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Pan pizza not Chicago: I’d like to know who decided that pan pizza was the official Chicago pizza. It’s not. Thin crust, sausage and cheese with a tavern square cut is the official pizza. It’s been since day one. All these hipsters who eat this pan pizza and claim it’s number one are the same ones that eat the California style chicken and pineapple on a pizza. Please save us, Lord.
Cameras in classrooms: I believe that every classroom, teachers should be on camera. There should be cameras in every classroom in the schools to protect our children from wrong teaching.
No justification: It seems to me that if any group should be honored on Independence Day, it is our veterans. But I am told that it is a dreaded holiday for those living with PTSD. Again this year, fireworks began several days before July 4 and continued for several days after. I understand that many people enjoy fireworks, and for them colorful, professional displays still take place in some communities and on televised holiday events. How do offenders justify their actions? Do they think it amusing to disturb the rest of the ill, the exhausted and our dogs?
Playing politics: Last week Mayor Lightfoot welcomed President Biden’s help in hopes to curb violence in Chicago. When President Trump offered help a few years ago she gave him the middle finger. It’s called playing politics with people’s lives.
Money to waste: With roughly $1.5 million being offered as incentives to get vaccinated tells me that I am paying too much in taxes.
History is factual: For those of you who believe in cancel culture, please read this. History is not there for you to like or dislike. It is there for you to learn from it. And if it offends you, that’s even better, because then you’ll be less likely to repeat it. It’s not yours to erase or destroy.
Foolish to be defiant: Have you resisted getting the COVID-19 inoculation? Pay attention: inoculated people have less risk. More than 95% of the current upswing in virus cases have among people who have not been inoculated. If you are doing this just to be defiant or letting yourself be mislead as to its value, think how foolish that is for an excuse?
Riddle me this: Our exiled ex-president has knowingly distorted the truth to further his own ends and to undermine whatever trust is left between the American people and their government. Worse yet, after the events of Jan. 6, it’s become frighteningly obvious that total anarchy is now within his grasp. At this pivotal juncture in our nation’s history one can’t escape the million dollar question: what, if anything, will stop him?
Good life experience: Thank goodness for teenagers. They’re willing to bus tables and work as lifeguards. Back in the ’70s, when I was a teenager, we all had summer jobs. The jobs even extended into the school year. Don’t you think some of the labor shortage is due to teenagers not wanting to work? They don’t need to when parents are purchasing their cars and paying their cellphone bills and car insurance. I learned a lot when working as a teenager. Most teens these days are missing that life learning experience.
July 4 war zone: Thank goodness the Fourth of July is over. In my neck of the woods, it was like living in a war zone. The fireworks started early in the morning and ended at 12:15 a.m. They did not miss a beat. The big event was saved until after dark, when they shot several big rounds that sent out a big boom that set off alarms in cars. I was told one person who went to Indiana to purchase fireworks spent $185! This left a bitter taste in my mouth. I hope they did not use the stimulus money to pay for this.
Country deserves respect: Because of the First Amendment, Gwen Berry can be as disrespectful as she chooses to be about the American flag, as sad as that is. But when she is representing the United States of America at the Olympics, she needs to be respectful to the country she is representing. Otherwise I’m sure there are many countries out there she can go represent but I guarantee you they will never, ever allow disrespect of their country’s flag.
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