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Speak Out for Sept. 19, 2013

People are divided health care reform Obamacare health care law signed by President Obama.  |  AP file photo

People are divided on health care reform and Obamacare, the health care law signed by President Obama. | AP file photo

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Updated: October 20, 2013 7:32AM



The current administration is going to spend $700 million to advertise Obamacare. How good can a product possibly be when you are constantly trying to sell it?

Who’s in charge? Is it true there is a mayor in the south suburbs who is only a puppet? Who is really running this town — the man elected to be the mayor or the one behind him? Think about it.

Just because recorded human history goes back only 6,000 years or so doesn’t mean that’s when human beings were created. And the 6,000-year-old date is really just for writing as we know it, and that we have been able to decipher, as far as I know. There is plenty of evidence of human civilization that goes back tens of thousands of years. Just because we don’t have all the answers right now doesn’t mean some mysterious, all-powerful being is responsible for creation. Do you recall that we once thought the world was flat?

Regarding misguiding our troops: How is it possible that our own U.S. naval base was infiltrated by one of our own contractors, but government is willing to send our troops to help protect other countries? Maybe the government should decide that we need to protect ourselves. That’s what I thought we trained our troops for.

Willie from Oak Forest

Yes, it’s been about five months since the local elections. If you live in a town where the incumbents still reign, chances are they are doing what they’ve always done but with increased boldness. In our case, it seems that a road project, which will cost taxpaying residents a lot of money, is going to happen whether we want it or not. I think the Sept. 17 meeting at Central Middle School was more like a show-and-tell.

Tinley Park

Here’s why I think teachers don’t want merit-based pay. Merit-based pay for a teacher could be compared to an office worker getting a raise based on a co-workers’ work. Would you want your raise based on someone who doesn’t have the same work ethic or educational level as you? That’s what I think merit-based pay for teachers would be. It would be based on student scores and would not take into account IQ level, whether the student speaks English (but the test is in English), or whether the student attends school regularly. How could that ever be fair?

To the Willow Springs commenter: You are old enough to know better. My forefathers came to America in 1635 and 1640 in search of freedom from tyranny, freedom of religion, free speech and a free press. To achieve these goals they volunteered for the American Revolution that gave us our free country. They all prayed to God to be with them. Those brave men gave you the freedoms you enjoy, so don’t knock them. Read authentic American history books and show more respect for their sacrifices. I will respect you when you respect them and me. Peace be with you.

I think unions are history. The development of trade unions was essential during the Industrial Revolution. Now it seems like the unions are their own worst enemy. Unfortunately some of their members are so brainwashed that they don’t believe they would have a job without unions.

A friend went to court for a speeding ticket and paid $95 for the fine plus $195 for “court costs.” The judge, clerk, city attorney, bailiff and cashier all are likely paid for by taxes, so is the building and all the facilities and equipment they use paid for by taxes? Where does this money go? Just like the Illinois Lottery, it seems like there is no accountability to the public. I think these so-called public servants benefit from a dumbed-down citizenry via the public fool system, which has a vested interest in keeping secrets from the public they milk.

We should think seriously about intervening in Syria. Look at how many Jews died before and during World War II before the United States entered the war. Do we want to save lives, or do we witness another Holocaust?

Thank God for the Internet. The people in Chicago and neighboring suburbs are not stupid. I am not Republican or Democrat, I am not that narrow-minded to think that one party can do it all. What it takes are politicians that are for their constituents and not for himself. The only time a politician demonstrates good ethics is when he is running for re-election.

MaryAnn from Palos Heights

About rare diseases: I read Donna Vickroy’s Sept. 15 column about Shea Carey, who was diagnosed with Behcet’s syndrome. I was diagnosed with a rare but very similar condition. I feel his pain. What I consider our best wound care clinic in the Southland said I was beyond their expertise. They wouldn’t treat me for pain unless I go to the emergency room. It’s sad that we have to live like this.

Regarding gasoline prices: On Sept. 17, one gas station had a price of $3.74 per gallon while another had it for $3.39 a gallon. Both gas stations were from the same company. What’s up with this?

Rick from Mokena

Our bank has recently raised the minimum balance for senior checking accounts to $7,500 or else they will charge a maintenance fee to keep our money, not theirs. So we will be closing our checking and all other accounts with this bank and going to a bank that appreciates its customers

Fall is the perfect time to explore the Southland. Why not check out places like Sand Ridge Nature Center in South Holland where you can learn about the Calumet region, and take part in hands-on activities?



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