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Speak Out for Oct. 10, 2013

Former Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman said he will put together 'basketball diplomacy' event involving players from North Korea. The event

Former Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman said he will put together a "basketball diplomacy" event involving players from North Korea. The event will be sponsored by the Irish online betting company Paddy Power. | Getty Images photo

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Updated: November 11, 2013 12:08PM



Instead of former Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman getting involved in international affairs with North Korea, he should be concerned about his own personal life. It is pretty bad when his ex-wife has to go on the History TV show “Pawn Stars” to sell his old jerseys to aid in supporting the children they had together because he is behind on child support.

Please spare me. The price of stamps could be going up again to 49 cents for first-class mail. Stop this penny here and another penny in a few years. Just raise the rate to 50 cents. We are getting there slowly anyway.

I recently was dropping off items at a shop in Worth. While taking the items out of my car, I saw some guy walk out of a bar with a beer in a clear plastic cup. He walked to his car, got in and drove off. Since when is it OK to give out “to go” cups on liquor, let alone to drive with one?

NS from Alsip

Let me see. Christians can’t prove God exists. They can’t prove Jesus was divine. They can’t prove there is a heaven. Biblical scholars have found errors in their so-called holy book of the Bible, yet they want me to have faith. Yeah, right!

Mel from Orland Park

Hey, Republicans, did you miss civics class? Reminder: A bill passes through Congress, the president signs it and it becomes a law. There are two ways to change the law: through the Supreme Court and through elections. You lost on both counts. Our Constitution is 224 years old. Respect it. Grow up and act like adults. I think you are an international embarrassment. Oh, I’ve written this at a fifth-grade level so you might understand it. Did you notice the short sentences?

About auto insurance: Consumer, beware. Ever hear of guaranteed auto protection insurance? Let’s say you owe $15,000 on your car. The car gets totalled. Your insurer deems through depreciation that your car is only worth $12,000. That $3,000 difference you are stuck with is because you did not purchase GAP insurance.

J.K.

Although I feel the domestic violence problem in South Africa is a difficult one, I question the effectiveness of starting a program on domestic violence over in another country when the statistics on domestic violence here in the United States seem to be steadily on the rise. Is there money from the Clinton Foundation, which could foster solutions for the many victims of domestic violence here in the United States? Must we always look for solutions for others while neglecting our own? What ever happened to “charity begins at home”?

Kim from Park Forest

War is big business. Just ask former Vice President Dick Cheney. One of our biggest manufacturing products still made in the United States are weapons. I should have been investing in bombs and bullets. There’s no shortage of jobs in these plants I would bet.

Willow Springs

To the Speak Out commenter who claims evolution is ridiculous, implausible and unsubstantiated: Why then do most scientists on Earth call it a fact? I guess molecular genetics is a bit over your head.

There are a lot of pharmacies and stores that advertise deals “with a card.” I’m waiting for a funeral parlor to only accept you with a card. It used to be that money was the thing that bought stuff, not some card. Money talks. The card doesn’t mean anything. Nobody refuses money.

I have worked in dozens of situations. I’d really like to have it revealed just what kind of employment or occupational activity the “leadership” in Washington, D.C., spent their time with prior to becoming a member of our elected “elite,” “knowledgeable” and “service-minded” government employees. I couldn’t help but recall the adage of “Those who can’t do, teach” only I’d like to amend or augment this saying by adding the words “or get elected.” It seems as though two of the longest-tenured professions have become teaching and being in office with virtually impossible and irrevocable benefits, insurance, pensions, etc.

Ray K. from Burbank

Farmers in California and other states say they can’t find enough people to pick some crops. Workers have been lured by better pay or easier work elsewhere. I have a solution. Instead of sitting around, watching television or lifting weights, let the nonviolent prisoners go to the farms.

It’s not fair. I don’t understand. About 85 percent of the people were insured by their employers and likely happy with their health care yet 15 percent of the people were not. Why couldn’t we work to provide something for these people and not come up with Obamacare, which seems like it’s going to penalize the middle class? Those whose income is low enough will be able to get Obamacare yet the middle class may not qualify for this help and coverage, but their insurance rates may go up to provide coverage for the 15 percent. It doesn’t seem fair.

Palos Heights

The Powerball game actually had consecutive numbers drawn: 52, 53 and 54 on Sept. 28, which was one day after a lottery comment about the Powerball ran in Speak Out. What would a numerologist, astrologer, psychic and exorcist think about that coincidence? Perhaps there are ghosts playing their own version of ping-pong with the lottery games.



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