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Speak Out for July 26, 2013

The Rev. Michael Pfleger St. SabinChurch Chicago.  |  File photo

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, of St. Sabina Church in Chicago. | File photo

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Updated: August 27, 2013 6:27AM



My family will no longer support our church until the Archdiocese of Chicago does something about the Rev. Michael Pfleger. I think he is out of control and a disgrace to the Catholic Church.

Congratulations to Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on the birth of their new son. What a wonderful news story instead of the same old depressing news like shootings, riots and unemployment. It was good to read some positive news for a change.

Orland Park

A Speak Out commenter brought up President Obama using Air Force One and how much it costs. I don’t remember this being brought up when other presidents used Air Force One. What do they expect Obama to do — ride the bus?

Harvey

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is Chicago’s scapegoat. He came in when everything was being swept under the rug and being kicked down the curb. Now these issues are getting ready to explode. People are already saying that he is going to be a one-term mayor. If so, then the next person coming in will smell like a rose. This mess didn’t happen overnight.

BJ from Hazel Crest

Do you want to know what is wrong with the United States and Illinois? You have names like Clinton, Madigan, Daley, Mell, Simon, Bush and Cheney. I think they all want to keep everything they do and all of the political feats within the family. It like the aristocrats in England.

While traveling this summer to the Atlanta airport, what a pleasant surprise it was to see the corridors decorated with artwork from students from the community. Contrast that to Midway Airport where there is advertising to buy this and that. Why not support the students who you claim you want to support? We have such talented students in our Chicago area. Put their artwork up. Frame that. Make that a part of the city we can be proud of.

I’ve heard a lot of rhetoric about a war on women. How about a war on the elderly? Interest rates on savings have been driven down to zero. Many people who have saved money their whole lives are getting nothing from the banks. Many health care premiums have gone sky-high yet their services have gone down. How about addressing the war on the elderly?

I was a divorced parent of three children. There was no father in the children’s life ever because he disappeared and I never got support. I had to work two jobs, but I knew if my children had one sock missing out of their drawers. The single mother or father has to check up on their children. All my children are successful now.

Laverne from Tinley Park

The University of Michigan decided to let immigrants living in America illegally pay lower in-state tuition. So let me figure this out. I’m born and raised in this country and my fathers fought for this country but I can’t get anything, and immigrants living in the country illegally can get everything they want. What an insult to our forefathers!

All of these hipster performers say that they are going to boycott the states that have stand-your-ground laws. Good for them! But when they get broke and hungry, then maybe they’ll go back to work.

Mike P. from Chicago

To the person bashing someone who is disabled with a Corvette: Just because you have a disability doesn’t make you poor, and the parking tags are temporary. Someone could have a broken foot and can’t walk far.

To the teacher responding to the commenter from New Lenox: I am not that commenter, but the company I work for lets you put in from 16 percent to 20 percent toward a pension. On top of this I pay taxes to pay your salary and that of police and fire personnel, so I am taking home a lot less than you and paying into my pension a lot more, too. I just wanted you to know.

Chicago Public Schools are set to cut $68 million in classroom spending. Thousands of teachers and staff have been fired. Schools have been closed. Remember all of these actions the next time Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about what is really important. We know what is really important to Emanuel and it does not seem to be education, schools or children.

Thank goodness it’s finally cooled down. Talk about relief!

The U.S. Agency for International Development has launched a $200 million program to boost the role of women in Afghan society. Have a nice day.

Pat from Monee

July 21’s Phil Kadner column infuriated me. My oldest son is a Caucasian who attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Every time he drove home to visit he was pulled over because he wore a bandanna and had long hair. It was a given he would be pulled over. My younger son, also a Caucasian, gets pulled over just because he works late hours for United Parcel Service and is on the road at an unusual hour. This is not a black or white issue, Phil. It’s articles like yours that continue to make race an issue in 2013.

Kudos to Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura. Outfielder Alex Rios loafed on an infield single recently. As a result Robin benched him. That was very old school. It reminded me of former N.Y. Yankees manager Billy Martin. I couldn’t help but smile. I’m not even a White Sox fan. I’m sure Billy smiled down from heaven. As a result, Rios hit a grand slam. That’s motivation.



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