Speak Out for Aug. 27, 2013
August 26, 2013 2:38PM
The entrance to the Weber House & Garden in Streator. | Phil Kadner~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 29, 2013 6:16AM
Weber House & Garden in Streator looks so relaxing. Thanks to Phil Kadner for taking us there through his column. Hopefully owner Ted Weber will find someone to keep the beautiful site going.
My family and I would like to thank the two guys that came to my dad’s aid after he fell near 108th and Springfield Avenue on Aug. 23. I appreciate that you called my mom and 911. He’s still being treated at the hospital as of us submitting this comment. It means a lot to the Lugo family knowing he wasn’t alone and that there are good people out there willing to help. Thank you very much.
More in response to Heather from Crestwood about civil unions: We are blessed in that my employer, a major church body in the United States, offers health care benefits to same-sex partners, but the amount paid for my partner’s premium is counted as income to me and is taxed as such. Again, this is not the case for my heterosexual married friends. Thanks for your prayers. I pray that Illinois allows for gay marriage so that my partner and I will indeed gain the same legal rights as married couples.
Cheryl from Orland Park
Do they really need to price gasoline down to a tenth of a penny like $3.74.9 per gallon? It seems like more work than it’s worth, and you’re not fooling anyone. It’s $3.75 a gallon.
John from Oak Forest
I think it’s a real shame that we have to provide protection for the children to go to school with safe routes. Who is running the city of Chicago? Give the police the power to enforce the law without them having to worry that they are going to be disciplined for a little mistake.
Jack from Chicago
Whoever came up with selling citizens of Illinois stickers that go on the back of your license plate for $108 to renew a personalized plate, is a jerk.
Rick from Evergreen Park
More from an equal-opportunity atheist: In Egypt now the Muslims and Christians are going at it on top of the political strife. I think religion is an evil con game and no one wins in the end. Religion is force-fed to the young who force-feed it to their young and so on. In this day and age I am still amazed that religion is still so strong. If someone could tell me who created God without the nonsensical answer “he always was,” I might give more thought to the idea.
I think Bob from Palos Park was right on recently. Why should anyone get paid $15 an hour for stuffing fries into a paper bag? I think entitlement is a huge problem in our society. Also, to the person who thinks raising the minimum wage will reduce the number of people using Link cards: I think you are absolutely wrong. Raising the minimum wage will only reduce the number of jobs. Hence, more people will need Link cards.
I wish conservative men who are against women’s rights could bite the apple and become pregnant. No. 1: They couldn’t carry a baby for nine months because they would not have the strength. No. 2: They couldn’t birth the baby because the first pain would be too much for them. If they were given strength they should use it and get out of the way of women’s rights.
BJ from Hazel Crest
Why is it that we must tighten our belts but President Obama doesn’t need to do the same? Americans cannot visit the White House because we have to cut government expenses but President Obama can spend up to $100 million to go to Africa. Why is it when he is cutting expenses he chooses the White House tours instead of a trip to Africa? He uses executive orders to get things done when he can’t get the Congress to agree with him yet he doesn’t use executive orders to reinstate the White House tours. This seems very hypocritical.
More about high-profile court cases being covered heavily on cable news: In some cases on HLN, it seemed that the crew would grab whoever was in the building, dress them and stick them in front of the camera so they could voice their opinions on a case they knew little about. This level of exposure goes on for hours a day, for weeks on end. Because of this high level of overexposure, defendants are no longer innocent until proven guilty. The public already thinks that they are guilty.
Regarding proving God: Dear believer, you say that believers and nonbelievers “should not attempt to dissuade the other group.” Then you go on to do just that. Classic!
Free bus rides, backpacks, school supplies, meals, haircuts, housing, medical, prom tickets, school trips, the list goes on and on. Then we wonder why so many people don’t have a work ethic and can’t hold a job.
To Bob from Evergreen Park: You chose to be a union painter. You claim others cry about cost of living. I’m sure you received cost-of-living raises when you worked. Cry you a river. When you became a union member you received other benefits. Cry you a river. Did you expect to have a job and never get pay increases? Cry you a river. Did you retire after 34 years when many of us can’t? Cry you another river? I bet you have a “Proud Union” sign in your yard. Cry me a river. Enjoy your good life. Welcome to 2013.
Laura from Monee
To all the people in Cook County who voted for all these crooked politicians over the past years and even re-elected former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.: Wow! What a great vote you cast!