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Mayor’s hiring plan good for minority representation

As chairman of the Aldermanic Black Caucus, member of the City Council Latino Caucus, and sponsors of a City Council resolution regarding preference for Chicago Public Schools graduates, we were shocked and disappointed to read Karen Lewis’ denunciation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to give …

Fighting Irish  nickname offensive

Rick Morrissey’s column on Mike Ditka’s idiocy was welcome, except when he writes: “If any Irish Americans are offended by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, then I’d suggest they speak up. I haven’t heard any complaints — perhaps because we of Irish heritage are not …

Rose inaccurate on Kelly criticism

What a cheap shot by [letter writer] Don Rose, accusing Ed Kelly of setting back race relations. Mr. Kelly did so many positive things for the African-American community that space would not allow me to list them all. Installing the DuSable Museum of African American …

Kelly’s role in revolt against Washington a shameful episode in pol’s career

Neil Steinberg’s lengthy interview with former Democratic ward boss Ed Kelly skips over what may be the most shameful episode in the once-powerful politician’s career. Following the 1983 Democratic primary election, when Harold Washington, an African-American, defeated both incumbent Jane Byrne and then-State’s Attorney Richard …

Reject plan to give unfair advantage to CPS grads in police, fire department hirings

The last thing any city department should do is implement policies that lower standards for employment. The randomized pass/fail hiring and CPS preference point for the Fire Department does just that. The city should hire the best qualified candidates regardless of where they grew up, …

Criticisms against CHA performance need to go further

We urge the Sun-Times to take a stronger stand on the persistent performance problems plaguing the Chicago Housing Authority. As the Sun-Times notes in its Aug. 4 editorial, “Housing for the poor going unbuilt,” the problems at CHA are nothing new. Federal re-regulation has resulted …

UIC provost not demoted, just took another post

A recent Sun Times article (“UIC administrator demoted after plagiarism flap,” Aug. 7, 2014) misinterpreted a change in administrative roles for a distinguished 30-year member of the faculty and administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Last week, the campus announced that Lon …

Consent searches could save lives

The Sun-Times editorial page has called for a ban on “consent searches” of vehicles by the police. Maybe the editorial writers should read their own paper. Especially on Mondays! That’s the day all the shootings from the previous Chicago weekend are reported. One can’t deny …

Illinois voters don’t know any better

Mark Brown has been covering Chicago and Illinois politics for a long time now and should know better. In his column on Wednesday, he stated, “Please tell me that people aren’t that gullible” in regards to falling for slick campaign ads. Illinois voters elected Blago …

Skilled carpenters ready to work on new housing

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) published a study in July claiming that “shortages of labor and subcontractors have become substantially more widespread.” This assertion came as a shock to the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters and its nearly 40,000 members who are ready …

Iraq is a problem of our creation

Critics ask why the United States should intervene in Iraq when we did not intervene to stop other genocides, as in Rwanda and Sudan. The difference is that the current genocide of Christians and other minorities in Iraq is a direct result of U.S. policy …

Take care of our water supply to avoid a Toledo-like nightmare

A big thanks to the Chicago  Sun-Times for highlighting the  vital importance of protecting  Lake Michigan (“Don’t let Lake Michigan become another Lake Erie,” Aug. 5). The recent algae bloom off the shores of Toledo was cause for public alarm — and with good reason. …

Burke: Toughen rail safety standards

Chicago is the rail hub of America. More than 500 freight trains carrying 37,500 rail cars roll through our neighborhoods each day. A series of high-profile deadly accidents involving rail tank cars have appeared in the most vivid terms on television screens and in newspapers …

Columnist has wrong idea on gangs

I disagree with Neil Steinberg’s July 28 column in every respect, including that today’s brand of basketball is a positive influence, but most especially that in many places joining a gang is obligatory, that kids have to if they want to stay safe, that gangs …

U. of I. should admit more local students

I strongly disagree with the University of Illinois policy of admitting such a large percentage of foreign (mostly Chinese) students this year. I’m an alumnus of the Champaign-Urbana campus, and I can only imagine that if this policy had been in place during my time, …