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Speak Out for Sept. 24, 2013

Candy corn is one fall's popular candies.  |  File photo

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Updated: October 25, 2013 6:12AM



Rainy mornings, starlit nights, pumpkins, kids in costumes, hayrides, colored leaves, candy corn, bonfires, toasted marshmallows. What’s not to like?

Patricia from Hometown

Chicago has its share of problems, but it’s still a great city. It has impressive architectural landmarks. The skyline is magnificent. I enjoy watching movies and TV shows filmed in and around the city especially when I recognize several scenes. TV show “Chicago Hope” was partly filmed here. It aired during a conflicting slot and was canceled. The show never had a chance, which was a shame because it was very good. “Chicago Fire” will be back for a second season on Sept. 24. I hope people tune in to watch. There’s the added bonus of showcasing our remarkable city.

Even before 9/11 we proudly displayed the flag of the United States on our home. There was a time you could look up and down the block and every home had a flag whipping in the wind, but not now. It has been painful to see when protesters around the world burn and denigrate our flag. So many men and women have given their life in service to our country. Veterans Day is Nov. 11. So when you put out the pumpkins, turkeys and twinkling lights, remember to put out our flag.

For those who might be wondering, Oak Lawn’s 1st District trustee is Tim Desmond. He can be reached at (708) 346-7001.

To the person asking how fossil records indicate millions of years if it took six days to create the Earth: There’s no answer on how long the matter to create the Earth was floating around until God decided to create the Earth and everything on it. If you read his guidebook to mankind with understanding, you’ll notice at 2 Peter 3:8 that it says, “A thousand years to man is as one day to God.” We have six creation days and one day of rest, which would indicate over 6,000 years, which is also the time for civilized human existence.

As a lifelong Catholic, I find our new pope so refreshing. Recently, Pope Francis said that as Catholics we can’t let our main focus be on political issues such as abortion, homosexuality and contraception. The focus should be balanced and include feeding the poor, helping the sick and loving our neighbor. Supporting political policies that would cut food stamps for the poor or take away health care from people is just wrong. Don’t say you are pro-life if you are against programs that help the less fortunate. It is so hypocritical.

I have to agree with columnist Phil Kadner about this business regarding a Wal-Mart coming to Tinley Park. Some people just want to pick and choose what stores they can have around them and what they consider upper class, lower class, middle class or a pain in the neck. They need to get over it. I would love to see the Wal-Mart in Tinley Park. I don’t understand this talk of a majority of people don’t want it. Everyone I talk to is looking forward to having the Wal-Mart close to us.

Tinley Park

It’s a shame Bill Daley dropped out of the race for Illinois governor. I heard he is the smartest of the whole Daley clan. It would have been exciting to see what he would have done for our state.

Joan from Chicago Ridge

Regarding bumper stickers: I am an independent voter who is tempted to have a bumper sticker that states, “Support higher taxes, inflation and loss of freedom. Vote for Democrats.”

Oak Forest

Open-door policy. Transparency. No lobbyists controlling decisions. These are promises from Barack Obama during his presidential campaign. Now the White House has closed those open doors for months. Who is being allowed in? Lobbyists? It’s time to open the house that is owned by the people.

Wes from Orland Park, please research gun issues before you pin the blame for society’s problems on the National Rifle Association and Republicans. The NRA is the sum of its members — all of us Americans, all of us taxpayers, and we find ourselves in the position where we have to pay for the NRA to protect our rights. We should not have to pay to protect a right that is in our Constitution, but we find our rights trampled on by finger pointers like you every day. Try to find a reason to appreciate the constitutional rights you have.

Tim from Frankfort

I’m having the same trouble as the person in Midlothian as far as tax returns. I got my state refund from Illinois, but no federal refund so far. I think they are avoiding us or something.

Bridgeview

I’ve never seen a minute-long, or longer, yellow light at a stoplight anywhere I’ve driven. Where did the commenter hear that adding a minute to the yellow decreases accidents or red-light offenses? The flashing Don’t Walk or the countdown to the light changing aren’t enough indication the light will change soon? If Chicago makes any changes to traffic signals, they should add left-turn arrows to intersections where there are left-turn lanes and make sure the countdown-to-signal-changing feature is at all signaled intersections. The commenter must be one of those folks who gun it through the intersection when it turns yellow.

Chicago

Whether it be gay marriage or a patient needing an abortion, if the professional is unable to serve their client, they refer them to someone who can. Obamacare or marriage equality doesn’t force anyone to do any type of work they are not comfortable doing. How hard is that to understand?

Joliet



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