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Speak Out for July 28, 2013

John Traverso owner Traverso's OrlPark sings karaoke duet with Rosemary Masloroff Alsip Brementowne Manor Sept. 24 2012.  |

John Traverso, owner of Traverso's in Orland Park, sings a karaoke duet with Rosemary Masloroff, of Alsip, at Brementowne Manor on Sept. 24, 2012. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media

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Updated: August 30, 2013 6:12AM



I’d like to thank John Traverso and his troop from Traverso’s who came to Thomas Place senior housing and gave us two hours of fantastic entertainment. Thank you to all of you.

It seems as if Gov. Pat Quinn is the only one concerned about Illinois pension reform in both political parties. The hypocrisy of our lamebrain legislators is making us the laughingstock of America. It would behoove them to lock the doors to the Capitol and not come out until a solution is accomplished. Those brainiacs know full well the new school year is fast approaching. All they care about is their own unearned paychecks.

Bob from Hickory Hills

I think there was absolutely no evidence or proof of racial animosity in the case of George Zimmerman being tried for murder. Actually, the court bent over backwards to give some consideration to Trayvon Martin’s family even though Trayvon was an aggressor. Then President Obama comes out and plays the race card when there was no evidence for it. All this does is divides people. Why do they keep doing this?

Whatever you think of the British family, pro or con, I respect them for the names chosen for their offspring. They’ve chosen traditional names such as Edward, Andrew, James, Margaret, Isabelle or Catherine. These are just a few of the names chosen where the spellings and pronunciations are the same as they were 200 years ago. They don’t try to be different by changing the spelling or pronunciation. I respect that and I’m all for it. They stick with tradition and that is to be admired.

Bernadine from Palos Heights

So I hear that the city of Detroit is trying to file for bankruptcy. Hey, how about the state of Illinois files next?

Do you honestly believe the Mayo Clinic, one of America’s respected medical facilities, would jeopardize their reputation by diagnosing and treating former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. with bipolar disorder if it wasn’t true? Bipolar disorder is a real and often devastating illness. Uncontrollable spending is one of the ramifications. While it cannot be cured, it does respond to treatment. Given the social stigma, do you think Jackson was pleased to be labeled as mentally ill? Do you believe released prisoners come out to be productive members of our communities? Have Jackson serve his sentence in a mental health hospital.

Regarding the woman on the cellular phone during Mass: Individuals have had a lack of respect for a while now. I stopped going to Mass when a woman showed up wearing a bikini top, Daisy Dukes and flip-flops. The entire congregation noticed her because she arrived 10 minutes late and was on her cell phone. Nothing was said. After Mass, the priest shrugged it off. To me, if you are Catholic and you show no respect for the house of the Lord, it is time to throw in the towel and move on.

We just returned to Illinois from a trip to Ohio where the roads are wonderful and the rest areas are immaculate. We paid $3.39 a gallon for gasoline. Both Indiana and Ohio are run by those much-maligned fiscal conservatives. What does it take to get the saps in Illinois who pay the bills to outvote the crafty politicians and freeloaders?

JS from Oak Lawn

On the lighter side of a serious issue, lately when I hear a report about National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, I can’t help but think of the Tom Hanks movie “The Terminal.” I wonder what Edward has been doing all these weeks at that Russian airport?

Tinley Park

A Speak Out commenter said George Zimmerman had no choice but to defend his life in the situation that occurred in Florida. Zimmerman did have a choice. He chose not to follow the directive of the officers who told him to stand down. Had Zimmerman stayed in his car, I think there would have been no altercation. I believe many people would have reacted in the same manner as Trayvon Martin did had a person continued to follow them and then get close enough to get physical with each other. This could have saved the lives of the two men.

I don’t know about the rest of you caring citizens, but I’m sick and tired of seemingly every day seeing something about Chicago, Cook County or Illinois corruption, nepotism, shady dealings or more. It never ends. The sad part is that we cannot get anybody to come here and straighten it out because the Chicago way is just as prevalent in Washington, D.C. Maybe somebody should put together a team of vigilantes and see what happens.

Eagle Ridge 3

I am a 57-year-old woman and I recently had to risk my life driving to 26th Street and California Avenue for standby jury duty. After driving around the courthouse for over an hour, I could not find a parking space so I drove back home. About 31/2 hours later and after using about $16 of gasoline, I sat at my kitchen table and cried. Why can’t people who live in the suburbs be summoned to the Bridgeview courthouse for jury duty instead?

Linda from Burbank

Dear Grace from Mount Greenwood, I am 10 years old and I read about your cancer. I have troubles here, too. My dad has leukemia and my mom has serious back problems. I will keep you in my heart. I know it’s tough. Just keep going. You will get through this one way or another. You’re one of a kind. You have powers, the power of hope. Just keep listening to your heart. It will guide you to the path of happiness and joy. It will also guide you to your cure. Best wishes.

Gabrielle Z.



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