You Said It, Oct. 11, 2009

We are not fast food junkies and have only been in Chick-fil-A once or twice, but the article in Friday’s paper was one of the best. How many “chain stores” pass out freebies at every event in town? How many “chain stores” emphasize the higher ground by closing on Sunday, and how many “chain stores” are not fearful of sharing their beliefs in the way they run their business? Apparently Chick-fil-A has been able to balance the needs of the customers and still remain faithful to their beliefs. I might add that Hobby Lobby, another “chain store” also follows these principles, and neither store seems to be suffering from a loss of customers.

If a former mining industry official says that the last uranium boom was harmless, why did the federal government spend almost $2 billion removing tailings in our area and we see constant ads for $150,000 damage payments and fully paid-for nursing care for hundreds of past workers?

When the grocery clerks go on strike, there is a long line of out-of-work people ready to work a long time. I hope the clerks have saved their money. It will be a long winter for the people walking the picket line. Unemployed roughnecks are not intimidated easily.

Surprisingly, I think even policemen should be considered innocent until proven guilty.

Even though Chicago lost the Olympic bid, I feel that Chicago should be responsible for the costs related to Obama’s trip to Copenhagen. The rest of us would not have benefited from the Olympics in Chicago, so why should we foot the bill for his trip?

To the young male driver in a silver sports car who zipped from left lane to the right and used a turn signal just as you slammed on your brakes in front of a truck to fly into Dairy Queen on North Avenue: In case you’re too stupid to realize, an F250 does not stop on a dime like a car. Too bad your girlfriend’s life is not valued as much as that ice cream cone.

As for the minimum wage, it might be considered compassionate that workers in this country have a living wage one way or another versus some CEOs getting absolutely grotesque profits and bonuses.

Please people, get off your cell phones while you are driving. Last week, I was cut off in traffic three times by people on talking on cell phones. They were not paying attention to where they wanted to go, and when they discovered they were in the wrong lane they just pulled right in front of me without any signals.

OK Democrats, if a person cannot afford health insurance, how is he going to afford the stiff fine for not having the insurance?

I don’t understand. He is behind the motorcycle in the right lane, then passes in the left lane, turns right and wipes out the motorcycle and rider, and all he got was a change lane violation ticket? That was reckless driving at the very least.

I am really sick of the TV commercials advertising tax relief for those who owe thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions in back taxes to the IRS. Who is doing anything for those of us who pay our fair share of taxes in total and on time?

Retirees are not going to get a raise this next year? Tell me how to live: Medicare, secondary insurance, property taxes, vehicle license plates, all going up. So now my standard of living will hit rock bottom. I want to thank all the politicians. Then they wonder why tax revenue is going down. We don’t have any money to spend.


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