Speak Out for Sept. 3, 2013
August 31, 2013 11:51AM
The tallest building in China is the Shanghai Tower (center) seen here with other skyscrapers, Jinmao Tower (right) and Shanghai World Financial Center in Shanghai, China, on Aug. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Updated: October 4, 2013 6:12AM
Denying evolution is like claiming you can build a skyscraper starting with the roof and working your way down.
Mel from Orland Park
The NFL is going to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit charging them with hiding the dangers of brain injuries to players. It sounds like a lot of money, but this shouldn’t be the end of it. There’s a bigger cost to playing football. With all of the hard hits, the danger of concussions is a real and serious thing that needs to be kept in the forefront so others don’t suffer from such tough injuries. Hopefully the league and the players can work together to stop further harm from coming to those on the field.
Thugs and gangs beating up and killing people need to understand that they are uncivilized and acting like animals. They have substituted people for animals.
I’d like to see more of the Oak Lawn police back out on the street writing some tickets for speeding. Some of these people are speeding down Cicero Avenue at 70 mph. Put more cops out on the streets and have them do their jobs.
Pete from Oak Lawn
Fast-food jobs were intended as entry level and often taken by teens. Now we have adults taking over and demanding premium pay. If the pay is raised, I think the cost of food goes up and hours will be cut in half.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying everything he can to please the schoolchildren and their parents. He has put these children in safer schools and has people patrolling these routes to and from schools, but the demonstrators just keep crying foul and complain about every little thing. These same demonstrators undermine the confidence of the children and parents. These chronic complainers should look in the mirror and see the real problem. The real problem is the complainers, not the mayor.
I’m glad there haven’t been so many movies lately touted as being in 3-D. Talk about fatigue! It seemed like every time I flipped on the television, saw an advertisement online or was reading a magazine, I was bombarded with the latest 3-D adventure. Remember when 3-D was a big thing because it was cool? When studios started jumping on the bandwagon and converting movies to 3-D to try and make a quick buck, that’s when I knew the trend had jumped the shark. Maybe now 3-D will be used only when the film warrants it. How’s that for cool?
About the sweet sounds of summer: On Aug. 25 I was sitting in my back yard enjoying a beer and able to hear the sweet sounds of Maroon 5 from the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. Thanks for the free concert. You made my night.
Barb from Tinley Park
The stigma of mental illness is something that keeps many people from seeking treatment. Depression is a real and debilitating disease for those who have serious cases. For some, depression alters reality and makes it tough to do simple, everyday tasks that you and I take for granted. It’s true that some people can’t be helped unless they want to be helped, but we need to be more aware of those in our social circles. We must watch for warning signs so we don’t find out too late that our friends, family members or even acquaintances needed a helping hand.
I can’t believe how some people don’t understand that animals are part of our families. Animals are not just pets. They are like kids and deserve all the love they can get.
President Obama keeps blaming the Republicans for everything, but it’s really all him. President O-drama just keeps stomping his feet and cries, “Waa, waa, waa!”
Mike P. from Chicago
It’s unbelievable how much some parents let their children get away with. The current crop of kids are spoiled, getting whatever they want and when they want it. They don’t have respect for people’s things or even people themselves in some cases. I’m afraid to even think about what they will be like when they grow up. Now that’s if they ever mature since it seems like their parents have unfortunately set them back years by giving them everything in the world. What happened to earning your keep and respecting your elders? Man I miss the good old days!
To Cheryl: I wholeheartedly agree that civil union protections needed to be expanded to cover Social Security benefits, federal taxes, hospital visitations and so on. I just wish that had been done instead of going for marriage status. Civil unions benefited all couples and improving the legal status of all is true equality.
Regarding the recent comment about a royal birth: A lot of people don’t care about the birth of Blue Ivy, the child of singer Beyonce and rapper Jay Z and North West, the child of hip-hop musician Kanye West and celebrity Kim Kardashian. Please show some tolerance and respect other cultures.
Rick from Evergreen Park
Some may think the Southland is in the boonies, but those of us who live here know better. We have some of the best amenities and people around, and we should take advantage of it. From the free art galleries and museums to the walking trails and wonderful parks, it’s a virtual utopia that many people might not know about. Invite your friends who live in other regions or in the city of Chicago to the south suburbs and show them what we have to offer. They may end up being our neighbors sooner than you think.