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SPEAK OUT COMMENT: 'I’m fed up with these Chicago aldermen their bright ideas. Someone wants ban Styrofoam. Is this all

SPEAK OUT COMMENT: "I’m fed up with these Chicago aldermen and their bright ideas. Someone wants to ban Styrofoam. Is this all they have to think about at night? We need to get rid of the ones who have been there too long." | Getty Images file photo

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Updated: February 21, 2014 6:13AM



It took the music of Frank Rossi and Tim Skorupa to chase the winter blues away. The recent arctic blast did a number on many of us. This duo was just what the doctor ordered. The Tinley Park Public Library Sunday concert series brought an appreciative audience to enjoy the accordion and keyboard stylings of Rossi. To complement Rossi was the soothing vocals of Skorupa who is also an accomplished percussionist. Kudos to president Bette Evans and the Friends of the Library for their continued excellence in programming that contributes to a capacity audience at every concert.

Pinky, Adele and Bernadine from Palos Heights

It seems like every time you pick up a newspaper you can read about some criminal lowlife with a city or state job, making a six-figure salary. Aren’t there any decent people who have lived their lives the right way who need a six-figure city or state job? This is why we need to vote these politicians out. They are nothing more than an abusive spouse who keeps beating us and expects us to just take it.

Pete from Oak Lawn

Why is it that we can pour millions of dollars into countries in the war-torn Middle East yet we cannot help people in the tornado-ravaged Illinois towns like Washington, Ill.? Certain areas were denied help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Where is the outrage?

Blue Island

If polls are so inaccurate and useless then why have organizations such as Gallup been in business so long? And why do so many companies pay so much money to have polls taken and analyzed?

Wes from Orland Park

Illinois has some elections coming up for various offices. I think these politicians who are knocking these new candidates need to take a look in a mirror because a lot of them are no better. Illinois already has governors all the way down to aldermen who are going to jail for all sorts of scandals and corruption, so I wouldn’t walk around like I’m better than anyone else if I were these guys. Don’t go knocking somebody because I think you are just as bad.

It seems like the Chicago Blackhawks’ intensity meter has been turned down ever since they announced the Winter Olympics hockey teams’ rosters. It looks like nobody wants to get hurt so they can play in the Olympics, but don’t worry, Blackhawks fans. After the Olympics I think the Blackhawks will be back where they were.

MJ from Worth says that the laws are not being enforced and they are not worth the paper they are printed on. The definition of law is controlled force arranged as an obstacle to injustice. Laws do not compel performance, and that is where enforcement comes in. Only contracts compel performance, and that is why I think you and I are not people but corporations by definition.

Cook County Judge Jeffrey L. Warnick doesn’t have the safety concept of children correct. As a retired school social worker who was a mandated reporter, I agree that the judge misinterpreted Illinois law. All employees in school settings are required to report suspected abuse, bullying, hazing, etc. Mandated reporters are not judge and jury. These Maine West High School students weren’t safe. What lessons have they learned as a result of this horrible experience? What did the perpetrators learn? Will they do this again? What has the school staff and administration learned? Not what I think should have been learned.

Prudence Y. from Hometown

I’d like to know who Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the aldermen think they are telling grown adults what they can do and what they can’t do. We are not children. We will do what we please. They’d like to tell us what to eat and drink and ban us from smoking. Go tell that stuff to somebody else. People are getting fed up.

I’ve tried many times to quit smoking. I have now been smoke-free for one month after being a smoker for the past 30 years. My technique is to stop smoking at the habit times like when you get up, after a meal or right before bed. You have a habit of smoking at these times. Begin by smoking at odd times and then go cold turkey. If my advice helps just one person to quit smoking, then I’ll be happy.

I wish I had a dollar for every pothole out there.

I always wanted to be a millionaire.

Joan from Chicago Ridge



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