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11-20-03 StellFoster columist. Phoby Jim Frost Sun-Times.

11-20-03 Stella Foster, columist. Photo by Jim Frost Sun-Times.

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Updated: July 26, 2012 6:08AM

M Y JUNE 21 COLUMN asking President Barack Obama to speak out against the violence in Chicago brought many emails, some of which I am sharing with my dear readers.

Stella, I applaud you for that column asking our president to speak up. It was timely and necessary because we are the only ethnic group in America that kills each other at the alarming rate that we do. Ninety-four percent of the murders are committed by other blacks. So I would ask for a word from the White House to show his concern for the mothers that I see on a weekly basis coming to bury their sons and daughters.

Spencer Leak Sr.,
Leak & Sons Funeral Home

Stella, I thought your column was right on. It is an absolute shame what is happening in our neighborhoods. It would do a world of good for the president to address this issue on his side of town. It would lift spirits and aspirations. For us to become a world class city, we will have to address this youth violence.

H. Hartman

Hello Stella, Just a brief note to thank you for stepping up to the plate regarding our dear city. There is no way any president, black or white, would fly in for a wedding and golf and not make a statement on Chicago’s “bloody weekends.”

O. J. Webb

Stella, Thank you for raising the question that haunts so many of our minds. Why can’t the president help with this epidemic of violence that is killing our future here in Chicago and across the nation? Thank you for your courage!

M. Pfleger

Stella, Your letter to the president was great and shows the depth of your love for Chicago and its people. You are now one of my heroes!

E. Johnson

Stella, I have to disagree with you on this article. There is nothing the president can do for these kids running wild in Chicago. Nothing. If that were the case, once elected, all violence would have stopped. Black people are not some monolithic race, one person does not speak for all.

L. Hamilton

Stella, Three cheers to you for saying what every mom is crying out for: HELP from our hometown president. Get the National Guard, install more blue light cameras. Amazing how NATO can get such security.

M. Martel

Stella, the thugs won’t even pull their pants up. I don’t think they CARE who’s Pres!


Stella, Why would those committing the crimes listen to one man who I doubt they even bothered to vote for?

J. Mitchell

BIRTHDAYS: Jamie Foster Brown and Mark Suppelsa and daughter, Ava.

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