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Ozzie Guillen  |  Gene J. Puskar~AP

Ozzie Guillen | Gene J. Puskar~AP

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Updated: November 26, 2012 7:13AM

Is America really the land of the free?

Cook County wants to increase taxes on cigarettes to force you to stop smoking.

Indiana U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock wants to force a woman to have a baby no matter how she was impregnated.

I don’t smoke, but I respect others right to smoke. And I say that if you can’t be impregnated and go through what a woman has go through, then you have no right to tell her what to do with her body.

Eugenia Tillman, Lansing

Don’t raise county tax, just cut spending

Here we go again — another proposed tax increase on cigarettes in Cook County. What’s enough? Why are we not taking a harder line on spending and waste?

The additional tax takes aim at the majority of the middle class. If we continue to use “health cost excuses” to justify taxes to meet government budgets, then how about obesity?

And diabetes and heart conditions are surely up there when it comes to driving up the costs of health care.

People are fed up with Cook County and its poor management and will simply go elsewhere.

Kim Corso, Monte Clare

Ozzie gets what he deserves

The Florida Marlins did what the White Sox should have done. They got rid of Ozzie Guillen, the loudmouth, a lot sooner than later. Now let’s see where he takes his act.

Let’s hope it isn’t in baseball.

Mark Wilkins, Bronzeville

Pension amendment a farce

A proposed state constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot, regarding public employee pensions, is nothing but a brazen attempt to shield state lawmakers from the blame they so richly deserve for the ongoing pension crisis.

Their utter disregard for their responsibilities borders on criminal malfeasance.

Every state legislator who has kicked this problem down the road should be held responsible.

Bob Hall, Mount Greenwood

Roger Simon gets it wrong

Roger Simon was wrong and reckless in his opinions concerning the third presidential debate. He mentioned how President Obama went to Israel as a candidate, but left out how Gov. Romney called out Obama for his failure to meet with Israelis as president while visiting other nations in the region. And Simon failed to mention how Obama was wrong in his exchange with Romney about U.S. automakers. In the future, try to keep the playing field level, Roger.

Nick Irsuto, Schiller Park

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