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Cooked books? We may never know

Chicago Ald. PDowell (3rd)

Chicago Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd)

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Updated: November 10, 2012 6:13AM

Steve Huntley wrote that it is unlikely that anyone in the Obama administration cooked the books to bring the unemployment rate below 8 percent. Mr. Huntley wrote that such a scheme would “surely come out eventually” and bring us another Watergate-type scandal.

While I don’t pay much attention to conspiracy theories unless there’s some kind of evidence, any potential book-cooking would likely not come out until after the election. Until Nov. 6, any accusers will be dismissed by Democrats as being akin to the birthers.

Maddy Hagen, Lincoln Park

The innocence of children

You know what I liked about seeing the young black and white children and Asian and Spanish children playing in the park across the street from the Newberry Library today as I stood there at the bus stop waiting for the No. 22 bus?

I liked the fact that they are still innocent, pleasant and sweet.

I liked the sound of their laughter as they played.

I liked the fact that they are not yet prejudiced simply because they have not learned it yet from the adults of the River North community or from the world in which they live.

John B. Melton Jr., Near North Side

ComEd responsive to power problems

The Sun-Times’ story on Oct. 3 about power outages in Chicago was certainly provocative, but I was surprised that the extensive coverage of outages in my ward didn’t include any of the information I provided about reliability improvements.

I am a strong advocate for my constituents and I am the first one on the phone to ComEd if there is a problem in my ward. But I also give credit where it is due and, when the Sun-Times called me for comment, I made it clear that ComEd has been very responsive to the concerns I’ve raised about service in the ward.

ComEd representatives have worked very closely with my office to identify the root cause of problems and develop and implement an improvement plan.

Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd)

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