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Let Cook County judge preside

FILE - In this Feb. 16 2011 file phoChicago Alderman Sandi Jackswife former U.S. Rep. Jesse JacksJr. is seen her

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2011 file photo, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, wife of former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., is seen in her Chicago office. Jackson said Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, that she is not interested in running for the U.S. House seat her husband held for nearly 17 years, ending talk that she was eying the Chicago-area district. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned last month citing his health and acknowledging that he's under federal investigation, reportedly for misusing campaign funds. His decision followed a hushed medical leave for treatment of bipolar disorder. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

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Updated: January 15, 2013 11:26AM

Let Cook County judge preside

I’m sorry, Sun-Times, but did you really say that the county should bring in an outsider for this [Vanecko] trial? You do understand the Chicago, the county, the state elect judges to preside over our laws with complete impartiality.

Yes, I am fully aware of the “crooked” county experience, but if you overstep the legal process with this case, what’s to stop the next case or the one after? We shouldn’t relinquish our abilities to process criminal cases, or else we really will be the laughingstock of the nation incapable of handling our own corruption or crime.

Anthony Clarizio,

Mount Greenwood

The real Jackson question

It was nice to finally see Ald. Sandi Jackson finally answering some questions about her future, but I find it interesting that one very important question isn’t asked. And that is: How is it possible for her to properly represent her ward while she lives in Washington D.C.?

Dan Stecich, Orland Park

Greedy politicians

I read a novel years ago in which a character said, “Politicians are the vermin of the soul.”

Reading about Joe Berrios and 14 family relations feeding at the trough, I rest his case.

Joseph Stachowski, Lincoln Park

Goodbye to fine columnist

I just hate it when a Sun-Times columnist leaves. I can’t help but feel a sense of personal loss. I went through it when Jeffrey Zaslow left, and Rob Feder and now Stephanie Zimmermann.

I wish Stephanie well in her new venture and thank her for all she has done for all of us who felt helpless.

Joan E. Knudsen, Chicago Ridge

Say no to pigeons

I commend Ald. James Cappleman (46th) for proposing the ordinance to state that it shall be unlawful to feed pigeons. The pigeons of this city are obnoxious, dangerous, deface the entire city. I propose adding an exception to the ordinance — it shall be lawful to feed pigeons as long as it’s poison.

Eileen C. Murtaugh, Morgan Park

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