Policing the police on pot
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR June 20, 2012 6:44PM
Updated: July 23, 2012 7:22AM
What if police consistently give minority scofflaws $500 tickets and white offenders $100 ones? Given crack penalties vs. powder cocaine there is cause for concern. Who will police the police?
Allen Jackson, Chatham
How about cremation?
I find it hard to understand why at this time Cook County is conducting burials. The scandals at the medical examiner and the cemetery are more than enough to show that the county is not treating people with dignity. The cost savings alone should point to cremations as a reasonable answer to the problem of dignified final resting place for these individuals.
Joseph Hedrick, Morton Grove
In your June 19 editorial you state that your worry is that legalized concealed carry will result in more irresponsible gun play in public places. That hasn’t happened — the facts prove that legalization of concealed carrying has reduced violent crime. And don’t argue those are just correlations, because that’s the same argument the smoking lobby argued for years. You improperly add that “statistics in other states have yet to bear out [your] concerns,” as if the stats will bear them out at some time in the future. Your argument against legalized concealed carry makes no sense — the lawbreakers clearly have no problem carrying guns now — why are you scared of law-abiding citizens doing so? The facts actually prove that police have more “bad” shoots than concealed carry holders. Your concerns are baseless, and I wish you’d read John Lott’s “More Guns, Less Crime” and see what the facts are. And let’s not forget we have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
After reading the Tuesday headline on the Koschman case, and again after reading Carol Marin’s Wednesday’s column, I felt my blood boiling once again. This has to be one of the most frustrating stories to read about. Especially because it seems so blatantly obvious what’s going on here. The biggest question is, who is it playing God and why, why is this being allowed in this “grand” city of Chicago. No one can be that untouchable . . . can they?
Cheryl Chartier, Grayslake
Graffiti, one of our city’s problems, by any name or for any reason, involves a transgression of boundaries. All civilized people know and abide by the following profound wisdom: If one does not pay meticulous attention to one’s boundaries (whether personal, professional, occupational), all relationships will be ruined. Armed with that knowledge, under what circumstances is it okay to deface another’s property?
Leon J. Hoffman, Lake View