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Judge CynthiBrim  |  Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

Judge Cynthia Brim | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

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Updated: December 12, 2012 6:35AM

The Nov. 9 editorial, “Time to give the boot to bad judges,” is right on.

For decades, I’ve called for a switch from electing judges to merit retention. The problem is obvious when 20 years have passed without a single judge losing retention.

The examples of bad judges keeping their jobs should motivate legislators in Springfield to act.

But just in case they need additional evidence, know this: The Cook County ballot is one of the longest in the country due to judicial contests. Long ballots lead to long lines for voting and discourage participation. Plus, some suburban voters on Tuesday thought referenda were missing from their ballots because they skipped judicial races — an all too common occurrence — and unfortunately overlooked voting on a local issue.

Let’s do what’s right and change the system for retaining judges.

David Orr,

Cook County clerk

Women fight back

Apparently it never occurred to the Republican Party that if they waged a war on women, women would fight back.

Daniel Welch, Lombard

Don’t pull a Greece

Greece is bracing for a second round of austerity cuts, aimed at the working people and those on pensions and government aid. Once again, the wealthy will escape unscathed as they pay no taxes and hide their riches in foreign banks. The United States must not follow Greece down this austerity road, where “austerity” applies only to the un-wealthy. The top 1 percent must pay their fair share of taxes to support our nation’s infrastructure, education and other services that have benefitted them.

We must not take funds from Americans’ earned benefits of Social Security and Medicare to balance the budget.

Those who shower after work should not pay a higher tax rate than those who collect dividends while sitting around their pools sipping an umbrella drink.

We should all contribute according to our ability to maintain our social services, infrastructure and democratic institutions.

Karen Wagner, Rolling Meadows

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