Speak Out for Sept. 27, 2013
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Updated: October 28, 2013 7:38AM
I want to know what children are doing out at 10 p.m. I think if they were home in bed and not out late at night, then they would not be shot.
I hate to see the end to our lovely summer, but one thing I’m very glad to see is the end of the outdoor music venues. We live more than one mile away and hear the music even though our house is all shut up. The bass shakes the windows. Why must it be blasted so loud? There is no consideration for those who have to sleep early and work on weekends, babies or older people who need to nap. How about those who are sick or just hate loud music? Why is really loud music more important than people?
Ruth from Old Orland
About more teachers back in the work force after retiring and how people should retire only when you plan on staying retired: We should tax only those that receive salaries and pensions from the public treasury aka the tax trough since their increasing tax-funded salaries and lifetime pensions add to the Illinois budget crisis. If they elect to move out of state for lower taxes, they should have to pay a surcharge for taking tax money out of state. This would stop those with high tax-funded pensions from taking on work after retirement because of their now-higher tax bracket.
They should change the lottery ball procedures. I think the Mega Millions game and Powerball mixing machines seem more like slurry tanks with the garbage as the mixing of the number balls. There seem to be numerous repeat and consecutive numbers drawn. I would prefer the Pick 3, Pick 4 and extra ball draws to function automatically like the Lotto. Use no human touch other than to press a start button. Show a split-screen, panoramic, full-length view of each draw machine set.
The 2014 elections are coming up. Everything is being dug up that can be dug up. Who is this helping? Instead of talking about the budget and jobs or anything that can make America grow, they would rather talk about scandals. All of this has nothing to do with the price of steak.
BJ from Hazel Crest
There was a controversy in the aftermath of crowning new Miss America Nina Davuluri. They say she has been the target of ignorant comments and racism on social media and the Internet. Let me let mainstream Americans in on what should not be a secret in 2013. The Internet is a haven for trolls. Internet trolls are people who post things as racist, contrary, inflammatory or off topic for the sole purpose of getting a reaction out of you. It usually ends up being anger, frustration or shock. I think you should not take anything on social media seriously.
There is another deer culling in the Will County forest preserves. I think this is an atrocity. Those deer are not bothering anybody. Why would people complain the deer are eating their plants? You moved out there to be near nature. This is what happens. Why let the deer suffer the kill? They are only grazing and trying to find food.
Gov. Pat Quinn said he is open to the idea of using the National Guard to help fight Chicago violence. This sounds a lot like what people all around, including in Speak Out, have been saying for years now. Maybe bringing back the death penalty, even if it’s temporary, along with the National Guard would help dissuade these thugs and gangbangers from continuing their policy of shoot first, shoot second, shoot third and ask questions fourth. I agree. Bring in the National Guard at least.
A Speak Out commenter referred to Brookside Glen residents as snoots because we don’t want a big-box store in our area. Why don’t they build the store in your back yard? Let’s see how safe you feel about it.
Why did it take so many years for the Chicago Bears to get a coach who doesn’t look like he’s a statue? Former coach Lovie Smith was emotionless and stoic. Football is emotional and also entertainment. Smith coached like he was playing a rock in a child’s play. Coach Marc Trestman has something to prove. He’s waited so long to be a head coach in the NFL, and he’s not going to let this opportunity slip away by coaching like he’s a banana peel. It’s an exciting time to be a Bears fan.
Many previous presidents have talked about affordable health care. President Obama did more than just talk. A good Republican would sit down with the Democrats and tweak and hone the plan until it was perfect for everyone. If we allow them to kill the plan, it will take another 50 years to replace it.
John from Crestwood
If there was nobody to stand up for the working people, how long do you think it would be before you started losing things like paid holidays, insurance and personal days. These are the things unions have help to get into place. Do you think the government is going to step in and provide for the worker?
SETI stands for the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Illinois has SIPI, the search for Illinois political intelligence. So far SETI is light years ahead of SIPI to find intelligence.
I’d like to send a hug to people who have lost a longtime beloved pet. Animals are wonderful companions that give us unconditional love. It can be so tough to deal with their loss because they are like family to us, but we must remember and cherish the good times.