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Speak Out for Oct. 14, 2013

The Rev. Robert Bartz is stepping down as pastor Immanuel Lutheran Church RichtPark.  |  DonnVickroy/Sun-Times Media

The Rev. Robert Bartz is stepping down as pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Richton Park. | Donna Vickroy/Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 15, 2013 6:15AM



Thank you to the Rev. Robert Bartz, who retired after 12 years of leading Immanuel Lutheran Church in Richton Park. The community was enriched by his quiet accomplishments.

Attention, SouthtownStar Speak Out readers, it’s almost the middle of October and I have not heard or read about the annual National Fire Prevention Month’s alerts to change those batteries in our homes’ smoke alarms and carbon monoxide warning units. So heads up, people, and check those ceiling units as soon as possible. It possibly could save you or your loved ones’ lives this winter.

Chet from South Chicago Heights

A commenter said hospitals are laying off because of the health care law. Please explain how the layoffs are related to the Affordable Care Act. I believe the layoffs are intended to maximize profits.

Some people say, “Shut it down.” I say, “Let it stay open and work on the problems.”

Regarding government threats: How dare the Congress and President Obama accept their paychecks while threatening to cut benefits for injured, survivors or retired military personnel as well as scaring senior citizens with cutting off their disability and Social Security checks. They have all shown their true colors.

Kent from Monee

Why doesn’t Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel or Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis ever seem to question where the money is from the Illinois Lottery for education? Even if it’s not coming from the lottery, I think the money is going into the thousands of construction projects or street pavings that constantly pock this state. This statement is true: There are two seasons in Chicago. They are winter and construction. I’ve got a question for all of you. What is more important — a child’s education or a street? Stop all of this constant construction.

Someone advise me on how a cable company can have different rate plans for different townships. In Harvey basic cable from one company costs about $80 and in other areas it’s cheaper from the same company. How is the rate plan determined? A professional opinion would be appreciated.

W.L. from Oak Forest

I’ve been married over 30 years. I finally read “Fifty Shades of Grey.” While the book is hot, I’m confused as to the shock of so many younger people. We hear how some of them sleep around and don’t commit. Maybe if they quit watching porn and found the right person they would feel comfortable experimenting sexually. I’m surprised the so-called sexually liberated generation has no imagination. You should be with someone you love and trust before any experimenting. If you need to regularly watch porn, it’s stopping you from forming a real relationship. Porn has nothing to teach you.

It seems like the Chicago Blackhawks players are all nice guys and really down-to-earth. They are always presenting themselves well with their nice dress, and they will always talk to you. They never come off like they are better than you. I think they are some of the best sports figures out there.

Marlene from Oak Lawn

Illinois could save money by cutting out pensions for these part-time state representatives and state senators.

Tinley Park

I’m sure that most of you reading this have seen that volunteerism should be added to the high school students’ or seniors’ list of activities prior to graduation, this being accomplished by x amount of hours as a volunteer to some agency, hospital, library or some other organization as possibly being mandatory before graduation. Your village offices can steer you to all groups that use volunteers. The idea of volunteering can also apply to adults. Also, you could approach the school district and/or the parent-teacher association to get their views and opinions and who will have to make this happen.

Crestwood

I’m surprised by how many people are glued to their mobile devices. Sure, it can be fun to stay connected, but it’s also good to take a break from the electronics and engage in real conversation.

We are Americans. We cannot be forced into a plan that will hurt us, overtax us and treat us as second-class citizens.

To the person who thinks the “public servants” deserve more pay because these public servants put their lives on the line every day for all of us: I say there is no greater slave than one who thinks he is free. The public servants have made themselves public masters who now want to be known as heroes, a title which should only go to anyone performing a duty above and beyond what is expected. I call it brainwashing and if this person really thinks they deserve more pay, then I say send in more money when you pay your taxes.

While they revamp the health care system they should do better customer service. I tried all day to call the doctor. I went in circles between an automated answering service, live operators and forever being on hold.



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