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Updated: December 6, 2012 6:15AM

Does Mitt Romney understand?

I am 72 years old, retired and dependent on Social Security, which I paid into for nearly 45 years.

I would like to ask Gov. Romney a few questions:

1. Have you ever been unemployed or broke?

2. Have you ever lost your home or car?

3. Have you ever been laid off from a job when you have a young family to support?

4. Have you ever struggled to get by through a 117-day strike?

5. Have you ever been discriminated against because of who you are?

6. Have you ever been passed over for a job or excluded from promotion for any reason at all?

7. Have you ever been profiled?

8. Have you ever been looked at like you have just stolen something or committed a crime?

9. Have you been denied use of a public facility because of whom or what you are?

10. Have you spent as much time on your knees as I have?

11. Have you ever had to worry about Social Security and Medicare for yourself?

12. Were you or your child ever denied medical treatment because you were not insured?

How can you relate to people you don’t know, Gov. Romney, and understand situations about which you have no knowledge or experience?

Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.

God bless America, and God bless you, Gov. Romney.

Wardell Watkins, East Chicago, Ind.

CPS bribes a new low for city

The Chicago Public Schools and Rahm Emanuel’s plan to bribe parents with $25 Walgreens gift cards to pick up their children’s report cards is a new low for Chicago.

Emanuel says we need to close the gap between “a parent and a teacher, a gap between the parent and the principal . . .”

What about the monumental gap between the parent and their child? How much money will Emanuel bribe parents to close that gap with their own child? How sad is that.

Lawrence Dudzik, Mokena

I picked up report cards. Where’s my gift card?

I and my wife have raised two daughters. Throughout their educational years we have attended all parent-teacher conferences, picked up report cards and ensured all homework assignments were done on time.

How silly of us to believe this was part of our parental responsibilities. Can I now apply for a $25 gift card from Walgreens, seeing as my children are responsible adults?

Michael T. Malone, Garfield Ridge

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