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Bribing parents to do their job?

JO' Brien is president Catholics for Choice.  I  Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

Jon O' Brien is president of Catholics for Choice. I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

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Updated: December 2, 2012 2:07PM

Now Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to give parents $25 gift cards, provided by Walgreen Co., to show up at schools on report card pick-up day.

Isn’t this just a $25 bribe for parents to do what they are supposed to do? Why is it always the solution to throw money at a problem?

People want to blame the teachers when their kids are failing in school, but what does it say when we have to pay parents to be a part of their kids’ education?

Are they going to show up for their kids or for the gift card?

And what happens next? Do we pay parents to read to their kids or walk them to school? Save the gift cards for the parents and teachers who really care about their children.

Richard Clemens, Bridgeport

Gift cards for report cards

You shouldn’t have to give a parent money to be involved in their child’s life. There has to be a more correct way to get to the parents. How about social workers visiting homes, and funding the clinics and organizations that help communities and families?

Janette Lopez, Belmont/Cragin

Mayor’s gift card idea is absurd

While it’s great of Walgreens to provide those $25 gift cards for parents who pick up their kids’ report cards, it’s absurd that our mayor would come up with such an idea.

It’s a sad day when the mayor of this nation’s third-largest city has to lure/bribe citizens to be involved in their children’s lives. Pathetic, really.

But, hey, this is Chicago politics!

Tracy Jasas, Bridgeport

A good Catholic?

If the Sun-Times’ purpose in printing the story on Tuesday about ‘Catholics for Choice’ clashing with the Church’s hierarchy was to show how the person who heads that organization doesn’t even know what makes a Catholic, then you have succeeded.

If he says he is a good Catholic because he was baptized, he is deluding himself.

Donald Nauyokas, Brighton Park

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