Right ruling on ‘code of silence’
Kudos to Judge Amy St. Eve. It took perseverance and tenacity to set the bar high and rule the “code of silence” null and void [“No new code of silence,” editorial, Friday].
Anthony Abbate’s actions were wrong. Judge Amy St. Eve’s decision was right.
Richard J. White, Elmhurst
Authorities’ own code of silence
Regarding your recent editorial on the “code of silence,” it should be pointed out that this is not a practice exclusively used by the Chicago Police Department, but permeates with authorities in general.
The authorities themselves complain about a “code of silence” when citizens refuse to reveal information, yet these same authorities practice their own “code of silence,” which has caused numerous false incarcerations, (and many we may never know about), criminals who have moved freely without punishment, and blatant cover-ups regarding these activities.
The state’s attorney, much like her predecessors, continues to deny any wrongdoing.
Rich Schutz, Glenview
Illusion of personal security
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan, surrounded by trained, armed and ready Secret Service agents, was shot, along with James Brady and a Secret Service agent, by the untrained and mentally disturbed John Hinckley. Anyone who honestly believes that carrying concealed weapons will keep him or her safe is self-delusional. The possession of firearms provides the dangerous illusion of personal security, since no one can predict when of from whom the threat will come, and you may only end up supplying your assailant with the weapons to do further harm. But don’t believe me, ask Nancy Lanza.
Richard A. Kosinski, Edison Park
Put hefty tax on assault rifles
Here’s an idea to lower the number of combat assault rifles in society.
The NRA’s slogan is, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” You could also say, “Cigarettes don’t kill people, people who smoke cigarettes kill people.”
A pack of cigarettes is $8, due to high taxes. Raise the taxes on assault rifles. If the NRA wants a policeman in every U.S. school, they can pay for it by raising guns taxes.
Arm a teacher? What if a teacher snaps?
John Orlowski, Clearing
Will climate science get respect?
The fact that Americans are only now accepting the reality of global climate change demonstrates two things: first, that the United States has been able to avoid the adverse effects of global warming for longer than many other parts of the world, and second, that our national relationship to scientific knowledge has deteriorated grossly since the 1960s and 70s, when our space program took human beings to the moon and back with the full support, admiration and respect of an engaged public. [Editorial, “Pols lag Americans on climate change.”]
That was then. Now, it’s a different story. Thanks to an indifferent media, climatologists are misrepresented when their findings are complex, ignored when their work is misunderstood, and physically threatened when their results are ideologically inconvenient. Since geographical good luck no longer protects our nation from the consequences of the accelerating greenhouse effect, will America’s politicians, media and citizenry finally accord climate scientists the respect they deserve?
Warren Sanders, Medford, Mass.