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Think ahead about next era of energy use

President-elect George W. Bush (center) with Vice President-elect Dick Cheney (right) Gen. ColPowell after Bush's introduced Powell as his secretary

President-elect George W. Bush (center) with Vice President-elect Dick Cheney (right) and Gen. Colin Powell after Bush's introduced Powell as his secretary of state nominee on Dec. 16, 2000, in Crawford, Texas. | AP file photo

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Updated: August 2, 2012 10:23AM

Reporter Fran Spielman does an excellent job reporting the full potential of Chicago’s inevitable energy-procurement referendum.

She counters quotes by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that depict the opportunity as a short-term financial play with those of David Kolata, executive director of the Citizens Utility Board.

Mr. Kolata accurately points out that there is a much larger opportunity for a supplier to bring Chicago into the next era of energy use without burdening the citizens with the price tag.

It will be tempting for Chicago politicians to simply take the money and run, but the better move will be to think strategically about the best interests of the people of Chicago in the long term.

Let’s play chess, not checkers.

Andrew Mitchell, Near North Side

Hire cops, not ex-gang members

The city is giving an organization full of ex-felons $1 million to help with the murder rate that continues to climb?

Mr. Mayor, how many police officers can you hire with that money?

Richard Barber, Chicago Lawn

Misplaced contempt

In all the grandstanding over the “Fast and Furious” fiasco, there is a mean-spirited vindictiveness on the part of the Republican leadership, who will go to great lengths pontificating ad nauseam in their patented hypocritical self-righteous way, grasping at any issue to denigrate the Obama administration.

Where was the contempt of Congress judge against Colin Powell, Dick Cheney and George W. Bush when they deliberately lied and manipulated an entire nation into two devastating wars that have taken the lives of thousands of brave American soldiers and uncounted thousands of civilians?

Edward David Juillard,

Morgan Park

Everyone needs Obamacare

What many refuse to see is: Rich or poor, we are all just an accident or illness away from financial ruin or worse . . . homelessness.

Thank God for Obamacare.

Ann M. Gutierrez,


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