Speak Out for Sept. 13, 2013
September 12, 2013 4:10PM
A number of couples go to city hall to get married instead of having an elaborate wedding ceremony. | File photo
Updated: October 15, 2013 7:03AM
It’s true about separation of church and state. If a same-sex couple wants to marry, go to city hall. A church does not have to do a ceremony against their belief. I think a civil suit would not hold up.
Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau president Jim Garrett and his staff are doing a wonderful job. We attended the Upper Midwest Convention & Visitors Bureau fall conference and it was great. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago – Alsip was very nice. We were at Chicago Gaelic Park in Oak Forest and saw fabulous Irish dancers. It’s great to be here in this area. We feel very warmly welcomed.
Judy from Roseville, Minn.
Many of Washington, D.C., politicians are undecided on whether or not to intercede in Syria. A great majority of their constituents know how we will vote in the upcoming elections.
Secure the border? I think tying immigration reform to securing the border is a thinly veiled attempt at supporting immigration reform and derailing it at the same time. A 100 percent secure border with Mexico is impossible short of something like the Berlin Wall in another era. I think said wall is financially impractical. It is cheaper to have 11 million undocumented workers that contribute to the economy more than they take from it than to build, maintain and guard a 1,200-mile fence with Mexico. Furthermore, we depend on these people to do all kinds of jobs and services.
I’m not a teacher but I know several. If you don’t think teachers have an impact on a child’s life, then lets get rid of teachers. Let’s let parents teach their children and tell them bullying is wrong. We can see how well some parents teach their kids already about bullying, so keep it up. Many teachers usually stay later to do lesson plans and don’t get paid for overtime, or they grade and do lesson plans at home on their time.
To all of those like me who think former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, got away with a crime: Remember at voting time to vote out U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson. We need to stop the insanity. I can only imagine why she postponed the first sentencing date.
Linda from Monee
Let’s save police and teens from shooting each other. It’s simple. Parents need to teach their teen to put their hands in the air when police stop them. Say you don’t have a weapon and what you can do to help the officer. Respect for authority gets authority’s respect. No one shoots a guy with his hands in the air. Areas that don’t respect police, of course, have deservedly high crime rates. Soon high-crime areas will not find anyone to become their police.
Diana from Orland Park
I see our knuckleheaded politicians want to have sprinkler mandates. I guess somebody lobbied a bunch of politicians so they can receive the contracting business, but the homeowners could end up picking up the bill. I believe in private property rights. If you want a sprinkler system in your home then put one in, and if you don’t want one then don’t put one in. You shouldn’t be mandated by some politicians who probably got paid off.
The work-from-home concept has been under attack. If you’re not one of those work-from-home types, you resent that they get that privilege. It is galling when you have to fight to get to work and home on a day with bad weather, and they sit home. Likewise, you resent when you’re cooped up in an office on a beautiful day when your counterpart is sitting on their deck or veranda or at poolside with his or her laptop computer and a cool drink. Finally, they’ve figured out this work-at-home stuff isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Gov. Pat Quinn criticized the work done on the Illinois Capitol building as “excessive flourishes” and looking like the “Palace of Versailles.” Springfield hosts respected dignitaries so the Capitol building should look like a palace. Right. That’s very nice for Quinn to complain now after the money has already been allocated. Are we to understand that the governor isn’t aware of spending within his own state? Maybe this is why Illinois doesn’t have a solution to the pension debt. I’m starting to think our politicians’ salaries are all excessive flourishes.
It seems like killings, shootings, stabbings and gang violence have become the norm and the standard of Chicago. People don’t even bat an eye when it’s on the news anymore. Thank you Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy for a job well done.
Mike P. from Chicago
I think many of the jobs people are getting nowadays don’t pay enough to actually support one person let alone a family. Of course our government wants to keep that quiet and keep talking about how our economy is picking up. I keep seeing more and more houses for sale. I see empty houses that were not empty a month ago. Don’t keep telling me about how much better the economy is getting. I don’t think we are seeing it here in the Southland.
How will Syrian-American citizens feel and react when the United States attacks their homeland and their families? What if that country was another country like Italy or Ireland? Would we jump to do something? There are peaceful ways to exert pressure. Please, no war.
I would like to thank Chicago Ald. Robert Fioretti for wanting tougher laws on animal abusers. They are the cowards. We need to turn them in. Remember abused pregnant pit bull Petunia that was found in Park Forest and died.