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Why not blame Emanuel and Brizard?

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Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker speaks at his victory party Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Waukesha, Wis. Walker defeated Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in a special recall election. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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Updated: July 8, 2012 6:41PM

Why not blame Emanuel and Brizard?

I read and re-read your editorial many times (“CTU risks setting teachers’ hopes too high”), but I just couldn’t find the part where you take Rahm Emanuel and Jean-Claude Brizard to task for submitting a proposed budget with more and longer school days without any means to pay for it. CPS and City Hall cry poor all the time, but they always seem to find money for their own pet projects whenever they want. No wonder the teachers are riled.

These are not overpaid and underworked politicians. They’re dedicated professionals who work far more hours than most people believe. They don’t deserve the treatment they receive from sanctimonious politicians who want to treat education as if it were a factory making widgets. If the only way to get Emanuel and Brizard to step back, take a deep breath, and actually plan and fund a longer school day is the threat of a strike, then that’s exactly what will happen.

Bernie Cicirello, Portage Park

Bloomberg right on sodas

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to ban supersized sugary sodas has resurrected the age-old debate over the role of the state in protecting the public health. I would argue that society has a right to regulate activities that impose a heavy burden on the public treasury. National medical costs of dealing with our obesity epidemic, associated with the consumption of meat, dairy and sugars, are estimated at $190 billion. Eliminating subsidies for these products, as well as judicious taxation to reduce their use, should be supported by health advocates and fiscal conservatives alike.

Benjamin Franklin claimed that nothing is certain except death and taxes. Ironically, death can be deferred substantially by taxing products that make us sick.

Claude Prescott, West Town

Sun-Times bias

Your June 6 front page proves beyond any doubt how biased the Sun-Times paper is by putting Obama’s picture on the front page when the big story was about Gov. Scott Walker, and his picture should have been there instead.

Donald Nauyokas, Brighton Park

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