Speak Out for Oct. 9, 2013
October 8, 2013 3:04PM
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Updated: November 10, 2013 6:16AM
I’m a proud American but embarrassed. Next time the public votes and it says “incumbent,” remember what they did for us.
Regarding tipping for drive-up windows: Now when most places have a tip jar, do they share with everyone such as cooks and other counter people or just the person who takes the money and gives them their order? People who get tips often make less than minimum wage. That’s why they allow tips. Suck it up or get a better job.
Here’s a salute to World War II veterans. Congratulations to the WWII vets who pushed aside barricades to tour the World War II memorial, in defiance of the U.S. government shutdown, which closed all of the memorials in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Finally, vets are doing something besides saluting at cemeteries.
Herbert T. from Hazel Crest
I’m not religious but to those discussing how people die, I say this: I’m no scholar, but wasn’t the original idea of God that he was a vengeful God?
Illinois legislators will get back pay with interest. If the interest is more than a nickel, I want to know where they’re banking.
This whole movement against gay marriage is mimicking the Salem, Mass., witch trials. Conservatives claim to have the Bible as proof as to why “these people” are suddenly the root of all evil. Some even announce they want us dead. In many cases we are killed, we are publicly ostracized and maimed or children are committing suicide. All the conservatives want to say about it is: “Well, you shouldn’t have been gay,” when they don’t even know what “being gay” is. You should follow the advice of Pope Francis and stop demonizing other people and take care of yourself first.
CC from Chicago
The Phil Kadner column regarding the so-called federal government shutdown was nothing less than appalling. Among the misfortunate shutdown “victims” Mr. Kadner cited, he referred to two gentlemen who were not able to obtain replacement Social Security cards at this time. These poor folks were “victims” of what exactly? It’s been years since they lost their Social Security cards, and now they are “victims.” Why did they wait so long to act? It would seem to me that they are “victims” of their own ineptness. How about using the R word here, Mr. Kadner, for responsibility, as in personal responsibility?
Ron B. from Oak Forest
Regarding bumper stickers: I, too, am an independent voter who is tempted to have a bumper sticker that states, “Support bumper stickers that have a comical number of words that could never possibly fit on an ordinary bumper? Then you must vote for people who like to get rear-ended because someone is following too close to read rambling bumper stickers to completion.”
A commenter complained that Obamacare costs more because health care insurance must now cover maternity care whether or not you want it. I don’t need mental health care, but I’m not complaining that some health care insurance premiums increased because of this mandatory coverage. People who never had children must pay the same high property taxes as everyone else to send your kids to public schools, so quit complaining about what Obamacare covers because all of us are paying for something we don’t need or use. This is what it means to live in and be part of a community.
Why are we helping all of these foreign countries when we have people living in poverty in the United States? Some of these people in foreign countries are burning our flag and ridiculing us. The United States is in heavy debt. I think these countries will never repay us. This is our tax money.
About flier delivery: Here’s a message to those who deliver ads for stores: We who live in condominiums usually have a bin in the lobby for bulk mail and ads. This keeps high winds from blowing papers everywhere and keeps our place neat. Please use the bins, and thank you for not littering our homes.
Back in the day retailers would ask if you were a senior citizen for a discount. Nowadays when they ask you, it is then that you have to ask them what they consider to be a senior. Back in the day there was one age and you knew how to answer. Nowadays anything goes.
Linda from Monee
The hatred I read from some of the people commenting online is disgusting. It is a shame we have so much ignorance, bigotry and intolerance living in the south suburbs.
Shutdown. What shutdown ? Most of these people have not done anything for years. It’s business as usual, only a lot more people are resting at home instead of resting at their jobs.
TAW from Oak Lawn
Retired educators put in years before retiring with a pension based on the union contract. They can work for their former school district but are limited to a number of days. Other workers can work part time after their retirements and are often valued. I’m a retired school social worker. The negative comments against educators sadden me. We get paid a salary while working and receive it by 12 or 10 months per our union contracts. Anyone with a college degree can sign up to be a substitute teacher. Some school districts have difficulty finding enough. Try it. You’re needed.
Prudence Y. from Hometown