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Speak Out for Oct. 20, 2013

Dead trees can be problem when there are several them neighborhood.  |  File photo

Dead trees can be a problem when there are several of them in a neighborhood. | File photo

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Updated: November 21, 2013 6:44AM



I agree about how dead trees impact the character of a neighborhood and that officials are not addressing the issue. I live in Frankfort. It seems like nothing is done about the dead trees here.

Regarding donations to the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge: A special thanks to the Knights of Columbus Council 14553 on their campaign to collect items and money for pets, which were donated to the Animal Welfare League on Southwest Highway. Steve Urbaniak, of the Knights of Columbus, presented a check for $165 plus a truckload of pet supplies to Steve Mensching representing the Animal Welfare League. Steve’s father, Ed Urbaniak, was the chairman of this event. Congrats on a job well done!

Oak Lawn

A headline said that President Obama is adopting a new approach to Congress. He is keeping his distance. Isn’t that what he has done the majority of the time for the past five years? His job is to lead and negotiate in good faith, not to engage in name-calling. When things go wrong he blames everyone else, but when anything goes right he will take credit for it every time, even if he had nothing to do with it.

Eagle Ridge

To the contributor that wanted McDonald’s to serve breakfast until 2 p.m.: I have a question: Do you work an irregular work shift, or are you just too lazy to get your butt to McDonald’s at a reasonable time?

About theories: An accepted scientific theory is the best explanation, tested again and again, of the observable universe. Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity, Albert Einstein’s general relativity theory and Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution are outstanding examples of such ideas. They are much more than simpleminded speculation. I think the scientific illiteracy among the general public is truly appalling.

Education starts at home. Generations of children are behind in their education partly because they receive little to none at home. How many inner-city children know the alphabet before they enter through the doors of their kindergarten class the first time? How many know how to spell and write their names? How many can recite their home address and telephone number in case of emergency? I learned things like this from my mother. I also learned life skills like time management, preparedness, politeness and organization. Without life skills, how can a child possibly grow up into a successful adult?

Our wonderful congresspeople did it to us again. The federal shutdown made it hard on lots of people, but it didn’t seem to affect the politicians at all. Politicians will seem like heroes when they finally figure this out. That’s like thanking someone who starts a house on fire for calling the fire department.

I like the idea behind the Illiana Expressway, but wouldn’t it make sense to have it connected to Interstate 80 near Morris?

I read an article touching on the Native American educational gap that’s hardly mentioned when America’s educational crisis is discussed. The article mentioned that while the educational gap has narrowed for blacks and Latinos, it has widened for Native Americans. About 69 percent of Native Americans in high school graduate in four years. Only half of those graduates go to college. The statistics for college completion for Native Americans are also low. While Native Americans are a minority in America, they’re a silent minority that gets overlooked, pushed aside and deemed “not important enough” while resources go toward other minorities.

To Mike P. from Chicago: I saw Cher at a concert several years ago, and she was fantastic. There were young and old at her concert. You need to give Cher credit for her age. She still rocks. You must be young. Just remember this older generation doesn’t buy rocking chairs anymore.

About gun control: I am not a gun owner or a gun promoter, but I believe the politicians have the gun issue wrong. There are people who are walking around in our United States that should be in a mental hospital. Some of the recent laws allow them to release themselves from a hospital. Give this back to the doctors so they can decide who is sick and who should be in a mental institution.

It’s ridiculous: Our state of Illinois is broke and yet we are trying to build a south suburban airport that no one wants and an Illiana Expressway tollway that no one needs.

Adele

We now have speed cameras in Chicago. Of course we all know this idea pertains to the almighty buck. What about the crime rate in Chicago? Oh, that’s right. You can’t make any money if you place cameras in high-crime areas. What is the price of a life? Only in Chicago!

Linda and Laura from Monee

I have no stake whatsoever in the proposed building of the Illiana Expressway. What interest I do have, though, is that this new expressway may be built with some tax money somehow obtained from the taxes of “we the people.” Then when the new expressway is finished, we the people will have to pay a toll to use the new expressway. It’s kind of like the local taxpayers funding their local fire department and then being charged for a ride to the hospital in an emergency, like it is costing the fire department anything. I call it theft by deception.

With this colder weather, I am ready for some warm apple cider. A bonfire would be nice, too. Yes, we live in the Midwest where we should be used to cooler temperatures, but I still get chilled easily.



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