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SPEAK OUT COMMENT: 'With all cyber thieves targeting Target other stores maybe it’s time go back paying by cash or

SPEAK OUT COMMENT: "With all of the cyber thieves targeting Target and other stores, maybe it’s time to go back to paying by cash or writing a check." -- Pete from Chicago (AP Photo/Phil Coale, File)

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Updated: February 20, 2014 6:38AM



About a Pat Tillman film: A wonderful documentary was made in 2010 about Pat Tillman called “The Tillman Story.” You can rent it from Netflix. It’s very well done and worth seeing. Many documentaries are must-see topics.

Evergreen Park

As long as politicians have “the welfare of the children in mind” as an excuse, then I think they can always tax an adult through the roof. Children can be stupid and get their hands on whatever they need. I think trying to ban these electronic cigarettes is just the latest useless endeavor. Children got a hold of cough medicine, vanilla, all sorts of fumes and yes, even alcohol and cigarettes. It’s not the end of the world. All these politicians are doing is making it miserable for adults, who are the real taxpayers and voters. Worry about bigger things.

I understand the NFL Players Association has sued the NFL over concussions. If $765 million is not enough money, then why don’t these players who have suffered these concussions sue the players who gave them the concussions? And why isn’t the player who caused the concussion suspended for the rest of the season? You would get a rough player out of the league and he would lose some money due to his bad play.

John from Bridgeport

I watched a program on television the other night. The speaker said there should be no food stamps, no minimum wage and no unemployment benefits. This, he said, would make the economy better and business would invest more. I guess this means business would like everyone to make $2 an hour. I did not know it was still the 1970s.

When are these aldermen going to grow a backbone and stop letting themselves be bullied by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel? What are these aldermen afraid of? They are supposed to stand up for the rights of the citizens and taxpayers of Chicago, but I think all they do is bow down to the king.

To Jack from Alsip: Does anybody ever wonder why when our elected officials run out of money to spend, they want to stop Social Security checks and military pay but there is no mention of stopping welfare checks or their own?

Al from Crestwood

Recently I saw a rainbow so I got into the car and followed it to the end, hoping to see a leprechaun and the pot of gold. But when I got there I saw an oil refinery instead.

Jim from Mokena

The Chicago Bears are going to keep Mel Tucker, the defensive coordinator who led the Bears to the worst-rated defense in the NFL. Historically, one of the Bears’ sources of pride is the defense, but I guess the times they are a changin’. I guess the Bears will just have to win 31-30 every game.

This is in memory of U.S. Navy retired and deceased Rev. Edwin Bohula, pastor emeritus of St. James at Sag Bridge in Lemont. In the military we called them “holy Joes” or “padre” in an honorable way. It was my privilege to know this man after he was out of the Navy. A lot of people in my family were in the Navy or are in the Navy. Rest in peace, Father.

President Obama received 16 percent and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received 15 percent in that most admired American poll by Gallup. It’s not a big deal. It seems 27 percent of Americans like chocolate ice cream and 23 percent like vanilla according to a Harris Poll. I think ice cream is the more important poll.

Why can’t our state of Illinois or county do a simple background check on somebody before they hire these people for $100,000 per year or more? I guess our politicians don’t care.

I’d like to thank the Oak Forest Public Works Department for helping keep our streets clear during the recent snowstorms.

So much is made about buying products made in the United States. How about food? The next time you go shopping, look at your food labels. “Imported by,” “distributed by” and “packaged by” doesn’t tell where this food is coming from. People need to wonder why they don’t want us to know where this food is from. I think so much food is coming from China. While our government will tell you they have inspectors, I think they also have a very poor record. I think they don’t care about the people and don’t have pollution controls like we have.

I think Chicago needs an independent audit to find out where our tax money is going because I find it impossible to believe that schools are in such dire financial problems considering half my tax bill goes to schools, not to mention the supposed Illinois Lottery money. There is no doubt to me that this money is not being spent wisely or is outright wasted.



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