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Updated: December 28, 2012 6:15AM

“Do as I say, not as I do” clearly applies to former Black Panther Party activist and Congressman Bobby Rush concerning how the seat of former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. should be filled in the upcoming special election. Speaking of the many candidates who might enter the race, Rush is quoted as saying, “Cool your jets. My fear is that there is going to be so many wannabes blinded by ambition that we could find a Tea Party candidate winning, which would be a travesty.” It appears that Rush would rather have Democratic Party leaders in the smoke-filled backrooms anoint a designated candidate rather than let voters make the choice in a competitive open primary. Your Chicago Democratic Party machine is no different from ours in New York. One-party monopoly of urban government always ends up with corruption, arrogance and abuse of power. There are no checks and balances. Whatever happened to the old Bobby Rush who advocated “Power to the People”?

Larry Penner, Great Neck, New York

Get Turkey out of Cyprus

Columnist Steve Huntley is right to ring the alarm bells over Turkey’s aggressive posturing towards Israel and the rise of anti-Americanism in Turkey. Yet, while Huntley cites the plight of Turkey’s Kurds and the Armenian genocide in his bill of indictment against Turkey, it is another charge that long ago should have raised questions about Turkey’s fitness as a Western ally. In 1974, in a two-phase invasion condemned by the United Nations, the U.S., the European Court of Human Rights and the European Union, Turkey illegally took over nearly 40 percent of the Republic of Cyprus. Nearly 40 years later, it still occupies this EU country, an occupation that Vice President Joe Biden has called “the only truly unresolved and unremitting injustice that exists in that whole area of the world.”

If Western allies are to rely on Turkey and encourage the EU to accept it as a member, Turkey has to abandon its a la carte approach to international law and human rights. There is potential for Turkey to be a bridge between Islam and the West, but not if it is setting its own rules. It can take a huge first step by ending its occupation of Cyprus.

Endy Zemenides, the Loop

Plenty of people work on Thanksgiving

I find the outrage over retailers opening their doors on Thanksgiving to be quite interesting. What I never hear anyone complain about are the thousands of people behind the scenes who make Thanksgiving Day football possible. The TV employees, the parking lot attendants, the concession stand employees. What about hotel and restaurant employees? Gas station attendants? Should they all start protesting and complaining too? I work every Thanksgiving and I’m grateful for the work. Retailers open because people go, it’s that simple. If you’re so concerned about the workers on Thanksgiving, turn off your televisions and spend time with your family.

Victoria Martin, Glen Ellyn

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