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Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg

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Updated: July 7, 2012 8:16AM

Teachers only reacting to offer

Let’s be clear the strike vote does not mean we teachers are going to strike. This vote legally authorizes teachers to strike if the appointed board of education with zero educational experience, the CEO of CPS and the mayor continue to bash, antagonize and disrespect public school teachers.

Zero progress continues to be made on the contract negotiations, not because the teachers and the Chicago Teachers Union have stopped negotiating, but because the board’s proposals are harmful for students, parents, teachers and overall our city. Schools are not a business and should not be run as such. The Board of Education should be made up of teachers, parents and community members, not multibillion- and millionaires with no respect for public education who choose to send their own kids to private schools.

David Stieber, Hyde Park

New York City’s nanny state

I’m glad that I don’t reside in New York City, where Mayor Bloomberg wants to prohibit the sale of sugary soft drinks larger than 16 ounces. What’s next? Is he going to outlaw New York’s fine restaurants from serving desserts?

As a smoker, I can understand smoking bans, because other people are affected by secondhand smoke, but this ban on large soft drinks is completely irrational. Being obese is bad for people, but come on, these are choices that adults should be able to make on their own.

David Gordon, Northbrook

NATO can be global force for good

Anti-NATO demonstrations were off the mark. In the past I worked with groups attempting to get a permanent United Nations peacekeeping force established that could be quickly dispatched. This would have been instead of the U.N.’s unsatisfactory ad hoc peacekeeping missions. Our effort failed.

NATO can be the next best thing. As a multilateral group it is far superior to the 800-pound-gorilla United States in dealing with the world’s trouble spots.

At the NATO meeting President Barack Obama unveiled plans for sharing weapons and training facilities. The constructive thing for us to do to make this a safer world would be to further NATO integration and make sure no one power runs the whole show. Maybe we could avoid another Iraq debacle.

Margaret H. Goldstein, Rogers Park

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