Speak Out for Oct. 18, 2013
October 17, 2013 4:10PM
Cher's Dressed to Kill tour in 2014 will include five months of concerts throughout the United States and Canda. | Getty Images photo
Updated: November 19, 2013 6:27AM
I’ve been waiting all these decades for Cher to pass an audition. She’s going on the Fossils and Fogies tour. For what? She and Madonna should give it up.
Mike P. from Chicago
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Tinley Park is holding its annual poppy drive Oct. 25 and 26 at a store near you. We would appreciate your support.
Ray from Tinley Park
Take a look at all of the seniors getting scared like rats scurrying when the lights are turned on when government officials threaten Social Security checks may not be sent out on time if the debt ceiling issue is not resolved. I know three things that totally rile seniors and they are loud noises, quick movements and putting “Social Security” and “not receive” in the same sentence.
A lot of people are coming down hard against the parents of the students in the Rich South High School brawl. I was brought up in the 1960s. If my parents would have known half the stuff I did back then as far as getting into fights and other stuff, they would have killed me. I had good parents but they didn’t know what I was getting into. These Rich South and Rich Central high school students have good parents. It’s not the parents’ fault. Sometimes children hang around with the wrong crowd. You can’t blame the parents for everything.
I think politicians should sign a contract before going into office that states if you are caught and convicted of stealing, then you should receive an automatic prison term of 30 years with no parole. This would stop this behavior. Look at the lives that they have disrupted. They have stolen from the worker at the discount retailer or from the guy who puts tires on your car. These are the types of hardworking American taxpayers they are stealing from.
Pete from Oak Lawn
I read about the outdoor art crumbling in Joliet. Maybe Rialto Square Theatre could host a benefit to help raise funds to restore some of this art to their glory days. This restoration of the murals would make a more inviting downtown Joliet. I’ve been to the Rialto on many occasions. They have a stellar group of volunteers working to enhance programs. With a project of this magnitude, all citizens should work together to make this endeavor a reality. Maybe some artists could donate time. I have heard Home Depot and Lowe’s have donated supplies for various enhancement projects.
Bernadine from Palos Heights
The pension fiasco continues to grow in Illinois with no end in sight. They just continue to think it will somehow go away. Get ready. I think we are the one who will pay for this mess. They have created it by stealing from the pensions yet none of them will be held accountable. That’s why they do what they do. It’s because we let them.
The Republicans think they are going to come out smelling like roses after this government shutdown. They will actually come out smelling like stinkweeds.
Joan from Matteson
To Mel from Orland Park: I know God exists, Jesus is divine, there’s a heaven and the Bible is absolutely true. He proved himself by radically changing my life, healing me when the surgeon said “impossible.” His word is precious. Jesus saves. I was at the bedside of a dying friend who lifted, said “Jesus” with a big smile and slumped back and died. I’ve seen it in the U.S. Marine Corps and heard that precious name as men cried out. Any doubts? Are you kidding me? Faith is right, not “yeah, right.” No, I’m not a minister or chaplain.
Fred from Frankfort
It’s a shame that some of the unions are more interested in paying off the politicians than they are in getting things done for their workers.
Bill from Oak Forest
Does Will Country realize that just one of the present entities that would be obliterated by the ill-conceived and controversial Illiana Expressway tollway is the Will County Fairgrounds, which Will County would have to replace? John Greuling, chief executive for the Will County Center for Economic Development, referred to this as a bypass. How realistic is it that trucks would leave Interstate 80, which is free, and flock to their tollway? How realistic is it that a dependable private partner could be found? The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning board is correct to nix the Illiana tollway.
Let me see if I have this right. Thousands of immigrants gathered at an open mall in Washington, D.C., to protest for immigration rights. Even some of the U.S. representatives and U.S. senators were with them. On the other hand, monuments are closed down for World War II veterans. Does anybody see anything wrong here?
Regarding playing the lottery: Cash is king. Some of us do not want extra fees incurred by credit card companies. People also buy food as well as gasoline at the station. So as a courtesy let’s keep the line moving. Step aside to play scratch-off tickets.
Some airlines are taking out the old seats and replacing them with the new “slimline” models. They say it will result in a smaller fuel bill because the new seats don’t weigh as much. But then they will be able to put more seats in the same area so more passengers can fit on the plane. Hmmm, don’t people weigh more than seats especially if you’re adding additional passengers? So the smaller fuel bill is just an excuse. I would rather they just come out and be truthful.
Linda from Evergreen Park
How can Congress work to make Obamacare better if President Obama will not change one thing in the law?