which will neither concede their point. Let’s agree to disagree and go in peace. Also, I think you and the Joliet commenter are wrong. Joliet’s answer is what any mature adult would do. One’s own death is not always a problem since we do have some control over it. “May the Force be with you.”

To the protesters burning the American flag: Shame on you! If you don’t like it here, you are able to leave.

Dear New Lenox, I am a public employee. I am a public school teacher and I, along with my colleagues in the teaching profession as well as police and fire workers, provide the society that gives you the freedom to complain about our pensions. I pay 9.6 percent of every paycheck into my pension. How much do you pay into yours? Think before you post.

On July 20 while driving and following a motorcycle with a sign on the back of his bike that said, “Watch out for motorcycles,” I came up to 111th Street and Ridgeland Avenue when the light turned red. He was in the right lane and blew through the red light with no sign of stopping. Oh, I am watching out for all of the things you should not do.

To Grace from Mount Greenwood: I’m praying for you. I’m praying for health and strength for you and your caretakers. Having been through and helped others through serious illness, I know it takes a toll on everyone in the family. For every sigh may you have a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.

Someone recently commented, “Remember the 1960s? Those were the best years of our lives.” Maybe it was the best years of your life, but for many of us, there were still numerous injustices prevailing. You may have been born with the opportunity to take advantage of the low gasoline prices and low milk at 20 cents, but others were busy seeking civil rights and job opportunities that were only given to the good old boys of a particular heritage. Focus on how in the 1960s equal pay was not given for equal labor.

Flossmoor

I really wish people would stop assuming that everyone loves summer. To me, it’s the most miserable season of all. There are too many reasons to list, and I will never be wishing for summer. No matter how harsh the winters are, bring it on. The only wishing I do as far as summer goes is for it to be over. I can’t wait for fall and winter.

When life gets you down, try and look at your everyday surroundings like a tourist. On my commute to work, I find it fascinating to see how people riding public transportation are snapping photos of iconic landmarks and things we take for granted. They look so excited to take everything in. A little bit of perspective goes a long way. We live in Chicago, the third-largest city in America. Don’t let yourself forget that.

Violence begets violence and respect gets respect. I think no one is killing teenaged boys in suburbs where respect for authority is taught. Trayvon Martin is dead because he attacked George Zimmerman. Martin was banging Zimmerman’s head against the sidewalk so Zimmerman shot him, as anyone with a gun would do if someone was banging his head against the sidewalk. If someone taught Martin to respect authority, then Zimmerman would have probably escorted Martin home and he would be alive now. I think no one is teaching teenaged boys in the inner city to respect authority.



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