Speak Out for Nov. 25, 2013
November 22, 2013 6:14PM
Some police departments conduct gun buyback events to get guns off the streets. | File photo
Updated: December 26, 2013 6:18AM
Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars.
Here is just one more “thank you” to the Greatest Generation for giving us all the best they could. America is great because of you, members of that generation. Every day we lose more and more of you, but many of us will never lose our admiration and appreciation for what you contributed to our lives. May God bless you and because of you, may God bless America.
Alsip Joe said he wants more prisons rather than big-box and warehouse stores. Maybe we do need more prisons, but who will be paying for those, Joe? I do believe it is you and me — you know, the taxpayers. The stores are paid for by the businesses, and who owns them and the people who decide to shop there? Be careful what you wish for.
Garbage in and garbage out. That is the perfect saying pertaining to the White House. I have no trust in President Obama, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer or any of the other incompetent politicians. I hold nothing but disgust for the present administration. The arrogance and lies coming out are beyond belief. What we have in Illinois is no better. God bless the United States and protect us from the politicians.
Bill from Burbank
I can respect someone who picked themselves up and made themselves rich. I’ll respect them more if they’re generous to charities and pay their fair share of taxes. I can’t respect someone just because they have money. Most of the rich are shallow and greedy. The Kardashians, the Hiltons, many sports and music “stars,” any of those awful “real wives.” We hear about $300,000 for a kid’s birthday, $50,000 dresses and a $70,000 car for a 16-year-old. You’re not raising your kids to appreciate the value of a dollar. Many of the rich have brought our dislike on themselves.
About working holidays: I would not want a cashier at a discount store to check my blood pressure, put out a fire at my home or check out a burglar alarm. These jobs are handled by professionals. They take their jobs seriously and perform a public service. What’s more important to some of you is Uncle Wally gets a pair of pajamas or you get another 46-inch flat-screen television. You are the typical American shopper. I think you do not care about anyone but yourself.
The girls swim team of Oak Lawn Community High School won the South Suburban Conference Red Championship. Having recently attended their awards ceremony, I was told that they were expected to be fifth in the tournament and they placed first by 20 points. That’s quite an accomplishment. Two seniors received the most valuable player awards this year, and two seniors received the Sportsmanship Award. They are both great swimmers and human beings. Every high school win is important in any sport.
Prudence Y. from Hometown
What have the Republicans offered up as a solution to our health care issues? What do they want to do about the millions that are uninsured? What do they want to do about those of us that get denied due to pre-existing conditions? What about people who lose everything because of an illness? The answer is that they have done absolutely nothing. I think they need to put a plan on the table or shut up and improve the law we have.
I’m starting to see comments about “taking back Christmas” or “put the Christ back in Christmas.” People get offended when you say “happy holidays” instead of “merry Christmas.” Why can’t people understand there are multiple celebrations going on at this time and respect that? How (and why) are you bothered by what other people believe or not believe? I think most Christmas traditions were “taken” from pre-Christian, Roman festivities. Let’s stop all this nonsense. You can’t “take back” something that was never yours in the first place. Enjoy and celebrate what you choose and let others do the same.
My heart goes out to the people of central Illinois who suffered so much loss with the tornadoes hitting their towns. I am thankful that in our town of Beecher the biggest loss was trees and not damage to homes or people. My prayers are with all the people of the towns of Washington, Diamond, Coal City and surrounding areas.
Annette from Beecher
It’s agreeable to close stores on Sunday. Schools should have those wellness centers closed as well. I thought schools were closed on weekends. Schedules are adjusted so workers get straight pay and extra electric is used.
I’m appalled at seeing so many people still using their cellular phones while driving. I also noticed this is not a young adult problem. I have seen middle-aged people to seniors on their cell phones while driving. I would think an adult would choose to be a role model for our young adults. It is a law.
Linda from Monee