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AmazCEO Jeff Bezos hopes deliver packages customers 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles but says it could take

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos hopes to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles but says it could take years to advance the technology and get Federal Aviation Administration approval. | Photo courtesy of Amazon

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Updated: January 5, 2014 6:26AM



Some people are hyped about Amazon’s aerial drone that could deliver goods to customers in a half-hour or less. The soonest this can be used commercially is 2015. A lot can change before then.

Whenever I hear a song that tells the story of our first veterans, a pride comes over me. I know the story that it sings about, and I feel for those who gave up so much for our freedom. I listen to it at noon and sing out loud along with it. Pride and a confidence comes over me, which makes my day. I am talking about the national anthem. Do you know the story and the sacrifice of those it sings about? Have you passed the meaning of this song on to your children?

Ken

“Peace on Earth, good will toward men.” This is the spirit of Christmas, not Black Friday. Shootings, fighting, destruction. How disturbing that a holiday meant to promote peace has become one of greed because of stores and manufacturers. I can only hope that someday people will refuse to be sheep, think for themselves and celebrate Christmas, not money, which is what this holiday has become for many.

I think those that object to free birth control pills and oppose abortion paradoxically scream the loudest against providing for the resulting unwanted children. The most prevalent birth control and campaigns to assign blame and demand responsibility are targeted to women, but they are who care for the children. A woman can only bear one child in nine months while one man can plant hundreds of children. The most cost-effective way to decrease unwanted children is free vasectomies. This could develop into a sign of courage, status and respect. Maybe we could even reward them with a medal for bravery.

Pope Francis’ recent mission statement was so refreshing and long past due. As a practicing Catholic, it has always bothered me deeply when some conservative politicians who claim to be Catholic, such as U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, believe in this trickle-down economics theory that says give tax breaks to those at the top and the money will trickle down. I think this theory does not work. I listen to some Republicans put down the poor and safety nets. How can you claim to be a Catholic and not support policies that help the less fortunate?

Did you hear about the new youth fitness center? As a parent, I’ve always been concerned about video games, but there’s a new and refreshing gym coming and I know the kids will love it. I think it’s great that a gym dedicated to youth is coming to Olympia Fields. You should support the new Adrenaline Youth Fitness gym on Dec. 4th from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sergeant Means Park in Olympia Fields. If you love gaming, you’ll love this full-service gym for youth. Gaming is more than sitting down; it’s getting involved. Isn’t that what we all want?

It’s a misnomer to say it’s the Affordable Care Act when my premiums will go up $70 per month.

Oak Lawn

Regarding the commenter who said rich people are snobs to the 20-year-old who’s making money on his money: To the 20-year-old: God bless you. To the other person: I disagree. Not all rich people are snobs. I started investing in the mutual market. As of your comment I found out my net worth is over $1 million. I still hold open doors for ladies and older folks. I just wish I had started investing at a younger age.

The word “recall.” I hope people will remember this before they vote for their candidate. Anytime a politician is asked a question they don’t want to answer or would rather forget, they do this. Instead of giving a truthful answer, they don’t want to for whatever reason and use the word “recall,” as in “I don’t recall ...,” etc., or “as I recall ...,” etc. They’re lying. Liars shouldn’t be trusted. Think twice before voting.

Bert from Oak Forest

Regarding Will County striking workers: Once again I got one of those robocalls from the striking Will County workers. This time, it was crying about how they are being demanded to pay more for their health care that I think is totally paid for by taxpayers, i.e., their neighbors. Hey, there is an easy solution to this issue. Go on Obamacare. I think that is why it was created in the first place.

I saw a TV program about Christmas in Europe. It visited major cities and small. The one thing that stood out was people there were more concerned about family, Old World tradition and church. Now, who is more backwards?

Chicago never surprises me. They towed a bunch of cars parked on a snow route but there was no snow. It’s based on a December to April date. I’ll bet Mayor Rahm Emanuel woke up thinking, “I wonder how many cars got towed,” with a big smile on his face. Merry Christmas. Why don’t they ask the newspaper outlets and TV news stations to give a friendly reminder about this yearly violation that will get your car towed? Heck, the news folks tell you about seasonal time changes every year nonstop. Yep, it’s all about being creative and making money.

Ralph from Monee

Both political parties are still blaming the other for the government shutdown. Maybe the government should have been shut down a little longer. That way more Americans would realize they do not need that government to live day to day. Think about it. What did you really miss during the government shutdown? Some say we should learn to live with less. I certainly learned that we can get along without all of these government programs chewing up so much taxpayer funding.



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