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Speak Out for Nov. 22, 2013

Despite being from wild more more coyotes are being spotted suburban areas.  |  File photo

Despite being from the wild, more and more coyotes are being spotted in suburban areas. | File photo

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Updated: December 23, 2013 3:02PM



There are coyotes because we are moving into their homes. I have a chain-link fence yet always check my yard before letting my dog out. If people don’t want wildlife, then stop moving further into the suburbs.

Fall is the favorite season for many including yours truly. It usually starts off in a green suit. As time progresses, it puts on its coat of many colors. And finally, it exits in an amazing Technicolor dreamcoat. I love this season best of all. There are not too many complaints of it being too hot or too cold. Goodbye, fall. Hello, winter.

Bernadine from Palos Heights

Maybe the people who collected food, water, clothes and money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines have some left for the people of Illinois who were hit by the tornado. Help your neighbor, Chicago.

RT from Tinley Park

I think Democrats in Congress would jump ship in the middle of a storm. I believe 39 Democrats voted with Republicans to fix the Obamacare bill because of their constituents back home.

The French tourists are warned about certain areas of Chicago that are dangerous. My husband and I lived and raised our family in the city for 50 years. We relocated to the suburbs 20 years ago. We are now afraid of the area we came from. It is very dangerous in a lot of areas in Chicago especially if you don’t know exactly where you are going.

Oak Forest

A lot of people are upset about stores being open on Thanksgiving. They cry that the workers should be with their families on that day. There are many reasons why someone would want to work on Thanksgiving. Maybe they already had their meal with the family and don’t mind working. Maybe they don’t have family to spend Thanksgiving with. Maybe they hate their family and would rather be at work. It’s none of your business why they are working. If you don’t want to work on Thanksgiving then don’t work.

As a teacher who had worked under U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, I was deeply insulted by his racist and sexist statements about “white suburban moms” and blaming them as being the voice of opposition to the Common Core State Standards and against his academic standards. As far as I know he has never taught or substituted or even taken courses in education.

It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.

The way people talk negatively now, it seems like some people are extremely jealous of people with money. It seems like the adjectives “rich” or “wealthy” are curse words, and so-called rich people are falling for all this negative talk because it’s almost like they are embarrassed to be making so much money. Isn’t it everyone’s dream to make a truckload of money? It’s not bad to be wealthy.

Adults are not allowed to use the children’s computers at Orland Park Public Library so children shouldn’t be up, on or near the adult computers. I see and hear more profanity just walking through any mall. Maybe the library could just put a partition so patrons, young or old, don’t take offense to anything.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has enough to do without Chicago Ald. Jason Ervin trying to tell him who should be in charge in different districts. Ervin should take care of his own business and leave the police department to their business. Police departments should be run by the best qualified person, not by the color of his skin.

Back in the 1950s an air raid siren was installed in our area. It was used to warn of a Russian attack and tested to scare the daylights out of our sleeping babies. This still takes place at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. It’s a joke. If the Russians want to attack then they could attack at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday. In all of the 58 years I’ve lived here the siren never blew for a weather warning except recently for first time for a tornado. Nobody knew what it meant. Please publish the signals and what they mean.

Chicago Heights

I’ve been a longtime resident in Flossmoor School District 161. I’m very unhappy with the iPads. I think this program is too expensive, and my children have gone on websites they’ve never been on before. Test scores are low and classroom sizes are bigger yet I’m paying more than $9,000 in taxes. I’m very upset that this school board has allowed this. I am contemplating moving.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a big show about money that would come out of our pockets from the speed cameras and go to the children. My eye! There isn’t even a fund set up for this. I guess his word isn’t worth anything.

I believe all this to-do about the gay marriage bill is just subterfuge used on the part of our senators, representatives and Gov. Pat Quinn in Springfield to deflect interest away from the major problems that we have in Illinois. I don’t care who marries whom. I am very concerned about the state’s deficit and the pension problems. I wish they would stop messing around with paltry things and get to the real problems wrong with Illinois.

Tom from Oak Lawn

The tea party will never stop bad-mouthing President Obama no matter how good he does. I think the Affordable Care Act is long overdue in the United States and insurance companies have been ripping us off for years.



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