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Emanuel’s slap in the face to citizens

Chicago Police investigate fatal shooting an 18 year-old  4900 block South Hamllast Thursday.  I  Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

Chicago Police investigate the fatal shooting of an 18 year-old in the 4900 block of South Hamlin last Thursday. I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

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Updated: August 14, 2012 6:25AM



Rather than encouraging Chicago’s many law-abiding undocumented residents to report crimes to the police, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “sanctuary city” initiative for illegal immigrants will simply attract additional competition for the numerous, undocumented Hispanic criminals already sheltered here.

This is a business interest-initiated, federal law-flouting policy.

Emanuel’s despicable and redundant ordinance, which columnist Mark Brown says makes Chicago the “anti-Arizona,” is nothing more than a politically driven slap in the face to every citizen and legal resident of our city.

Kathy Martin,

Near North Side

Call out the National Guard

I’m so sick of hearing and reading about the kids being shot and killed in Chicago. What needs to be done is to call out the National Guard. They can and will get the job done and more. Too many heads of this great city and state just can’t get off their egos and pride to ask for help.

Victor Rowans, Lombard

Children need parents’ love

Carol Marin’s commentary on the spike in Chicago murders included interviews with an Austin mother and the ward alderman, who clearly recognized a major part of the problem. Referring to her childhood in the neighborhood, the woman said, “Yes, we were poor, too,” but “We had love.” While the alderman observed, “This is much deeper than just about crime.”

A child needs love and guidance from both parents, and anger and animosity can begin if a child feels his father doesn’t care enough about him to be there for him, inspiring self-confidence and teaching him how to deal with adverse situations. A gang can be a psychological substitute for that absence of paternal love and guidance, with pent-up anger leading to a lack of concern over who gets in the way of a “hit” on a rival gang.

Jeffrey L. Stern, Highland Park

Come back, Rep. Jackson

If Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is suffering a mood disorder, then why am I the one who is sad? Is it because Rep. Jackson, as a member of the House Foreign Operations Subcommittee and the Appropriations Committee, has been a strong supporter of health and anti-poverty programs, including basic education and efforts to control AIDS and TB?

Or is it because his constituents, me included, have placed their trust in him?

By winning the primary election, he effectively won the only real competitive race. He should honor that. My fear is that his record as a congressman could become overwhelmed by what he has done as a politician. That would be the saddest thing of all.

Come back, Rep. Jackson! People in Chicago and around the world need you!

Oscar Lanzi, Hyde Park

Jackson’s constituents deserve answers

Everyone is entitled to sick leave, which is why U.S. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s constituents stood beside him for over a month.

He is, however, an elected official representing his constituents. Don’t they deserve some explanation about his absence?

When will he be able to vote on issues and serve those who’ve elected him?

He should be responsible and step up and speak up about why he needs medical help. Don’t the people who elected him deserve a reason as to why he’s gone for weeks?

Ljubinka Valesh, Riverside

Shaun Gayle’s lawsuit raises many questions

Shaun Gayle’s recent lawsuit against the NFL for potential chronic brain damage brings to light questions about athletics and the integrity of sports in general.

What about the other sports? What about the constant punches to the head in WBA boxing or UFC matches?

What about the hits and checks in NHL hockey? Or a baseball rocketing off a bat in MLB?

Are sports fans responsible for applauding when the boxer hits the canvas after the final knockout punch?

Are the referee’s responsible for the tactics the players use?

Are the players themselves responsible for inflicting punishment on each other?

What will happen to sports as we know it if these lawsuits continue?

Sean Herling, Mount Prospect

Audit 25 years of legislative scholarships

As citizens of Illinois, we owe our thanks to Gov. Pat Quinn for promptly signing the bill abolishing Illinois’ scandalous legislative scholarship program. But, this termination should be just the first of two steps. The second step should be an audit of all of the scholarships awarded during the past 25 years. And, the legislators who awarded scholarships that may be adjudged to be improper, and perhaps even illegal, should be required to pay the universities for the value of these scholarships. We must stop rewarding bad behavior.

Lee J. Regner, Park Ridge



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