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Move the Day of the Dead race

Cars fly by Eisenhower Expy.  |  Sun-Times file photo

Cars fly by on the Eisenhower Expy. | Sun-Times file photo

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Updated: December 7, 2012 6:11AM



Here in Pilsen, the residents every year are asked to move their vehicles for the annual 5K race that celebrates the Day of the Dead. The race is held by UNO charter schools, and many participate.

By 5 a.m., the Chicago Police Department, along with contracted towing companies, tow vehicles that belong to the residents along 16th Street so that the runners have a clear path.

The only problem is that the city, the 25th Ward alderman’s office and the race organizers fail to inform the residents properly, causing their vehicles to be towed, and forcing the residents of 16th Street between Ashland and Racine to bail out their vehicles for hundreds of dollars.

I feel that the race should be held on metered streets to allow the cash-strapped residents of 16th Street some peace. Our street has not been paved for more than 10 years, and we are not even asked if UNO could hold the race. This event is hated by the local residents every year because of this expensive inconvenience.

James Lopez, Pilsen

Burning rubber on the Ike

Why go to Texas to speed at 85 mph when we have the Eisenhower?

Richard Sykora, Cicero

A jarring cartoon

Jack Higgins’ Nov. 4 cartoon is especially jarring. It shows a fuming New York motorist in a long car queue hoping to buy gas that is in short supply due to destruction by Hurricane Sandy.

But wait: A torn sticker reading “OBAMA for President” adorns the man’s rear bumper. As if Obama is to blame, when actually FEMA under his direction is a 100 percent improvement over what disgusted everyone after witnessing the botched effort by FEMA in Louisiana and Mississippi under President George W. Bush after their hurricane.

Blaming anyone for Sandy’s destructive aftermath seems downright dippy.

Ted Z. Manuel, Hyde Park

Cartoon way off the mark

I have always enjoyed Jack Higgins’ editorial cartoons, though sometimes I couldn’t agree with him. But Sunday’s cartoon, in which he seems to blame President Obama for the gasoline crisis caused by Hurricane Sandy, is outrageous.

Shirley Sax, Morton Grove

What Sarah Palin didn’t say

Carol Marin, did you not attend journalism school? Get your facts correct. A big lie is that Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her house when it actually was on “Saturday Night Live.”

Vicki Johnson, Chardon

Did Obama walk in his shoes?

In response to the Nov. 5 letter from Wardell Watkins, in which he asks if Mitt Romney has ever walked in his shoes: Maybe you have been unfortunate, Mr. Watkins, but does that make Mitt Romney a bad person?

Why did you did not address the same question to Barack Obama?

Rich Ankotovitch, Park Ridge



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