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Speak Out for Sept. 26, 2013

Arsenio Hall has returned late-night televisiwith 'The Arsenio Hall Show' which premiered Sept. 9.  |  AP file photo

Arsenio Hall has returned to late-night television with "The Arsenio Hall Show," which premiered on Sept. 9. | AP file photo

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Updated: October 28, 2013 7:13AM



How Arsenio Hall ever came back to television, I’ll never know. It’s the joke of the year. They should take him off right away. I think “The Arsenio Hall Show” has nothing. It’s a total dud.

A while ago a Speak Out commenter suggested we take advantage of the marvels of the Southland. I would suggest taking in the sun setting over the Saganashkee Slough located on 104th Avenue just north of Illinois 83. There you will find camera buffs, nature lovers, bird watchers, fisherman and on the right day a sunset that would rival the sunsets at Mallory Square in Key West, Fla. Now with the fall change, it is a spectacle.

Rick from Worth

It seems some of the memorabilia from former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. that is being sold at auction to pay back the $750,000, may be fake, but it surely wasn’t fake money that paid for it.

People buying a new gadget is a little more important than food? The new iPhone is a big topic lately and how it’s revolutionary, but come on! If you’re trying to say that you can’t buy food and you’re pretty much starving, then I think you could hold off on getting it. Not every person in the world has an iPhone and is lucky to have a phone in the first place. Even if you don’t have a phone, start out with one that is a little more affordable and that won’t dent your wallet.

Are there any adults in government? It seems like the majority of them are preschoolers in reference to the upcoming government shutdown issue. All they have to do is come together by sitting down at a table and remove what is not popular in the Obamacare bill. Work on replacing the bad sections, but all these people have for America is drama and more drama. They should all be sent to the principal’s office.

Recently the new Chicago crime statistics show validation of crime decreasing by the numbers that are displayed on the screen. But it doesn’t matter what time of the day it is because there are still killings or shootings. Something is not adding up. Can anyone explain?

Willie from Oak Forest

Can’t someone else take a turn playing big brother in Syria? And if no one else is willing to help out and they would rather sit back and act like nothing is going on, then why are we stupid enough to proceed? I think our troops need a time-out. We need to concentrate on the United States for a while. Call it selfish, but I think the United States needs some “me time.”

Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood and National Public Radio crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401(k)s, took trillions in taxpayer-funded bailouts, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses and paid no taxes? Yeah, me neither.

Random acts of kindness really do wonders for people. One of the things I love to do is surprise people on days when they don’t expect an electronic greeting card or a note via snail mail. The world would be a better place if we just cared about each other more.

Parents and players know from the time they started playing football that it was a violent contact sport. I have a good idea for stopping all of these lawsuits for concussions. Eliminate all contact sports. No football, hockey, soccer, boxing and more. Of course, the money-hungry owners would not stand for this.

Alsip Joe

They are putting these cameras up in school zones to catch speeders. Thirteen people just got shot in Cornell Square Park. Where are the cameras for that? Chicago has its priorities messed up. They need cameras where these gangbangers are. It’s time for us to back a truck up, clean house and get somebody in government and law enforcement who knows what they are doing.

The Brookside Glen people don’t own Tinley Park. What gives them the right to determine and demand that viable businesses like Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart should not dare be anywhere near their precious homes? They are living in a dream world. Those of us who would really like these businesses to come to town aren’t being heard.

I recently talked to a visitor from England. He said that to the rest of the world, America is now considered a joke and not the strong nation it once was. With our political bumblings trying to buy friends around the world (which isn’t working) and trying to police everyone, we have lost the respect this country once had.

Hundreds of teens trashed the home of former NFL player Brian Holloway while he was away. He found out who they were and posted their names on a website he started. The parents of these teens became upset and threatened Holloway. This is one of the problems with youths now. Their parents will take their side.

If I may paraphrase President Johnson, we should not send American boys 10,000 miles away from home to do what foreigners ought to be doing for themselves.

It’s not an everyday occurrence when your local library rolls out the red carpet for their loyal patrons. The Palos Heights Public Library provided a day of activities for Patron Appreciation Day. Coffee, doughnuts and juice for the youngsters was a great way to start the morning. Crafts, free book bags and snacks were ours to enjoy. The day concluded with a female barbershop choir. They are an enthusiastic vocal group comprised of all ages. Kudos to the program director. It was a perfect day.

Bernadine from Palos Heights



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