Speak Out for Jan. 29, 2014
January 28, 2014 2:16PM
SPEAK OUT COMMENT: "I think taxpayers are getting cheated again. Chicago spent all this money to make bike lanes. Now Divvy’s supplier has filed for bankruptcy. How much tax money was wasted with these bike lanes?"
Updated: March 3, 2014 2:27PM
A special thanks to Cara Smith, director of the Cook County Department of Corrections, for calling the online escort service Backpage.com “a conduit to criminality.” This so-called escort service is the forefront of child exploitation, human trafficking and prostitution. When are we as a society going to look at the problems of untreated sexual addictions, men with lots of dollars and little sympathy who visit these sites filled with young girls, most of which are runaways who have been abused or abandoned.
Regarding Grand Old Party candidates: Who was state Sen. Bill Brady trying to fool at Jan. 23’s debate, talking about the high unemployment, high taxes, etc., and Gov. Pat Quinn not doing anything about it? Well, Mr. Brady, you are a state senator. Why haven’t you done anything about it? You think if you become governor you will magically be able to do something that you should be doing now? If you believe him, then you may also believe that tomorrow will be 80 degrees in Chicago.
Years ago in driver’s education class a student asked the teacher, “Why do the police hide before stopping drivers?” The teacher’s answer was: “Police are sneaky because of sneaky people.” After 50 years, I think this is still true.
This has been a winter of extremes: subzero temperature readings, above-average snowfall and high winds. I wonder if we are going to have a summer of extremes: intense heat, frequent thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. I hope not.
To those naive folks who don’t see the repeated extension of unemployment benefits as part of the problem: Here are a couple of examples: A friend of my wife’s recently told her she was planning on going back to work this month, but if unemployment benefits are extended she’ll wait until April. And in 2013 a friend of mine who owns a manufacturing business said he tried to get several of his employees who had been laid off to come back to work but was told they’d prefer to wait until their unemployment benefits ran out.
Dale from Frankfort
I believe a hoax has been perpetrated against the American people with this Affordable Care Act. There were promises made of keeping your doctor, keeping your health care plan and savings. I think none of that is coming true. Thousands of people got cancellation notices on their health care policies. Others are seeing rising costs. Heads of corporations pay huge fines and go to jail for doing this sort of thing. Why can’t the government be held accountable for the hoax and lies that they have perpetrated?
I think expanding the Forest Preserve District of Cook County is a bad idea. I think the county cannot take care of the land they have now, and there are millions of dead trees in the forest preserves. Why don’t they hire people to recycle the dead trees into mulch and put it on the bridle paths and walking trails? Plenty of people need jobs.
The tough questions I want Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner to answer are “how” he’ll make his proposed changes. If he’s elected, how will he work with a Legislature that will remain in Democratic control with a veto-overriding majority? What magic trick from being a big businessman, where one’s will is company policy, will he use to get the Legislature to do everything he wants? I would think that a businessman cozy with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel would realize government isn’t run like a business. The purpose of a business is to make money. That’s not the purpose of government.
I think we should place signs in Oak Lawn that say, “Chicago politics stop here.” A lot of people, including myself, moved to Oak Lawn to get away from Chicago politics. If it ever comes to be that Chicago-style politics come to Oak Lawn, then I’ll have to look for another town that doesn’t play the political game with Chicago and all of their corruption.
Pete from Oak Lawn
A Speak Out commenter referred to the worst president. I think we all know President “Peanuts” Carter is, so far, the worst president we’ve ever had. We all know that President Obama is well on his way to being the worst. Only time will tell. All he has done is finger point and cry that the Republicans are messing him up.
I just wanted to say, “Thank you,” to the Chicago Ridge Public Works Department for keeping our streets clear and salted this winter. It was a tough winter and it’s not finished.
Gene from Chicago Ridge
In response to the comment about the lack of mass shootings in the South: One of the reasons is that the people in the “gun-loving South” were raised with guns. They understand that they are lethal. Many own them. Once again, an armed society is a polite society, not to mention that they are God-fearing people who know the commandment about “thou shalt not kill.”
It’s real cold outside. However, within a month or two, the daffodils will be pushing out of the ground. Chicago White Sox spring training will be in full session. Designated hitter Adam Dunn’s contract with the White Sox
will be just that much closer to mercifully ending. Hope springs eternal!