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Speak Out for Nov. 28, 2013

Katie Couric is midst second seasher TV talk show 'Katie.'  |  Phocourtesy Disney/ABC/Rick Rowell

Katie Couric is in the midst of the second season of her TV talk show "Katie." | Photo courtesy of Disney/ABC/Rick Rowell

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Updated: December 30, 2013 11:50AM



I’ve had trouble sleeping for the past year or so. I found a great remedy. I just watch Katie Couric’s TV show “Katie.” It has helped me sleep just fine.

Congratulations to St. Xavier University women’s basketball coach and athletics director Bob Hallberg. He was honored at a special ceremony by having the Shannon Center gym floor embedded with “Bob Hallberg Court” as the bulk of his 47-year coaching career was all at St. Xavier University and in Chicago, the city where he was born and raised.

Joe from Joliet

Since when are retail stores in the business of saving lives? A Speak Out commenter tried to compare retail stores being open to police and fire departments and hospitals being open during Thanksgiving. I don’t think I’ve ever saved a life for $8.50 per hour.

The Orland Park Public Library porn-viewing situation was not surprising to some of us who have been telling libraries to install filters on the computers. Filters on public computers have always been fought by some because they say a filter might — highlight “might” — block useful information. So now you have a policy that could allow someone to view porn on a public library computer because some other person might want to look up breast cancer or erectile dysfunction. This porn-viewing situation could happen at any library without a filter system.

The Republicans have been blamed for shutting down the government, trying to stop Obamacare. They tried for three years to stop this joke that was rammed down the throats of American citizens. The Democratic Congress’ vote was bought by lies that were in a bill that apparently no one read. It is falling apart on its own. What the Republicans said is now coming true. Then-U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that we would have to pass the Obamacare bill to find out what was in it. The old saying goes, “Read ’em and weep.” You asked for this.

Rusty from Markham

Can the Chicago Bulls please get rid of Derrick Rose now? He’s played 50 games in three seasons. He is not worth the money they pay him. Get gone, Derrick. This city and this team don’t need you.

Chicago

I was watching a news program that aired their annual horror story about grocery stores. I work for a major grocery store. We have people whose job it is to go through the products and check the dates constantly. Our store tries very hard to make sure expired product is not on the shelves. Mistakes may be made, but there are people constantly checking the products on the shelves and fresh foods.

Now that the Illinois Legislature and Gov. Pat Quinn have passed the same-sex marriage bill they could get back to not passing a pension reform bill.

Jim from Palos Hills

An ombudsman is a government official appointed to receive and investigate complaints made by individuals against abuses or capricious acts of public officials.

A 16-year-old shot at several people some time ago. His mother said he was bipolar. Being bipolar is becoming an excuse for some people’s irrational behavior. The disease is treatable as long as you take your medicine. Therefore, stop making excuses.

BJ from Hazel Crest

I don’t think we should be angry at Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose for missing another season due to injury. He can’t help getting a freak injury. We should be angry at the Bulls organization for not putting together a strong team that can continue at a high level even without Rose.

I can’t understand how the Democrats can pass the Affordable Care Act with no support from the Republicans and many Americans, and then constantly berate those same people who now want to overturn or change the broken bill. They forced this lemon on us while continuously saying that it would be OK. Well, it’s not OK and now it’s our turn to tell you, our representative public servants, all about it.

I know a few very-well-off people. My brother is one of them. It wasn’t given to him. He earned every penny he ever made. I will support him in anything he does. A lot of people don’t like rich people. These people have the same opportunities that everyone else has.

Joe from Merrionette Park

I think the people are getting a little tired of these politicians, the mayor and the aldermen telling us how we can live. Who do they think they are? When they start paying our bills then maybe they can tell us what to do. They are not our parents. These guys are telling people who are in their 40s or 50s or older how to live and what to do. I think the politicians ought to learn how to live because some of them are hypocrites.

If you walk in on a long three-person conversation and you overhear the last few words that one person said, then what you overheard is now out of context. What type of Christian are you if you spread what you heard as gossip to others who gossip?

Happy holidays from your local gasoline station, which raised gas prices 30 cents within hours.

Matt from Park Forest



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