Pregnant woman Tasered by cop got what she deserved
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR June 17, 2012 3:58PM
Tiffany Rent talks about a lawsuit she filed Thursday after a Chicago Police officer used a Taser on her. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times
Updated: July 19, 2012 6:11AM
No one is to blame for Tiffany Rent being Tasered by the Chicago Police, as reported in the June 15 paper except Tiffany Rent. Ripping up a ticket and throwing it at a police officer’s face is cause for arrest!
Ms. Rent chose to disrespect the law. She knew she was pregnant. She knew her kids were in the car. Ms. Rent placed herself and her children at risk. Shame on her! The entire incident is a result of her own disrespectful and unlawful actions. I hope the city fights Ms. Rent on this and stands up for the officer who was doing his job.
Kim Corso, Lincoln Park
Citizens need guns vs. thugs
First of all, these 20 young men, as you refer to them, are really 20 young thugs, beating up on people on the L and streets. And a fail-safe way to stop these cowardly acts is to get Gov. Pat Quinn to pass the carry and conceal law. If I’m attacked by 20 thugs, I know my life is in imminent danger and I wouldn’t hesitate to use deadly force to protect it. If citizens were allowed to carry a gun, maybe then the thugs would think before they attacked.
Roger J. O’Brien, retired Chicago Police officer, Edgebrook
retired Chicago Police officer,
Put down the phone and have a nice chat
In the days before television and cellphones, we had a quaint and pleasant activity called conversation. In nice weather, you would find people on front porches, backyards and park benches discussing everything and anything.
We are missing something valuable today.
Ken Greenberg, Skokie
We were in Ireland 10 years ago, and at that time when you went shopping and wanted a plastic bag, you had to pay $3 so that people would not litter.
It should be that way here.
Arlene Sivak, Oak Lawn
Retrofit Chicago plan will cut energy use, create jobs
In 2009, commercial buildings in the United States were found to be responsible for 18.9 percent of the total U.S. energy consumption and 19 percent percent of our nation’s carbon-dioxide emissions. The commercial sector spent more than $176 billion on energy in 2009. These numbers demonstrate the tremendous opportunity in commercial buildings to reduce energy and emissions while also saving property owners and managers substantial expenses. Considering this, we believe Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recently announced Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings Initiative is right on target and, really, is just the starting point for saving money and energy from our buildings.
We would like to applaud the owners of the 14 Chicago buildings — including landmarks such as the Wrigley and Santa Fe buildings — who committed to reduce their energy use by 20 percent over the next five years. We encourage others to follow their example.
Energy-efficiency initiatives like Retrofit Chicago promote being green in more ways than one. They not only benefit our environment by reducing energy use, but also benefit the local economy by saving on utility bills while creating jobs and generating economic activity to support the greening of buildings.
Chicago has the best building stock of any city in the world. By keeping our historic structures efficient and competitive, we can ensure their longevity while solidifying Chicago’s reputation as the nation’s leading “green” city.
Jay Wrobel, executive director,
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Parents must work together to fight for kids’ education
As a mother of four young kids, it has been heartbreaking to see another violent start to summer in our Chicago neighborhoods. Our kids need safe communities, and that begins with good schools.
My kids have big hopes and dreams. But they will never be able to achieve them if they do not get a good education. And sadly, the odds are stacked against them. Our schools have been failing our kids for far too long. That has to change, and it needs to change now. I can’t put my kids’ hopes and dreams on hold any longer.
As parents, we have a responsibility to our children to fight for their right to a good education. But we can’t do it alone. Parents need to work together and make our voices heard. Then, we need to take action. What we need are solutions, and I challenge all parents to start talking with each other — at school, at church, in line at the store — about what we can do together to put more great schools in every community, for my kids and yours.
This comes down to our children’s future, and their future will be determined by the action we take today. Our children, and our communities, can’t wait for quality schools to come to them, we need to make it happen.
Join me and other parents who are fighting for great schools by going to http://www.newschoolsnow.org/voice.
Your voice counts, but only if you make it heard.
Kally McGill, Chatham