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Rahm’s foul ball

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn

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Updated: November 11, 2012 6:18AM

Rahm’s foul ball

Good for Gov. Quinn, for standing up to the ever`-smiling bully, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, on the Wrigley Field back-door renovation deal.

I’m a lifelong Cub fan, but I do not want a dime of my tax dollars going towards that ballpark. Let the Ricketts use their own money.

It’s just another case of the wealthy getting even more wealth at the cost of the little guy. Gov. Quinn should stand on his position because this looks to be a“ foul ball” with a bad smell.

Mark Wilkins, Hyde Park

Keep your nose out of my panties

Sunday, we received two gifts; your editorial, “Contraception vs. abortion,” and Gene Lyons’ commentary on “Southern Strategy.” Both were honest, factual and for some of us, long-awaited.

Until this election, I have always voted for the person vs. the party. I had always believed that this nation needs responsible conservative values to control liberal spending, and that together, a balance is reached.

This race, with its “nose in my panties,” has shown me how I am perceived by the “conservatives.” Thank you for your input; I will recognize, and pay for, my own sins. As Mother Teresa said; “In the end, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them, anyway.”

Jeanne Crenshaw, Cicero

In defense of Starbucks

Regarding Tuesday’s story, “Starbucks nips at heels of dog daycare”: What part of this name-stealing is “clever?”

Starbucks invested many years and many millions of dollars establishing its brand name. The implication that a big, bad company is trying to outmuscle a small startup is silly. First, the quote from Andrea McCarthy-Grzybek claiming that the name is “clever” essentially acknowledges that she is trying to capitalize on Starbucks’ trademark for her own profit. Second, I question the expertise of Rebecca Tushnet; every marketer I have worked with preaches the critical need to protect trademarks. Remember, aspirin was once a brand name until lax trademark protection rendered it a generic name. Your story is biased in favor of the little guy, albeit the law-breaking little guy.

Mark Hazeltine, Arlington Heights

Pirates and presidents

Modern pirates have better status

Some things don’t change. Just like the pirates of old, modern-day pirates hide their ill-gotten gains on Caribbean islands.

However, unlike olden times, a modern-day pirate doesn’t have to hide. Instead the modern-day pirate, whose accounts are full of looted assets and pension funds, shares a stage with the president, lecturing him on creating jobs.

Michael Glass, Glen Ellyn

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