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Priest has brought joy to many

The Rev. Daniel Mallette retired Sunday as pastor St. Margaret ScotlParish 9837 S. Throop Street.  |  John H.

The Rev. Daniel Mallette retired Sunday as pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, 9837 S. Throop Street. | John H. White~Sun-Times

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Updated: November 5, 2012 11:28AM

The Rev. Daniel Mallette, former pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, is a good guy, and the archdiocese and Cardinal Francis George should be more respectful to a man who has given joy to countless others his entire life.

Cardinal George, let him remain at St. Margaret’s for as long as he wishes.

I met Father Mallette in 1957, when he was a young priest at St. Agatha’s on the West Side. My sisters and brothers and I went to St. Agatha’s school. His enthusiasm and the harmonious relationship he had with the parishioners was something to see. He counseled, taught, preached, prayed — and even coached sports.

He seemed to knew everyone. His caring, sharing and giving were evident. In the late 1950s, he would deliver baskets of food to the less fortunate.

To Father Mallette, I say: The ones whose lives you have touched with happiness and joy will always be supportive.

Joe T. White, South Shore

Puzzling church actions

When I read about the Rev. Daniel Mallette, it occurred to me it’s too bad the church didn’t act as swiftly to remove the many priests accused of molesting children. I don’t recognize my religion anymore.

Mary A. Foster, Mount Prospect

We have plans for old VA site

It has been reported that a property owned by Northwestern Memorial HealthCare is available to Northwestern University for the development of the biomedical research facility expansion that the university has proposed for the site of the former Prentice Women’s Hospital.

To the contrary, when Northwestern Memorial HealthCare bought the land occupied by the VA Lakeside Medical Center in 2005, it was added to our long-term facility plan for patient care. We believe no parcel of land is better suited for the expansion of patient care than this one due to its proximity to our existing inpatient and ambulatory pavilions as well as to our campus partners.

I would also like to clarify the relationship between Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University. Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the primary teaching hospital of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and shares the mission to care for patients, advance medical science and train the next generation of physicians. However, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University are separate and independently governed institutions.

Dean M. Harrison, president and CEO,

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

Alarming amendment on ballot

On Nov. 6, voters will be asked to vote on an amendment to the Illinois Constitution. This amendment is known as CA 49 — Constitutional Amendment 49. It is a Michael Madigan amendment, proposed by him, and it purports to deal with the “pension crisis” in Illinois. It does nothing of the sort.

What it does do is to give unbridled power to the General Assembly, and it undermines Article XIII, Section 5 of the Illinois Constitution, known as the constitutional protection clause, which makes earned pensions a contractual obligation of the state.

The amendment is some 1,500 words long, replete with complicated language and twisted concepts, which by themselves will lead to myriad lawsuits brought by various parties if ever applied as part of any bill passed by the General Assembly.

What CA49 does not do is address the pension abuses permitted by the General Assembly, where favored friends such as lobbyists, former lawmakers, the mayor of Chicago, union leaders, at least one University of Illinois administrator and others who have had special laws passed so that their pensions are sweeter than what was earned. CA49 does nothing about the special pension deals and end-of-career bonuses given to school superintendents and other school administrators by school boards at the cost of district taxpayers.

CA49 also does not address the root cause of the “pension crisis,” and that is the decades-long underfunding permitted and abetted by the General Assembly as they balanced current costs for education, health and human services and the needs of other state agencies on the backs of future state retirees.

CA49 deserves your “No” vote. It is a sham, a ruse, a cruel hoax being played on Illinois taxpayers by the master magician of Illinois politics. Vote “No” on CA49.

Addison Woodward, Palos Park

Not all that open-minded

Democrats have been the self-proclaimed champions of the poor and defenders of the helpless. The very label of liberal implies a person with an open mind, a person willing to listen to other points of view. Liberals are people of good intentions, not necessarily good results.

But are liberals really open-minded? Liberals love the poor as long as vote Democratic. They love women as long as they vote Democratic and men as long as they vote Democratic. They love blacks and Hispanics as long as they vote Democratic.

They love union members, teachers, policemen, firemen, blue-collar workers, white-collar workers, and Wall Street Investors as long as they vote Democratic. They love the rich, the movie stars, sports figures, corporate executives, doctors and lawyers as long as they vote Democratic.

But there will be hell to pay if you are a conservative and vote Republican; just ask Sarah Palin, Sharon Angle, Christine O’Donnell, Meg Whitman, Allen West, Herman Cain, Condoleezza Rice and Marco Rubio among others.

Ray Cziczo, Johnsburg

Positive report on home sales

The story “Chicago housing market slowly, stubbornly improves” [Oct. 1] focused on the market as a single statistical entity, like the stock market.

Our members are seeing a much more nuanced, and positive, picture in the suburban markets that they serve from the Wisconsin border to the Indiana border.

For example:

In the last several months, the combined total of sales of single-family detached homes in the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors jurisdiction of about 200 communities in DuPage, Lake, suburban Cook and Will counties increased by about 20 percent over the previous year.

Take a look around the market that matters most to you — your community. It’s very likely you’ll find that it’s much healthier than you expected.

Tonya Corder, president,

Mainstreet Organization of Realtors

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