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Updated: October 19, 2012 6:11AM

Let’s assume I’m a straw buyer of guns. Assuming there are no limits, I can buy a dozen guns and distribute them to my friends on the condition that they will let me know if they use one [“Stop ‘straw buyers’ of guns,” editorial, Sept. 13.]. Under the proposed law, I then immediately report all 12 guns as stolen. This covers me under the new 72-hour notification period.

I think the law should have some way to flag a frequent buyer.

Roger Gorlicki,

Buffalo Grove

Watch out for cyclists

Thank you for bringing much-needed attention to the problem of drivers crashing into bicyclists and pedestrians in Chicago in your three-part series, “Mean Streets: Dangers Biking and Walking in Chicago” [Sept. 3-5].

It is important for drivers to be aware of the large and ever-increasing number of cyclists on city streets.

Far too often we hear about yet another cyclist hit by a vehicle while riding to work.

Chris Phelan, Garland, Texas

Get back to teaching

Why don’t teachers return to the classroom while their contract is being worked out? My understanding is that they are afraid they’ll lose leverage. Unfortunately, continuing the strike after hours of productive negotiations, the union has lost the support of parents and with it, whatever leverage they hoped to retain.

I am behind the teachers, but they need to be in the classroom yesterday.

Kathy Argentar,

North Center

Rahm has met his match

First it was a “strike of choice,” and now it is a “delay of choice.” The front page of Monday’s Sun Times shows a defiant May Rahm Emanuel pointing his finger as if to identify some imagined culprit.

Doesn’t Hizzoner know that finger-pointing is not polite behavior?

Rahm has met his match, and her name is Karen Lewis.

Mike Koskiewicz,

Portage Park

The real monopolists

Members of the business community recently accused the Chicago Public School system of being a monopolist provider of education and the Chicago Teachers Union of being a monopolist provider of labor. This tactic is being deployed as a distraction to divert our attention away from the real monopolists: Big Business and Wall Street.

To paraphrase Mike Turzai, Pennsylvania House majority leader, while bragging about the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s success in passing voter suppression laws: Take over the banks: Done! Take over the media: Done! Take over Congress: Done! Take over the prisons: Working on it. Take over the schools: Houston, we have a problem. A bunch of schoolteachers are blocking the way.

With the takeover nearly complete, the schoolteachers of the city of Chicago appear to be the only ones left who are able to stand in the way of the slow, steady march toward the tyranny of the real monopolists: Big Business and Wall Street.

Sue Ellen Levins, Lincoln Park

Place blame where it belongs

I learned in my high school U.S. government class that Congress — the House of Representatives and the Senate — makes the laws, the Supreme Court interprets the laws and the president enforces the laws. I also learned that money bills can originate only in the House of Representatives.

Knowing those facts, why do the Republicans continue to blame President Barack Obama for everything from our high unemployment rate to poor graduation rates in our nation’s public schools and high gasoline prices?

Let’s put the blame where it belongs: on the Republican lawmakers who have blocked all legislation proposed by Obama to create jobs, hire more teachers, provide alternatives to fossil fuels, end tax breaks for oil companies with record profits and halt tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas.

The president proposes, but Congress disposes!

Karen Wagner, Rolling Meadows

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