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We can’t pick which laws we uphold

Arsenio Hall  | Isaac Brekken~Getty Images

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Updated: July 25, 2012 6:41AM

In Abdon M. Pallasch’s article on the Pride Parade [June 22], Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) states, “I think there’s a cultural shift.”

Whether that is true or not, I don’t know, but what bothers me is our leaders are enforcing only law they pick and choose.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez both agree not to uphold our state Constitution’s ban on gay marriage.

If their jobs are to uphold our laws and they refuse, I think it’s time to move on to other jobs where they can have a choice as to what they want and not want to do.

Donald J. Lazo,

Gage Park

Things to ponder about how Chicago works

One of my favorite segments on the old “Arsenio Hall Show” was the “Things that Make You Go Hmmm . . .” On his new late-night TV show, I hope he brings the segment back and does a Chicago pondering.

The perfect one would be: “How does the City of Chicago know the dollar amount of the perks Chicago fireman make and the amount of money being given to retiring CPS administrators and teachers, yet, they can’t go through 40 hours of police emails in the David Koschman murder investigation and let people know how much taxpayers are still paying former Mayor Richard Daley’s bodyguards?”

Ah, yes, things that make you go hmmmm.

Walter Brzeski, Montclare

Missing old-fashioned civility

In stopping deportations, the president was using the power Congress had given to Republican and Democratic presidents. Republican presidents used it to keep them out. Obama used it to invite Latino children in. Shrill screeching was heard from Rep. Joe Walsh: “I don’t want to call [Obama] a ‘tyrant’ because he really isn’t smart enough to know what that means.”

When we Republicans do it, we’re right? When you do it, you are a tyrant, but dumb? I miss the old-fashioned civility to the office of the president.

Florence Shay, Deerfield

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