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Speak Out for Sept. 30, 2013

The U.S. Post Office Chicago's Mount Greenwood community could be named for fallen firefighter Capt. Herbie Johnsif supporters have their

The U.S. Post Office in Chicago's Mount Greenwood community could be named for fallen firefighter Capt. Herbie Johnson if supporters have their way. | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 1, 2013 6:14AM



Did you see the article regarding renaming the post office in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community? I’m completely against this. Politicians need to stop naming public buildings.

Let the federal government shut down. Who cares? I think all they have done is spend us to $17 trillion into the hole, and for what? We would be better off keeping our money and spending where we decide to spend, not where some Washington, D.C., idiot wants to spend it. Let them all go home. Social Security recipients, you earned it and you gave it to them. Don’t blame me. And everyone else who gave it to the feds, don’t blame me for them spending it all and then some. You voted for them. Now you live with it.

I don’t want the Wal-Mart backed up to my back yard. If you want the Wal-Mart, then build it in your neighborhood. Brookside Glen does not need a Wal-Mart. We don’t need the crime and traffic. Build it in old Tinley Park where everybody wants it, not in Brookside Glen.

I can’t figure out why anyone would wait in line to be eligible to get free junk to put into their bodies every week for the next year. Chick-fil-A is junk food, nothing more, nothing less. It’s no wonder so many people in the United States have health problems now. So many have no clue as to what a proper meal should be.

Chicago

We need to create a law to stop nepotism in politics. It doesn’t work. Power corrupts and total nepotism power totally corrupts.

Pete from Oak Lawn

Chicago Ald. Nicholas Sposato recently held a toilet paper relief drive for schools in his ward. Good for him, but $17 million recently went to Walter Payton College Prep, one school, and could have bought a lot of toilet paper for all schools. Do these people in Chicago see how bad this looks? I think it’s just plain stupid. That’s what it is. One school gets $17 million while other schools can’t even buy toilet paper.

The same people who are complaining about development in Brookside Glen are the same people who will complain when property taxes are too high because we keep fighting any development. When we moved in to Brookside Glen we knew it was an industrial park. This is nothing new. It’s just people complaining just to complain. I welcome any development that comes our way and helps our town financially.

Matt from Brookside Glen

A Speak Out commenter stated that Republicans demonize women. What facts do you have to support this? There are many Democrats such as President Clinton and former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner who I think are completely disrespectful of women especially their wives. If you want to see the demonetization of women, then do a little research on Obamacare.

In response to the commenter complaining about how the Lotto machines work, with taxes going up daily, health care in the toilet and people trying to struggle to make ends meet daily, I really think how the Lotto machines work is our last concern. Wow, just wow.

Laura from Monee

About Cook County Circuit Judge Sophia Hall’s ruling on Illinois same-sex marriage: I think the right for same-sex marriage is not an issue anymore. The law is in motion and there is nothing anybody can do to stop it. There is no opponent to the matter anymore besides some religious nuts. The more news articles that report of same-sex marriage as a scandal will make everyone believe that it is just that, but society is moving in a different way and the idea is in motion.

Professionals working longer than they need to is unfair to many. You’re keeping jobs from the younger struggling generation. You’re also sometimes no longer able to do your best. Do you want your child taught by teachers that have been teaching the same things they did 25 years ago? Do you want police or firefighters helping you that are young and energetic or that have trouble walking? These people have worked many thankless years. I’d like to thank them for their service but ask them to move on and make room for those willing and able to do great things.

Regarding the Cornell Square Park shootings: Kewane Gatewood, one of the alleged shooters, had an assault rifle hidden under his bed. This is why parents need to inspect their kids’ rooms no matter what their age. Parents need to take back control. My prayers are with all the people that were shot and their families especially 3-year-old Deonta “Tay-man” Howard.

An epidemic has poisoned communities for years regardless of economic status. It’s more insidious and rarely acknowledged when it occurs in wealthier suburbs where parents may be more educated, articulate and qualified to manipulate the system. I was born in the mid-1950s and am a survivor of physical and psychological abuse by parents who shouldn’t have had children. While some damage never goes away, through professional guidance a survivor can become a well-adjusted, productive society member. Don’t give up. If you’re an abuser, seek professional help before a child is sacrificed emotionally or physically. There’s no excuse for child abuse.

Jill from Orland Park

Teachers are there to teach, not baby-sit. It’s the parents’ responsibility to make sure their kids did their homework, had breakfast, have enough school supplies, etc. I think parents these days are always looking for someone else to blame.



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