Updated: January 24, 2013 6:29AM
Prevent another breakout
I have worked in downtown Chicago for many years. Been by the Metropolitan Correctional Center often. Watched them play basketball on the roof. I never imagined or thought anyone could escape there, especially with all the security on the ground.
Maybe it is time to give prison inmates the same paper clothing and sheets that we all get while we are at the doctors office or the hospital. I’m sure that if this were the case they wouldn’t have gotten out of their cell safely.
Not a good idea
Now they want to arm teachers in the wake of shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn. Don’t they remember the old saying: Live by the sword, die by the sword?
John M. Podraza,
Truth about charter schools
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the school board intend to allow a number of new charter schools to open while they contemplate the closing of other schools because they are underused. One has to ask, why? The answer would appear to be another attack on Chicago teachers and their union.
Why open charter schools while there is abundant space in already-existing schools? One obvious answer is to circumvent the teachers union. Also, corporate support for a number of these schools doubles the savings for the board.
Bears have it wrong
The Chicago Bears complain when fans grumble about their lackluster performance, although the team accepts mega-paychecks. The team’s rationale is that fans approve only during a winning season — and what is wrong with that? Fans expect improved team effort in return for expensive seating. Why should the fans root for the Chicago Bears when they get negative results?