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Speak Out for Nov. 24, 2013

Retailers often count Black Friday day after Thanksgiving be filled with shoppers help their bottom line.  |  Getty

Retailers often count on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, to be filled with shoppers to help their bottom line. | Getty Images file photo

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Updated: December 25, 2013 6:33AM



Stores are meeting demand by opening earlier on Thanksgiving. My kids will work, my wife will shop and I’ll drink some cold ones and watch football.

Kevin

Veterans who participated in the ceremony of deceased military veterans deserve nothing but praise. I experienced pride and glory to see them honor the deceased in a military tribute. I am more encouraged than ever to donate to the cause.

BJ from Hazel Crest

About self-service: I see that a local grocery store’s self-checkout is gone and more people are employed. Now how about the mayors of all the towns in Will County get the gasoline stations in their towns go to full-service? That way, as it was years ago, young people would pump gas and clean your windshield. I, for one, would pay the extra cents per gallon so a person had a job.

Bob K. from Frankfort

More about the same generation of schools that had 48 kids per classroom: Now kids are disrespectful and don’t show up ready to work orwith homework done. Often no one at home is making that a priority. From what I’ve heard, kids with learning disabilities and complex medical issues are mainstreamed, and few schools have a nurse on staff to help. There are ever-increasing standards and scores to achieve.

I can’t believe the Speak Out comment comparing retailers to hospitals, police and fire departments regarding holiday hours. The bottom line is all that matters to retailers. People with nothing better to do than shop are the force behind the crazy hours that stores are open. Unfortunately, it looks like Thanksgiving is on its way to being a non-holiday because of this seemingly increasing sorry segment of our society.

Mayor Ed Zabrocki and village officials in Tinley Park have taken no action on the issue of term limits after an overwhelming majority of residents supported this measure. In other words, it’s typical business as usual by our so-called leaders. In the meantime they expect us to get excited about a smorgasbord restaurant next to a smoke shop and car wash. It’s just more smoke and mirrors in our town. It’s very disappointing.

Michael from Tinley Park

Some officials support taxation as a mechanism to reduce tobacco use. Did you quit smoking because of high taxes? I bet not. There are dozens of reasons to quit smoking, and cigarette taxes being too high is only one. Did President Obama quit smoking because cigarette taxes were too high? Texting while driving is killing people. Let’s put a 100 percent tax on smartphones to discourage texting use. Why are they taxing cigarettes so much?

I would like to thank Peggy and her daughter Jessica from Oak Forest for taking me and my groceries home on Nov. 16th from Aldi. I was locked out of my van with it running. They took me home and back to Aldi with keys to my van. They were my angels. There are still good people in this world. I’m thankful.

Irene G. from Oak Forest

Television has a great influence on people. I just don’t know why we don’t use that influence to make our society better. Why aren’t there commercials that state if you’re a gangbanger or if you rob and steal, then you’re a dirtbag? It will obviously influence the children growing up. Maybe they will not want to be a dirtbag.

Pete from Oak Lawn

I don’t see nothing wrong with what the French said about Chicago. All they are doing is warning the people what areas to stay away from. We know and everybody knows that those are the bad areas. It’s even getting bad downtown. There is no reason for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to get upset. It’s just the truth. If you can live with the truth, then great. If you can’t live with the truth, then too bad.

We read about Gov. Pat Quinn and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence talking about the proposed Illiana Expressway. I was in Indiana the weekend of Nov. 18. Part of the time I spent driving in light rain not even in any big storms. With all the millions we’re spending on new roads, I think the two governors should chip in for a can of paint and start re-marking the lanes on the existing highways and tollways in both states for safety’s sake. I bet a lot of drivers, professionals and casual travelers, would agree with me.

Lou

Someone commented that people are extremely jealous of people with money. I think that is not true. The words “rich” and “wealthy” describe a group or class of people in the United States. You are the one giving these words a negative connotation. The point many of us are trying to make is that our system is rigged against the middle class. I think it is a fact that money has been controlling our government, and laws can’t favor the rich at the expense of the middle class. I think we need a level playing field.

Everybody has said things they wished they can take back. If President Obama were to say, “I take it back,” he would have to repeat it 250 times.



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