Speak Out for Jan. 17, 2014
January 16, 2014 3:08PM
SPEAK OUT COMMENT: "“Lone Survivor,” see the movie or read the book. It’s a true story about guys that really do risk their lives daily." — J.K. (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Gregory R. Peters, File)
Updated: February 18, 2014 6:26AM
Regarding a great job: I just want to give a “thank you” to the Burbank Public Works Department and Mayor Harry Klein for a job well done in keeping the streets cleared after the recent snowstorm. They always have done a great job in keeping the streets cleared. I realize municipalities have to cut back on some services because of the economy, but it seems that Burbank is able to make certain our streets are plowed and salted.
About the person with foggy windows: If they can’t get their car fixed, then they probably don’t have a pot or a window and substandard bare-bones insurance that will end up costing you money if they hit you.
Linda from Orland Park
Regarding laws: I think when laws are not enforced, they are not worth the paper they are printed on.
MJ from Worth
To Chicago, regarding red-light speed cameras: Are you serious? This is a moneymaking business only. Red-light cameras increase accidents. The National Motorists Association has contended that red-light cameras have been detrimental to motorist safety for years. In Schaumburg, Ill., people threatened to boycott Woodfield Mall and elsewhere in town because of cameras. The cameras were removed. Arlington Heights, Ill., refused them also. Orland Park has stated they haven’t seen any evidence the cameras actually reduce accidents. Naperville pulled all their red-light cameras in 2012. Geneva, Ill., pulled the cameras. It is not bad drivers, like you accuse people of being.
Laura from Monee
Not only does the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street” contain 506 f-bombs, but it contains the glorification of drugs, orgies and self-gratification. I think there should be a ban on these types of movies. We wonder why our kids have gone astray? I think it’ because the parents don’t screen what their kids are viewing and they’re paying to see these movies themselves. I think this world is becoming like a garbage dump, and we need Jesus Christ.
Sadly the more I read Speak Out, the more I realize how selfish we have become as a society toward people less fortunate than ourselves. We are now governed by millionaire politicians who only worry about re-election and are reluctant to be doing anything for the poor, be it things like food or health programs. Rather than fix the abuses to the programs they just cut them for everyone. The reality is they are now determining who may live or die in the United States. Their platform should be “only the rich should survive.”
Jay from Mokena
Some are upset about Tinley Park deciding to allow video gambling, claiming that it will decimate the community. The people of Tinley Park have more to worry about than the return of a few gambling machines that never bothered anyone, such as decaying neighborhoods resulting in declining property values and the rising and seemingly unsolved crime rate. Those who haven’t noticed either have their heads in the sand, are completely apathetic or think it does not affect their neighborhood. If it hasn’t already, it eventually will.
Wear reflective clothing. I agree with the commenter about the lady in dark clothes. Recently I only saw two shadows walking in the street as I came over the 87th Street bridge. It was two men wearing all black clothing late at night. Please wear reflective or bright clothing so drivers can see you. Use the sidewalk if possible.
The Archdiocese of Chicago years ago closed my elementary school. Recently, the Archdiocese announced the closing of the school my children attended and graduated from. It saddens me that one of the foundations of our way of life, parochial education, is disappearing. I can say with certainty that my experiences at the elementary school level were the finest aspects of my education, up to and including graduate school. Our society is being weakened by the demise of these schools. The dedicated nuns of my childhood have been replaced by Safe Passage routes, metal detectors and predicable teacher union strikes. Sad!
About kindness: Thank you so much to the man that stopped on Ridge Road in Homewood to help my husband move a heavy piece of garbage. It was on the downside of a snow pile and hard to see. Thanks to your effort, that garbage is now gone. Your kindness is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Regarding responsibility: I remember a time in the United States when politicians were held accountable for their actions. I strongly urge the young people of this country to put down the iPod and the smartphone and the video games and start paying attention to and getting more involved with what’s going on around you. Your future does not look good.
I know I dream, but here’s a government money solution. I have a solution to the money problems all forms of government are having. Every politician takes an immediate pay cut to half their salary, their pensions take a big cut, retired politicians take a cut in their pension too, all their medical insurance is now paid by them, and if a person is getting a pension and still working on the taxpayer dime, that pension is forfeited. Our taxes should be reduced if they do this.