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Speak Out for Dec. 3, 2013

Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman during second half an NFL football game against MinnesotVikings Sunday Dec. 1 2013 Minneapolis.

Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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Updated: January 4, 2014 6:18AM



Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman must have got confused and thought he was still coaching in Canada, going for a field goal on second down.

King from Midway

Congrats to the Harold L. Richards High School Bulldogs football program. Win or lose, it’s quite an accomplishment to reach the Illinois High School Association championship playoffs for Class 6A again. Thanks for the memories.

MJ from Worth

About Black Thursday-Friday: It was so nice to see. Americans, you didn’t let me down. Watching the Nov. 29 news reports, I saw American shoppers at their best from robberies in Romeoville to possible customer fights in North Carolina. I cannot wait till next year.

To the one that believes Wall Street to be unfair: It isn’t a private scheme to make the rich richer. I’m 20 years old with a return on my portfolio of 28 percent. I certainly didn’t get this far without putting time into researching my purchases. If regular people would put work into researching their investments they, too, can make money on the stock market.

Kevin from Tinley Park

I think people should get to spend time with family on Thanksgiving. True, it’s their business and not ours. I forgot that the commenter who complained about us saying that, is one of those “it’s all about me” people during the holidays. I think people are selfish at this time of the year.

Can someone explain all the complaints about taxes on cigarettes? Smoking shortens life spans, and the last years of some smokers’ lives usually aren’t pretty: oxygen machines for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, appointments with the oncologist and chemotherapy or radiation sessions, high doses of drugs that still don’t kill all the pain when dying from cancer, etc. A doctor once said everyone who smokes will quit eventually, but that for many it will be too late to make a difference. Approximately 80 percent of the U.S. population doesn’t smoke. Those who don’t smoke don’t care how high these taxes are.

Chicago

Karen from Crestwood seems upset and misguided, saying, “Fire stations, police stations and hospitals are nonprofits. Retail stores are for-profit. It’s all about the almighty buck.” Well, where does the money come from to pay the people at these “nonprofits”? It’s at the for-profits. You sell stuff and you collect taxes. You employ people there and you collect taxes. I am guessing that you, Karen, must not need the “almighty buck.”

Crestwood

No one likes to go backwards. People in industry made wage and benefit concessions for 30 years or more and still watched their jobs disappear. So what makes teachers and public employees think they can continue to go forward? Nowhere in industry is there a cost-of-living increase tied to pensions. If you want one, tie it to the same increase we on Social Security get. It galls me that some of your unions took our tax dollars and made campaign contributions. Amusingly, these contributions went to the same politicians that put you in this position. Welcome to the real world.

J.K. from South Holland

I’m in my 70s and watch lots of television including a lot of commercials. The commercials that bother or disgust me are toy commercials. Everything pertaining to children, starting with the very young, are electronic toys. They’re expensive and, in my estimation, have no value except exercising children’s fingers. What ever happened to Tinkertoys, Lincoln Logs, etc.? For little girls I see no dollhouse, let alone dolls or buggies. The only plus I see are toy companies — no, I should say electronic companies — making a lot of money. Merry Christmas from the Grinch.

Palos

I was hurt at work due to equipment failure. I’ve had surgery. I have lost some arm function and will have pain for the rest of my life. Due to Illinois’ workers’ compensation laws, I will in no way be recompensed for the damage done. Illinois has placed money limits on body parts. If this had happened to me in a car accident, I could get hundreds of thousands of dollars. I know these laws were passed long ago but, as usual, thanks to Illinois politicians for messing with hardworking citizens.

Gone are the days when you could eat anything without a conscience. Now, when you have cheese on your hamburger, you go into cholesterol mode and say that’s it for this week. If you drink a few cans of soda, then you tell yourself that’s enough because it might trigger diabetes. So I hope that on Thanksgiving you just pigged out and told yourself that’s it for the year.

BJ from Hazel Crest

The police should get insured vehicles’ license plates numbers from the insurance companies and put them into their databases. As they are driving around and their police computers are automatically scanning license plates, they would find uninsured cars. They could then issue the driver a citation and impound the vehicle, making money for the police department and eventually lowering the cost of uninsured driver coverage since drivers would be fearful of driving without insurance now that they could be easily caught. They scan plates for stolen cars and other criminal violations. Why not lack of insurance? It’s a crime, too.

Orland Park

I wish you all a merry Christmas. Check out this “Say Merry Christmas” video featuring vocalist Carrie Rinderer and the American Christian Life United Choir: http://youtu.be/ln01p1M2cH0. It is a very catchy tune.

MaryAnn from Palos Heights



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