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Speak Out for Dec. 5, 2013

President Barack Obamawards Oprah Winfrey Presidential Medal Freedom Wednesday Nov. 20 2013 during ceremony East Room White House WashingtD.C. (AP

President Barack Obama awards to Oprah Winfrey the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Updated: January 6, 2014 1:00PM



I don’t understand what the Presidential Medal of Freedom is for if media mogul Oprah Winfrey deserves to receive one of these.

I hope I’m not alone but I’m sick and tired of the lack of customer service in just about every store nowadays. I’m sick and tired of spending money at a store with some snotty cashier glaring at me like I’m bothering them by making them work. I don’t care if you’re 16 or 44 years old. Customer service is customer service. I expect to be treated cordially. If we all start calling to complain, then these companies will get tired of always sending $10 gift cards to make it up to disgruntled customers.

The person injured at work who complained about the cap on the amount that can be collected through workers’ compensation laws should talk to a lawyer specializing in work-related injuries. I thought one could sue their company — and take your chances you’d be awarded anything, plus give a lawyer a third of the amount awarded — or collect the amount workers’ comp pays. If this person talked to a lawyer and they won’t take the case to try to get more money, unfortunately this person’s injuries aren’t worth the dollar signs dancing in this person’s head.

Chicago

Someone commented about giving Gov. Pat Quinn a break because of the financial mess left by his predecessors. It’s true that many elected officials created the issues we face now, were negligent in their duties and even criminal. However, when do we hold our current elected officials responsible for fixing these problems? This is the responsibility they accepted when they asked for our confidence in electing them. Don’t feel bad for them or blame others if they can’t deliver on promises they made to be leaders. If they can’t handle a tough job, we should find someone who can.

Brian from Lockport

Deck the halls with public greenery. Here’s a message from Santa Claus’ parking lot patrol to the woman in a cream-colored sport utility vehicle who backed up to a large evergreen bush in the parking lot between Target and Lowe’s in Orland Park at 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 1: How clever of you to prune the bush and stow the boughs in the back of your vehicle. It’s too bad that Lowe’s wasn’t open. They have a lovely assortment of fresh greenery for sale, but filching public property must be much more festive.

Oak Forest

To all the striking Will County employees: I could care less that you guys are on strike. You are the typical government workers. You are overpaid and you get to retire early. You all put yourselves in this situation. Government workers think they are so important to society. They are nothing.

Dave from Beecher

Don’t you think if you can afford a modern smartphone and the not-very-reasonably-priced monthly bill for phone service that goes with it, then you can afford food? Even if you got a deal on a phone, the plan is not cheap and that’s a monthly bill. I’m not saying about $1,200 per year is going to have you eating like a fat pig, but it’s better than going hungry. I think priorities are screwed up when people claim they’re hungry but also have many modern luxuries.

Columnist Phil Kadner talked about the financial crisis facing Illinois and the income tax hike expiration. Everyone knows this isn’t going away. It will happen just like the increase. Lame-duck Democrats who will lose the election in 2014 will vote to extend it during the veto session, then miraculously get $100,000 jobs just like the last ones. It’s Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan at work again.

John from Palos Hills

People shouldn’t lump teachers with other public workers and their unions. I think teachers don’t get the same benefits as legislators or other unions when they retire.

I’m a non-smoker who has a message for the non-smoker from Chicago who doesn’t care about cigarette tax hikes. What about the tax hikes for modernizing public parks for use of what seems like mainly gangbangers? Where do you think those taxes go? To our distinguished (ha!) politicians?

Regarding shopping: If you don’t believe Americans are greedy and materialistic, view some of the footage of the shopping frenzy on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. How pathetic!

Palos Heights

An Illinois tax that was doubled was supposed to be temporary. Now they made it permanent. It’s just like the tollways. The tollways were supposed to be temporary and now they are permanent. How long are we going to allow these politicians to lie to us and take advantage of us with no consequences? There is no accountability if you’re a politician. I’m part of the silent majority speaking out.

Pete from Oak Lawn

I wonder if Dixmoor Mayor Dorothy Armstrong informed her residents about the closing of their fire department. Would it not reflect on their homeowners insurance? I’m sure insurance companies take a dim view on matters such as this.



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