Speak Out for Dec. 2, 2013
November 29, 2013 2:14PM
After finishing as runner-up on NBC-TV (Channel 5)'s variety show “America's Got Talent," singer Jackie Evancho gained new fans. | Photo courtesy of Keith Munyan
Updated: January 3, 2014 6:10AM
Kudos to Jackie Evancho who sang our national anthem the way it was written at the Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers. Book her for the Super Bowl.
John from Oak Forest
Republicans were against Medicare. I think they did not want it to happen. It took years to get Medicare working. It is now one of the most popular programs in the United Staes. Here we are again. I think the Republicans are against health care reform. There have been special interest groups that have been opposed to the Affordable Care Act from day one, and they have been working to destroy it. Yes, the website has problems, but this is an important first step in health care reform. Give it some time. We may end up liking it.
In the private sector where most people worked, pensions and benefits have been declining for years. Many pensions are going broke and turning the pension duties over to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. We only get pennies on the dollar and no other benefits. This is the real world. Nobody wishes this on anyone. Illinois is broke. I think mismanagement, theft, double dipping, etc., contributed to the shortages. There isn’t enough money to pay what you were promised. The only solution is to reduce the amounts paid. No one will like this but if you don’t agree, you’ll get nothing.
About why regular people can’t make any better than 0.01 percent on savings: I think anyone who keeps any major amount of money in a bank has a fool for an accountant. I use a bank for a checking account and keep less than $10,000 in a savings account for emergencies. I think the only way to make any real money is the stock market. I average over 10 percent returns on my investments. This has been a great year for investors. Find a good investor or do some research. You can make decent money compared to a financial institution.
I’m 64 years old and only remember the national anthem being played when TV stations signed off for the night. I have no idea why they did it unless it was to wake up people who fell asleep in front of the television. I think it cheapens our anthem to play it for meaningless reasons. I’ve never understood why people find it proper to play it before every professional sporting event. Are we glorifying athletes and big business? I think our national anthem should be reserved for state occasions and events that celebrate our nation and unity as a people.
I don’t know how a Speak Out commenter can compare fire, police and hospital jobs that are so important and necessary to retail jobs that are not. You can shop early morning to evening for seven day per week. We all can stay away from the store for the few holidays per year and let our families be together.
Judy from Matteson
These taxes are getting ridiculous. Now they are starting to overtax these electronic cigarettes. They made these things so they wouldn’t harm others, which was the whole argument against cigarettes. This is getting obnoxious with officials telling you how to live. I hope people remember all of this meddling in our lives. It’s time to back the truck up and get rid of these people. All they are doing is taxing us to death. Why don’t they clean up their own house and then they can tell others how to live?
I think the Democrats are now scurrying around like drowning rats due to the upcoming elections, trying to distance themselves from all of the problems they helped create.
I’m so glad to hear about people celebrating the Christmas spirit. Fighting, knocking over store displays, shoplifting, etc. How sad that so many people have totally lost the real reason and spirit of Christmas. Maybe if people actually celebrated the real Christmas instead of the spend money and buy, buy, buy that we now have, then the ridiculous behavior would end.
I am appalled that the Orland Park Public Library allows people to possibly watch porn on the library’s computers. The library is for children and teens to encourage good reading and education skills. I will not bring my grandchildren there until they clean up their act. There are low morals in the United States as it is. Is this where our tax money goes?
Thank you to all the Southlanders who work hard to bring us free or low-cost activities where we can spend time with our family and friends. I’m grateful for all that there is in my own neighborhood.
I’m under the impression that Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler should take the same train out of town.
Rick from Evergreen Park
To Dave from Crestwood: What a nice thought about community service instead of a fine for the red-light violations. The only problem is they are out for the dough. Like my grandmother used to say, “This world is going to hell in a handbag.” Money, money, money!
Linda from Monee
When it comes to the holidays, it can be an extremely tough time for many people. There are constant reminders of past holidays with loved ones who are no longer with us. There may be painful memories of fights that caused deep emotional wounds. For others, it’s the stress of trying to get everything done. What we need to remember at this time of year is that kind words and actions go a long way. Take the time to pay it forward, give of your time or money if you’re able to and relish in the spirit of the season.