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Speak Out for Sept. 15, 2013

Brilliant yellows reds oranges often are display during autumn.  |  File photo

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Updated: October 16, 2013 6:38AM



About the fall season: I love fall with its pumpkin everything and the weather and scents of fall, too.

Barbara

Thank you to the students and band members at Brother Rice High School. Everyone did an excellent job during their car wash fundraiser. Every child had a smile on his face. It’s nice to see our youth working hard for their school.

Joe from Mount Greenwood

I was recently in Texas. The posted speed limit on many of their highways and tollways was 75 mph.

I think Illinois needs to rethink its policy on driver’s education in high school because many children age 15 and 16 do not know what they are doing when they are behind the wheel. All they seem to care about is driving mommy’s or daddy’s car with their friend and not paying attention and potentially causing accidents. I believe up to 90 percent of them are really bad and don’t belong behind the wheel. They need to raise the driving age and require at least 200 hours of driving with somebody before they are allowed a driver’s license.

Everybody has had access to free health care even those who have used public aid forever as a way of life. The thing is that not everyone has insurance. The real problem was and is the ever-rising cost of health care, which some people seem to go out of the way to avoid addressing.

It seems like New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann is trying to build the village as big as he can and get as much tax money as he can. We have an enormous town center and village hall, and they are trying to build a giant police station right in the middle of town. I think we should emphasize, like Frankfort and Mokena, quality over quantity. We don’t have to have the biggest hall to be a great town. I think we need just a quiet little town instead of a giant conglomerate of government and patronage.

I think there is a misconception about state employees. I’m not rich and I’m not getting over. As an employee of Illinois I had to contribute to my pension fund and Social Security as well as my health insurance, which is not the best insurance out there. I’m living in the real world. I have to pay my taxes like any other working stiff. I think the only people under the state or county that are getting sweetheart pension deals are some of the elected politicians and government appointees. The regular workers get no such deal.

There are many people over 50 who are unemployed and are told they’re overqualified. This is a game played by companies hiding from the threat of age discrimination. Carson’s is often hiring salespeople at their Orland Park store and probably part time to start. It’s better than no job. You might look around in that newer large mall in Lockport too. Good hunting. You have my sympathy. College degrees are fine, but there are plenty of graduates trying to find good jobs. And we have thousands of veterans returning to civilian life who should be given priorities in job searches.

Oak Forest

What exactly does “never forget 9/11” mean? Based on what some people say, it seems to mean “never forget to hate and distrust foreigners, people of other religious beliefs and anyone who doesn’t agree with us 100 percent.” Is that what we’ve learned from this tragedy? It also appears to mean we should never forget that unless we give up the freedom we brag so much about, all for the sake of security, we won’t ever be safe. Well, guess what. If we allow our freedom to be compromised, we still won’t be safe. We just won’t be free either.

What an insult to Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to be compared to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin! That’s like comparing a college professor to a first-grader. Judy was elected to a series of state governmental offices due to her intelligence, integrity, experience and respect for her candor. Sarah, a half-term quitter governor, has had her intellect and inability to express herself coherently be the basis for many jokes and satire. Her nomination did a great disservice to qualified women seeking public office. Sarah Palin is an embarrassment whereas Judy Baar Topinka is a valuable asset to the Republican Party.

Frankfort

Regarding major news: The news media had better wake up soon and start reporting all the news instead of what they want out only. Otherwise, masses of people will start finding their news in other places, making the current media obsolete.

Kent from Monee

Some commenters derided my concern that the Catholic Church may be forced to marry a gay couple. They said this could never happen because the First Amendment protects religious liberties. Really? How about the Obamacare U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate? This will force Catholic institutions like hospitals to make employees pay for health insurance coverage that includes abortion. Many lawsuits have been filed to counteract this initiative (Hobby Lobby, for one) because it forces people to go against their faith. The Constitution means nothing in our new country of Obama-nation.

Bridgeview

So who’s watching the third season of “The X-Factor” with new judges Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio and returning judges Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato? Although the show touts itself as making One Direction, the biggest boy band on the planet, the U.S. version has yet to produce a bonafide star. Where are Melanie Amaro and Tate Stevens now?



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