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Speak Out for Nov. 17, 2013

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill. waits greet veteran group from Chicago World War II Memorial Oct. 2 2013 WashingtDC. (Phoby

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., waits to greet a veteran group from Chicago at the World War II Memorial on Oct. 2, 2013, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Updated: December 18, 2013 6:39AM



So U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says all stroke patients deserve equal care. Since he got 51 physical therapy sessions in his insurance coverage so should every U.S. citizen. Let’s demand it.

A Speak Out commenter was talking about getting mail about cremation, hearing aids and help with burial expenses. I get this same kind of mail, but I write “return to sender” and dump them into the mailbox. I don’t know where this mail goes from there but it’s not coming back to me now.

I wonder if those complaining about stores opening on Thanksgiving, Sundays or other holidays have shopped on those days. I’m old enough to remember having to get your grocery shopping finished by 6 p.m. weekdays and hoping you didn’t run out of milk on Sundays because those stores were closed. All malls and merchants closed by 6 p.m. weekdays (with one night of late shopping until 8 p.m. Thursdays) and 5 p.m. Saturdays, with no Sunday hours. Would complainers rather we go back to that? If no one shops on Thanksgiving, do you think stores will be open next year?

Chicago

To the Monee commenter about children that need to obtain the license plates of people trying to lure them into a vehicle: Children are wasting precious time if they stop to write down license plates. I agree that these freaks need to be off the streets. I also agree with safety first for any child.

Linda from Monee

President Obama’s approval rating is at an all-time low. While I’m glad to know the American people are finally waking up to his lies and expertise at misleading people, I worry that it is too late. Hopefully Americans have woken up to the fact that you cannot just keep giving people free stuff because that doesn’t work, and you can’t keep stealing money from working people to give to the rich and the so-called poor. Democrats are supposedly the party of the working people. I have yet to see it.

Gov. Pat Quinn flew around Illinois promoting the Veterans Cash lottery tickets. Do you believe the previous claim about money from the Illinois Lottery going toward education and schools? I think that money went everywhere but the schools. Ask Gov. Quinn to explain this before he goes flying around promoting the instant lottery ticket that is supposed to benefit veterans. I think it’s all a farce.

Harvey

Everyone loves to comment about welfare and the Link card in Speak Out, but hardly anyone comments about all the corporate welfare the United States hands out. A good example is the oil subsidies. These oil companies are making billion-dollar profits yet they continue to receive millions of our tax dollars. At least the poor people on Link are putting the money back into our economy. They spend every penny they receive, thus helping businesses. I think the oil companies just keep padding their profits, handing out millions in bonuses to top executives. Shouldn’t corporate welfare be our outrage?

It is too bad that our wonderful Illinois Legislature doesn’t find it as easy to pass meaningful reform to a state pension plan that is bankrupting our state as it did to decide gay marriage should be permitted in the state.

David E. from Tinley Park

We admire Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis for continuing to hold firm against the arrogance of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. Until now, he has been dictating whatever he wants. Finally he has met his match.

To Alsip Joe and Jim from Evergreen Park: Thanks for the words of logic and sanity mixed with entertainment. Perhaps the two of you can get together and run for office. You would definitely get our votes.

Sharon and Tammy from Palos

About taxing the rich: Quite some time ago a Speak Out commenter referenced the band Ten Years After’s song “I’d Love to Change the World” written by Alvin Lee. It is what I really want with regards to taxing the rich. The middle class is suffering. Look up the lyrics to John Lennon’s song “Give Me Some Truth.” That’s all I want. It’s the truth.

Mary Anne from Bridgeview

It’s beautiful to know the law spoke again on Nov. 5. When you let one religion dictate the law of the land, it’s called a theocracy. The U.S. Constitution and its laws call for a democracy to protect the freedom of all citizens. When you say you don’t approve of gay marriage because of your religious background, you violate the religious freedoms of the millions who may not believe the same. You have the freedom to believe what you will. To act on that belief brings you into the law’s hands, which will cause you to lose 35 more times.

CC from Joliet

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan condemned Andy Shaw and the Better Government Association for investigating the employment history of 30 of Madigan’s political volunteers. Well, if Mike doesn’t like what Andy is doing, that surely means Andy is doing something right as president and chief executive officer of the BGA.



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