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Speak Out for Dec. 8, 2013

Former South AfricPresident NelsMandeldied Dec. 5 age 95.  |  Getty Images file photo

Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela died on Dec. 5 at the age of 95. | Getty Images file photo

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Updated: January 9, 2014 6:39AM



The world lost a great man when former South Africa President Nelson Mandela died. President George H.W. Bush said some nice things, but Mandela was on the U.S. terrorist list until 2008.

Politicians like former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson and former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers are going to jail for corruption, but let’s get down to it. They are going to jail for cheating on their taxes, and I think the silly thing about it is these people are partly responsible for raising taxes on others. The sad part about it is if they ran for office again, they would probably get re-elected because I think some of these Democrats blindly follow the party line instead of looking at these corrupt actions.

As a Catholic and religious person I have to speak out on this. Radio host Rush Limbaugh calling Pope Francis a Marxist is reprehensible. Limbaugh’s words were disturbing and should be condemned by the Catholic Church. Contrary to what Mr. Limbaugh says, the Catholic Church is not built on money, but on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ. People are always ready to cast the first stone at someone. Mr. Limbaugh, judge your sins, faults and failings before someone else’s.

Robert F. from South Chicago Heights

Some people are blaming the past and present Illinois governors, both Republicans and Democrats, for the pension crisis. I wouldn’t blame any of the governors. I would lay the blame right in the lap of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and his 30 years in that position.

It looks like you don’t have free speech in Oak Lawn anymore. Lori Gromal, a dispatcher who spoke out against Oak Lawn’s plan to privatize the emergency call center, was placed on paid administrative leave. I think the situation is ridiculous. I think this system will not save the taxpayers money and that we’ve been lied to and manipulated again by this Sandra Bury administration.

A lesbian couple whose half, Vernita Gray, has cancer and is not expected to live very much longer was issued an early marriage licence so her partner, Patricia Ewert, could have legal rights. I wonder how many men would have done the same for their girlfriend.

BJ from Hazel Crest

I’m speaking out against the extension of 141st Street for the new Mariano’s supermarket.

Jeannie from Orland Park

When Chicago Bulls announcer Stacey King talks about Bulls star Derrick Rose, King says, “Too big, too strong, too fast, too good.” King also used to say, “Gimme the hot sauce,” when former Bull Kyle Corver hit a three-pointer. Now King should say, “Too slow, too weak, pass the crutches and no more hot sauce,” when it comes to Rose.

Bill from Tinley Park

President Obama put forth such an effort for years and many interviews and speeches to convince us this Affordable Care Act is great. Now it’s falling apart. Some of the things he said are proving false. He spent so much time convincing us. So why are we letting him off with an apology and that’s it? If you buy a lousy product that doesn’t work, you take it back and get a refund. You don’t continue to use the terrible product and hope it eventually works. I think we should repeal the Affordable Care Act and pass a good bill.

There was a lot of coverage about actor Paul Walker, the young man who died in a car crash. Typically when people die, whether it’s a famous person or a regular person, all the tributes are given about what a wonderful person they were and how much they were loved and what an impact they had on the world. I often wonder if these people are ever told this while they were living. Wouldn’t it be nice if we remembered to tell people how much we care about them and love them while they’re still here?

Lynn from Blue Island

Behind every good man is a very good woman.

Matteson

The Affordable Care Act was constitutionally passed, signed by President Obama into law and upheld by the Supreme Court. What could be more constitutional? I wonder why you sore losers can’t get over it. The Affordable Care Act is the law.

Unfortunately what someone thinks does not trump medical science when it comes to the causes of diabetes. People who eat a lot of sugar tend to be overweight. Being overweight is one of the many risk factors in developing diabetes. If eating so much sugar weren’t one of the causes, why has the rate of diabetes skyrocketed? Why is type 2 diabetes now found more often in children? Candy bars alone are not the culprit. Sugar, in its many forms, is included in high concentrations in most processed and fast foods. Type 1 diabetes used to be called juvenile diabetes.

Chicago

Maybe Ralph from Monee nodded off during the 10 p.m. news when they made the announcement concerning the overnight parking bans and the winter parking bans that will result in your car being towed. We heard on the news at 5 and 10 p.m. the night before the ban took place. There are also reminders throughout the season especially on days when it snows.

BBC from Evergreen Park

When the stock market does great, the millionaires get richer. I think you need lots of money to make lots of money and our system and laws are rigged against the middle class.

When the Chicago Bears give quarterback Jay Cutler a big contract do you think he can play past, hmmmm, Halloween?



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