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Speak Out for Nov. 29, 2013

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The evolution of junk mail has resulted in increasingly sophisticated pieces such as ones that mimic government tax notices. | File photo

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Updated: December 30, 2013 11:54AM



About junk mail: I should put “return to sender” on all of these political surveys I get. I get a lot of them daily, and it’s politicians asking for money.

Taking in an open house at St. Laurence High School in Burbank, I was very impressed to see the leadership focus by all the administrators, faculty and student body. Over the door it reads, “Lead as a leader.” Maybe many of our politicians should visit this high school to see exactly the values and morals demonstrated there.

You cannot compare a cashier from a chain store with police, firefighters and hospital workers who are emergency responders and have to be on call 24 hours per day. Shopping is not an emergency.

Al from Chicago

Regarding Christmas: If I hear the words “Black Friday” or “doorbusters” anymore on the radio or television, I think I just might regurgitate.

MAN from Bridgeview

I have a question for all the single women. Are contraceptives that expensive that you would base your vote for a politician on that issue?

Billy T

When is the Chicago Bulls organization going to wake up and unload point guard Derrick Rose for a player who can play the entire season at probably one-third of the salary?

I think we can all agree that Illinois is in a dire fiscal situation. What the news media and other people fail to realize is prior to Gov. Pat Quinn and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, there were seven terms and 26 years of Republican governors like Jim Thompson, Jim Edgar and George Ryan. Poor decisions were made by all these governors back then that have lead this state to be in the situation it’s in now. Do not lay the blame at Gov. Quinn’s feet. He has inherited this problem from decades of mismanagement.

Mark from Hickory Hills

There was a time that for the sake of our children and the sake of future generations, items and things that were considered adult were kept locked up or covered or aired in the middle of the night so our children could not see things that they could not handle because of their young minds. We need to protect our children from porn, overt violence, sexism and many other things. I think we need to go back to a time when our children were protected because they are not being protected now.

You say you want better than .01 percent interest. All that will do is up the ante that you, the taxpayer, will have to dish out in taxes to bail them out a third time. The banks have been fined for their stealing, but my mortgage is still underwater with no bailout insight. I’m just glad we have a government that looks out for the interest of the little guy.

Ken

I think the U.S. House of Representatives has not passed one bill to improve the economy since President Obama has been in office although they passed plenty of bills to damage the economy under President Bush. I think the only thing the House has done is vote to dissolve or defund Obamacare. I think if we don’t get rid of these clowns, then our country is going right down into the sewer.

Maybe it’s because I’m a senior citizen and I’m old, but when people say to me “happy holidays,” I often stop and wonder which holiday are they speaking of.

John from Bridgeport

Regarding the gasoline price con game: Let’s see. A week ago gasoline prices were down to $3.20 a gallon for regular unleaded. The next day they went up to $3.45 a gallon. No, oil prices did not spike higher. There were no threats of nuclear war or terrorist activities. Oh, it was 10 days before the peak driving holiday of Thanksgiving. Yep, I think those that control the gasoline prices are very thankful the American people are so stupid.

After a recent trip to St. Louis to see our beloved Chicago Bears play, the pain was made easier due to the fact that the football game was indoors. And give me the synthetic surface any day. Someone with the Bears organization goofed when they remodeled Soldier Field in Chicago.

JS from Oak Forest

What people need to learn from this Orland Park Public Library situation is the Internet is not only the benign tool bringing information to your fingertips but a possible cesspool of filth and a forum of slander and libel. But that’s what the First Amendment is all about. The freedom of speech does not only protect what you want to hear or read; it also protects the speech and literature that some may find offensive. Whether or not pornography is appropriate material to be viewed publicly is a moral issue, but I think Americans dismissed morality a long time ago.

I hope Thanksgiving isn’t only a time to get together with family and friends but that it is a reminder of all the people we have to thank for making our lives so good. Don’t forget to say “thank you” not only now but all year.



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