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Speak Out for Sept. 29, 2013

Slot machines are popular game for many who enjoy visiting casinos.  |  AP file photo

Slot machines are a popular game for many who enjoy visiting casinos. | AP file photo

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Updated: October 30, 2013 6:38AM



I think Illinois is losing revenue. Some people are going on chartered buses, traveling three hours to a casino in Michigan because they are saying the slots are too tight here in Illinois.

A big “thank you” to Oak Forest police detectives Mike Varkalis, Tim Kristin and the Cook County state’s attorney office for their efficient and kind handling of our court case. The case was resolved and our money returned to us. Everyone treated us professionally and knew how important this was to us. Thank you.

Pat from Oak Forest

Gun enthusiasts say that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Why don’t you ever read about a mass killing with a crossbow, club, knife or any other weapon? I think it’s because guns kill people.

Can someone legally hold the position of school board member and mayor of a town at the same time? Someone must have the right answer.

One of the hallmarks of a civilized nation is that we are guided by the rule of law. You are innocent until proven guilty. Syria has proclaimed that they are innocent of using chemical weapons on their citizens. They should have their day in court where both sides can present evidence. There is no need to rush into war. Let’s gather all of the evidence and then use the United Nations to adjudicate so that justice can be served. War is not a game. Everyone who participates will end up killing innocents.

Ben from Park Forest

Fact of the matter is every time a retired teacher accepts a substitute teaching job for a day, they are taking away a day’s pay for someone who depends on that income. If you retired teachers are so bored and need something to do, volunteer. There are many agencies that would love having you. Leave the subbing jobs to the unemployed new college grads or the unfortunate souls who are not collecting pensions. Or better yet, for each day you sub, we reduce that pension check by the day. Volunteering is always appreciated.

That blowhard, former Chicago Ald. William Beavers who called himself the “hog with the big nuts,” is getting his comeuppance. Unlike Boss Hogg in the TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard,” Beavers is going to the gray-bar hotel. Hey, Boss, think of it as a trip to the casino, but ya just can’t leave when ya want. See ya in six months.

Tom from Evergreen Park

The Affordable Care Act offers new benefits and protections for those of us that already have a health care plan. If you are not insured, you can buy it on your own through the exchange. The exchange offers affordable rates. And yes, it forces those without insurance to buy it. The Affordable Care Act has not been fully implemented yet. Why not see what happens once it is implemented? How would you feel if you had a diagnosis of cancer and you did not have health care? Giving everyone access to health care is the right thing to do.

I don’t see how Tinley Park will be ruined by a Wal-Mart. I think Orland Hills was not wrecked when a Wal-Mart came there. A lot of people would like their little utopia forever. Some Tinley Park residents want this Wal-Mart.

Other TV shows filming in Chicago include ABC’s “Mind Games” and NBC’s “Crisis” and “Chicago PD,” the “Chicago Fire” spin-off. Hopefully there are many scenes with our city on the small screen.

Alyssa Gunther is a fantastic softball player. She is someone I look up to. I had the opportunity to play against her during my Bremen High School season. A hard worker like her doesn’t come around often. She has come a long way. Taking over the game when you’re not a pitcher or catcher is something special for someone as good as her. Encouraging others to work hard with her just says one of the little things she would do to keep her spot high. She truly does have the love for the game. Unlike most others, she shows it.

As a skeptic and atheist, I take pride that I have researched the Abrahamic religions, ultimately finding them lacking. I wish the religious would read their books and know their canon. The Speak Out commenter who claimed 2 Peter proves the 6,000 years of civilized man better go back to math class or take one in logic. Since his god supposedly made man on the sixth day, that would have placed the six millennia prior to man, not after. Anybody who understands biblical history knows the 6,000 years was a ballpark estimation based upon all the “begats” in the Bible.

Orland Park

What is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel going to do about violence in Chicago? I think the answer is nothing. There is nothing to do until the people in those communities stand up and say, “Enough is enough,” and change their behavior.

Who is responsible for singer Michael Jackson’s death? I think Michael Jackson is and no one else. He was rich enough to pay people to do what he wanted — drugs, plastic surgery, skin lightening and whatever he desired. His family needs to stop and place the blame where it belongs — solely on Michael. The news media needs to stop, too. He’s dead. Let him rest in peace.

About fall: How I agree with the recent Speak Out commenter about rainy mornings, starlit nights, etc., and what’s not to like. Those are all wonderful things, but for those of us who need a sweater for anything below 80 degrees, there’s a lot of cold temperatures not to like. Oh well! We cope.

Gary from Oak Forest



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