Speak Out for Sept. 20, 2013
September 19, 2013 8:06PM
A number of Southland festivals and spots offer hayrides during fall. | File photo
Updated: October 21, 2013 2:19PM
As the weather gets cooler, I’m looking forward to time with the family and going on hayrides. It’s great that the Southland offers seasonal festivals and other spots for this fun tradition.
I’m from the class of 1967 and wanted to say many heartfelt thanks to Fox’s Restaurant & Pub in Chicago’s Beverly community for donating lunch on two consecutive Saturdays to the over 100 volunteers who worked to modernize and upgrade the electrical system in the 86 year-old school building at St. Margaret of Scotland. Fox’s spirit of giving and sense of community are much appreciated by the entire St. Margaret of Scotland community. Special thanks to Mora, one of Fox’s managers, for being so cooperative and willing to help out.
Regarding getting used to terrorism: Have we all become so desensitized to gun violence that we just don’t care anymore?
I’m so tired of people saying to watch out for motorcycles and that Start Seeing Motorcycles campaign, as if people who drive cars are always at fault when there is an incident. More often than not, when I see a motorcycle, they’re driving like jerks. I just saw a guy the other day driving between the lanes and on the shoulder to get around traffic that was backed up. Face it. Motorcycles are dangerous whether you drive properly or not. Stop blaming everyone else.
To the person who quoted hypothetical claims from the theory of evolution as a means of proving it is fact: I’m sure if I quoted Genesis 1:1 you would ridicule me. Evolution has not passed every test as you claim. Many honest scientists acknowledge there are major problems with the fossil record because it simply does not conform to evolutionary theory in no small part due to the lack of any transitional fossils. When you claim that evolution is not just a theory, I think you are truly showing your ignorance.
About whomever is the advertising agency for the Illinois Lotto: I think the state should consider a different agency. I think those TV and radio commercials are the lamest on the airwaves. Considering they upped the costs to participate in some of the lottery games, they can afford to spend a few extra nickels on quality advertising.
With the end of automatically adding tips to bills for large restaurant parties, I like Darden Restaurants showing suggested tips (15 percent, 18 percent and 20 percent) on the bill. I was in Canada for vacation, and the majority of restaurants have had suggested tips on the bottom of checks (10 percent, 15 percent and 20 percent) for several years. This not only reminds people to tip but gives guidelines. I also wish credit card payments would be handled like they are there. The server brings a device to your table to run your card so it never leaves you.
It’s a shame when these corporations see employees making close to $100,000-per-year salaries and right away they have to try to take their jobs away. It seems like you can’t make a decent living anymore in America without people thinking that you’re only worth minimum wage. It’s terrible.
Tony from Orland Park
Neither the United Nations nor any other country other than the United States will stand up for the freedoms and rights that we feel are the most important.
Mark from Hickory Hills
Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki is not going to be happy until Brookside Marketplace looks like Dixie Square Mall and the rest of the town looks like Harvey. Look at downtown Tinley Park right now with all of the abandoned businesses. Wal-Mart will be the beginning of the end of this beautiful town. I guess the greed outweighs the need. I cannot believe the mayor has no regard for the residents of Tinley Park and the Brookside Glen subdivision or the safety and prosperity of his own town. Remember, Mr. Zabrocki, a captain goes down with his ship.
Jim from Brookside Glen
A Speak Out commenter suggested Illinois rethink it’s high school driver’s education policy. It’s funny. I don’t see a lot of teens causing accidents. But I do see a lot of mommies driving their children to school erratically with a cell phone in one hand. And I do see middle-age men who think our city streets are NASCAR racetracks.
With his trips to North Korea, former Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman has now joined Jane Fonda aka Hanoi Jane and Sean Penn, with his work in Haiti, as U.S. turncoats. Doesn’t Rodman have any sense to realize he is being used as a pawn against his own country? This makes the United States look terrible. Wake up, Dennis!
The Catholic commenter from Bridgeview is now mixing apples and oranges. Refusing to provide legal medical procedures and medications because of religious affinity is different than refusing to perform a religious rite based on that affinity.
Bonnie from Flossmoor
I wish our children could be raised in the 1950s and ’60s. Jobs were easy to find. Children could play outside without parents worrying about them. Families sat around the dinner table with no television and discussed the day. Electronic devices have taken over our world. Look around, and you’ll notice how many people doing everyday things don’t pay attention. They are missing out on so very much. Bring back the old days.
Laura from Monee
You know Illinois’ financial situation is in dire trouble when not even a Daley wants to run for office because of it.