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Speak Out for Oct. 16, 2013

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Updated: November 17, 2013 6:26AM



I don’t understand why these two sides can’t get together. Maybe they need new pacifiers until they learn how to treat the Americans who put them where they are. Too many people are out of work.

I find that people who say “um” or “uh” while they are talking are composing what they are thinking about and don’t really know what they are talking about. I don’t even listen to somebody like that. A lot of the stuff on television is not spontaneous. It’s spelled out for them. When they say “um” it sounds like they are not intelligent about the subject.

Why is Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki trying to shove a Wal-Mart down people’s throats here? We don’t want it.

Jim from Brookside Glen

To the retirees of Chicago: Let’s not forget what they are trying to do to us with our health and welfare benefits. Come election time, let’s send them packing. It’s time for new people in Chicago office.

I can’t believe that taxpayers fall for the feeble excuse that if you don’t give striking teachers everything they ask for, your property values will go down. Give me a break! There are thousands of kids graduating from colleges with a degree in education that would love to get a teaching job and can’t find work except for maybe part time at Kohl’s, McDonald’s or Jewel.

I think wealthy people and multinational corporations owe part of their prosperity to rule of law and the protection of their assets by government workers. Policemen, firemen, National Guard and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. have kept the peasants at bay for more than 100 years. What if the rich had to call 911 and no one answered? Oh, wait. They have gated communities, guns and bodyguards. Maybe extreme wealth causes irrationality.

At one time unions were strong, but it seems like unions are failing now. I’d like to know why unions are not sticking up for the city employees. They love to take their union dues, and they sure know where the city employees are when they want to run for office. You know who these people are but you sure don’t support these workers. You have a bully dictating to you and you are sitting there like a bunch of frightened little girls and you are letting them get away with everything.

I wholeheartedly agree that people need to take a break from their mobile devices. It’s a shame that we don’t spend more time really listening to what each other has to say.

A Speak Out commenter superciliously chided Republicans for missing civics class by reminding them that only the Supreme Court or elections can change a law. Obviously he missed more than civics class. Federal laws are amended, revised, interpreted and rescinded on a daily basis.

Here’s just a thought about the closings of Dominick’s. Was it the unions or management who screwed up this food chain? I know the union is just protecting its members, but what was management doing? Did the union ever tell the executives what was going on at the store level? Did the company ever ask the union what they thought? I doubt it. It sounds a lot like the Congress, and guess who the losers are.

I’m a Chicago Bears fan but I’m also realistic. I honestly thought that with all of the new additions the Bears would at least make the playoffs. But after the game against the New York Giants on Oct. 10, I’m having second thoughts. The Bears cannot beat an 0-5 team by more than 6 points? Looking at their future opponents, they’ll be lucky to win their fifth game.

Bob from Oak Forest

A recent Forum letter suggested enforcing gun laws. I’m completely in favor of that. Instead of writing new gun laws, just enforce the ones you have. If you break a federal law, then put them away in a federal prison. Get them out of the Chicago area. Why write new laws when you don’t enforce the ones you have? The only people you are pushing the laws against are the honest citizens. It doesn’t make any sense to me.

Tom from Oak Lawn

I’m a retiree. Conservatives bemoan leaving the national debt to their children. For my 40 working years I paid 10 percent of my income to support schools yet I am childless. Now that I am too old and ill to work, those children who are now grown can help take care of me. It’s called the social contract. It cannot be easily torn up.

The political gridlock in Washington, D.C., is a complete disaster. It keeps getting worse by the day. Some of the people who we voted for turned out to be completely dysfunctional. Both sides just keep going for the other’s jugular vein. They could care less about the people. President Obama keeps rewarding these incompetent idiots. The United States is going into bankruptcy and dysfunction.

Alsip Joe

About the lottery: To the commenter who complained about waiting in line to buy gasoline behind lottery players: Come into the 21st century. You should be able to get a credit card or use a card to purchase gas at the pump. There’s no waiting. You pay your bill once a month, and you can take advantage of credit card rewards. This is why they don’t have many employees in these stations waiting to “service” patrons.

John from Homer Glen



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