Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT Southtown Star logo 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for Oct. 21, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Isn’t it ironic that the sports commentators, e.g., 670 The Score, can critique what is wrong with the Bears game plan and determine what needs to be corrected, but the coaching staff responsible for the performance cannot. Terry in Mount Greenwood In addition to all of the good things happening as a result of the ACA, let’s not overlook that all of the major health insurance companies have posted on average a 32 percent profit for the past year. So much for the federal takeover of the health care industry. Oak Forest Mr. Quinn, can you tell the people what … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:16:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for Oct. 20, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

I just want to remind everyone that John Boehner promised, but has yet to come up with, a replacement for Obamacare. Why? He doesn’t have a better plan, that is why. Remember that the next time the House takes a vacation. Suppose you have an extra $10K to invest and you only have two people who could invest it for you. Pat Quinn or Bruce Rauner, which of the two would you trust with your money? Burbank Why is it called hysteria to just protect the citizens of the United States by any means necessary or available to us from … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for Oct. 19, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Each new mobile device comes out and it’s thinner and thinner. My phone from four years ago wasn’t too thick. It would be nice if the new phone was the same thickness as my old phone but had a three-day battery life. Rick from Evergreen Park As far as skipping the direct route to the U.S. from Africa and going through another country (to sneak in), visas are checked where you have traveled in the past 30 days. If your travels originated in Africa, then the visa to the U.S.A will be denied. Jim from Orland Park Is the Ebola … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:13:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for Oct. 17, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

How is it everyone complains of the president overstepping his boundaries and stomping on the Constitution anytime he does something? And now the same people want him to stop all flights to the U.S. from Africa? Do they also know there’s other ways of getting to the U.S. than directly from Africa? In the U.S., 500,000 die each year from smoking, 600,000 die from heart disease, 170,000 die from cancer, 30,000 die from gun violence, 82 die each year from lightning strikes. All the right-wing corporate broadcast media, cable “news” especially, can talk about is Ebola. The U.S. wastes $1 … ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:13:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for Oct. 16, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

I see that the CEO of Facebook will donate $25 million for the Ebola crisis. How much is going to fat-cat executives, and how much for research and health care? I agree that the U.S. has to stop all incoming flights from these countries battling Ebola until the disease is under control. We are just making the problem worse and allowing it to spread all over the world. News agencies only give you a small fraction on the effects and seriousness of the Ebola virus. People really need to research this online. What I fear most is that this virus … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:17:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for Oct. 15, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

How can “one-horse towns” like St. Louis, Detroit, New Orleans and Atlanta have nice indoor stadiums and we have the “Mistake on the Lake?” Ineptitude, it seems, is a market our civic powers have cornered. Regarding the comment on the data breach at Jimmy John’s and Dairy Queen: Many people use a debit/credit card instead of carrying cash. Rick from Evergreen Park, are you familiar with this sentiment? MJ from Worth To Rick of Evergreen Park: Debit cards get swiped as well. Some people prefer to have a card rather then cash on them. Not all plastic cards used by … ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:17:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for Oct. 14, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Regarding the data breach at Jimmy John’s and Dairy Queen: If you used a credit card, odds are you can’t afford that $7 sandwich or that $5 shake and shouldn’t have gone there in the first place. Rick from Evergreen Park California has had a drought for the past four years. This is having an effect on the produce prices in the whole country. So why are we in Illinois destroying some of the best farmland in the country with an airport and a new tollway? Do we even know if any of the airlines will use an airport in … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:14:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for Oct. 13, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

To all those politicians who say the speed cameras are a good thing because they need to watch us to see if we’re breaking the law: Well, how about if we put cameras in your offices so the general public can watch you to see if you are breaking the law? Mike P. from Chicago On Oct. 13 we celebrate the life of the first modern Democrat, Christopher Columbus. When he left Spain, he didn’t know where he was going. When he got here, he didn’t know where he was at. When he returned to Spain, he didn’t know where … ]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:12:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for Oct. 12, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Metra is raising its fares, and many people are upset. The Orange Line is a great alternative for getting downtown. There’s no three-hour span between trains because there’s an Orange Line train scheduled every 10 to 15 minutes. I’m a senior who isn’t afraid to ride the el. Evergreen Park I am happy to see justice was served in the case of the two men murdered by Joshua Miner. Almost every day he’s on the front page with that smirk. He has no remorse for what he did. For some the death penalty is quite fitting. We have to pay … ]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:23:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for Oct. 10, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Rev. Jesse Jackson: It is very unfortunate what happened to Thomas Eric Duncan. American health facilities have not been fully trained on Ebola. We are trying to have peace with all races. If what you speak is true, then how sad, but please make sure you have proof. Deepest sympathies to Mr. Duncan’s family and friends. Trying to create peace and harmony in the world today is what you should be doing. Chicago An article said that the U.S. will begin screening for Ebola at O’Hare Airport. Why not screen these people at their leaving airport first? Because those countries … ]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 02:16:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for Oct. 9, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

I am really getting tired of these attack ads on TV with regard to the race for governor of Illinois. If Rauner wants to give some group money on the South Side, so what? It’s his money. But Quinn appears to be running all over the metropolitan Chicago area handing state money for this program or that program, and nobody is questioning him like they did Rauner. I’ll be glad when this election is over. Oak Lawn The Democrats have left a trail of destruction wherever they have gone. Our cities controlled by Democrats lack investment. Schools fail to educate. … ]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 02:22:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for Oct. 8, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

The mayor of Chicago spends $2 million on something that sounds like a pagan festival — fire fest. Guess he blew the money, it didn’t catch “fire.” Although I understand state Rep. Al Riley’s views about the Illiana Tollway, I don’t agree. There are just too many numbers being thrown around. I would like to challenge Rep. Riley and anyone from the MPO to clearly lay out in this newspaper a real breakdown of the numbers. How many jobs will be created? Which ones will be temporary and which ones long term? What will the salaries and benefits be for … ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 02:15:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for Oct. 7, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

I keep hearing that I shouldn’t vote for Rauner because he’s rich and can’t relate to the average person, yet I just read that Pat Quinn and President Obama held a fundraiser dinner with a cost of $50,000 a plate. So when I go to Chili’s and order the Chicken Crispers for $8.75, who can relate to me more, the rich guy or the two guys charging $50,000? Mike from Bridgeview Phil Kadner, shame on you for your column, “It looks like a prank but joke’s on us.” You might have to make Jesse White do something besides give his … ]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 02:12:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for Oct. 6, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Now that all the politicians agreed to sell marijuana everywhere, I wonder what is next. Legalized prostitution? Legalize many other things that are against the law right now as long as they get some money? Hank from Blue Island With all the talk about affordable health care, how about affordable dental care? As we age and get older, those of us who are retired, and no longer have dental insurance with our employers, are going broke paying for replacing crowns, root canals, gum surgery, cavities and general cleanings. There are no effective plans for individuals. Please someone come up with … ]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 02:12:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for Oct. 5, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Is there any fact to the rumor that Quinn and Rauner are working together? Quinn is driving jobs out of Illinois, and Rauner is taking those jobs and sending them out of the country. Ken My comment is about that very large presidential airliner landing at the Gary airport. And the greedy politicians want to make everyone’s life miserable in the Peotone, Monee and Beecher area with this threat of a third airport. Why? We do not need a useless, extremely expensive airport. I’m sure they could have found a much better use for the money they’ve already wasted. It’s … ]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 02:17:48 -0500