Speak Out for Oct. 11, 2013
October 10, 2013 3:54PM
Rich South High School | Casey Toner~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 12, 2013 6:24AM
I don’t think the charges were severe enough on the children involved in the brawl at Rich South High School. I think they should round up the parents and hold them accountable as well.
It seems like the Chicago newscasters give the Chicago crime report just like a normal weather report. “It’s cloudy today, 10 people are shot, six people are wounded and a slight chance of rain tonight.” It’s like a nightly routine. It’s like people expect the shootings and people don’t care about them anymore. Chicago’s crime rate is a sinful disgrace. Some people and tourists don’t want to come here. I don’t blame them.
Keke Palmer is someone all of us in the Southland should be proud to watch. She is from Robbins and has become a big success since moving to California. This 20-year-old is a talented actress and singer. She is intelligent, charming and mature.
Patricia from Alsip
With all of the dead trees in Tinley Park due to the emerald ash borer, this impacts the character of every neighborhood in our community. I’d like to see a focus on issues that we actually care about and less emphasis on roundabouts, new train stations and other wasteful spending. Our leaders on all levels of government have let us down.
Michael from Tinley Park
I’m the person that commented about tip jars. It doesn’t strike me as unusual that some of the responses were completely ego-driven and missed the point. I have no problem with tipping within its proper perspective such as waitresses, waiters, etc. Maybe they should “suck it up or get a better job”? They knew what the job paid when they took it. If it makes you feel “so good” to put a smile on someone’s face, then why don’t you do like I do and contribute to a food shelter where people are completely devastated due to the current economy?
About universal health care: I’m not a big fan of Obamacare, but it’s the best we have right now. A better plan would have been universal health care: a Medicare-For-All. Everyone turning 65 years old wants to be Medicare-eligible. I know people who worked at government jobs that don’t qualify for Social Security but who made sure they had enough part-time jobs over their lifetime so they could get Medicaid, so it must be a good thing. It’s those darned insurance companies who pushed for Obamacare instead.
An article in SouthtownStar titled “Debt looms large in Oak Lawn” makes me wonder whether our public officials are on the same planet as the homeowners and the general population along the lines of raising property and other taxes.
Who are the patriots? Barriers were up around the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. WWII veterans from the Honor Flight plowed right through them. Good for them! These men stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, and people thought a barrier would keep these patriots out? The WWII Memorial is like Buckingham Fountain here in Chicago. You just look at it. Why have the barriers? I think the White House is doing this for show. They wanted to make a point about the government shutdown, and it backfired.
I don’t understand how unions can be bad for the working men and women of the United States but the corporations can band together so that they can make large profits and stick them in their pockets and avoid paying taxes, and that’s OK.
Obamacare health insurance is just like mandatory auto insurance here in Illinois, and some people don’t carry auto insurance. The difference is you’re only in trouble for auto insurance if you’re caught without it when you’re pulled over, but you’re in trouble for Obamacare by the Internal Revenue Service every year with no questions asked.
Some people say that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is constantly under pressure. NFL star quarterback Peyton Manning from the Denver Broncos once said, “Pressure is something you feel when you don’t know what the hell you’re doing.”
Bob from Oak Forest
A lot of people think our public servants are overpaid. In my opinion, they should be paid top dollar. They lay their lives down for us every day. They are the true heroes and they deserve respect and honor. They should have their own holidays where we can show appreciation. I’m proud of our public servants.
While there is a huge push in October to donate due to breast cancer awareness, there should also be a push to research the charitable organization you are looking to donate to. Take a look at the percentage of funds that goes to research, cure, education and support and the percentage that goes to administrative costs.