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A mother’s failure

ArizonCardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) before an NFL football game against Seattle Seahawks Sunday Sept. 9 2012 Glendale Ariz.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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Updated: January 28, 2013 3:48PM

I am so saddened by the news of the housefire in Englewood that claimed the lives of the two small children. The mother is a poor excuse of a mother. Once you have children, they become your primary focus. But she chose to be selfish, leaving them behind as she went off to a party, and it ended in tragedy. Her lawyer said she was devastated by the fire, but responsibility for the children’s deaths lies with her. I raised my son by myself and there were times when I couldn’t do the things I wanted. We all make mistakes, but this is a crime. Maybe if she spends some time in prison, she’ll realize the loss.

Mary Meenan, Belmont Central

Gun control isn’t working

Let me see if I got this right: Illinois is about to tighten its already nation-leading restrictive gun control laws, while at the same time cutting spending on facilities for the mentally ill. I have yet to see a gun of any kind walk into a building and mow down people, but I have seen several mentally ill people take a gun and mow down people.

As is typical, our political actions don’t deal with the root cause of gun violence, only the symptoms.

Michael D. Turay, Crete

NFL needs more Larry Fitzgeralds

While watching the Bears on Sunday, I noticed what a class individual Cardinal’s wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is. He made some great plays and simply tossed the ball to an official, with none of dances or antics of other attention-getting diva wide receivers. He helped up one of his tacklers, autographed a jersey for Brandon Marshall after the game and, as the broadcasters reported, does a lot of charity work. I’m a die-hard Bears fan, but I recognize class when I see it.

The NFL needs more Larry Fitzgeralds.

Jim Hantak, Hillside

Another way to cut pension costs

With regard to the Sun-Times’s coverage of the state pension reform problem, one solution never addressed is the consolidation of local taxing districts. Illinois has nearly 9,000 taxing districts, far more than in other states with substantially higher populations.

These districts run up the cost of local government, but also increase the number of people receiving pensions.

Kevin McDonnell, Edgewater

‘Gun control’ like a religion

Belief in “gun control” as an effective way of stopping crime requires so much faith in the face of statistics, experiential data and history that it should be considered an organized religion on the same level as Christianity, Judaism or Islam.

Douglas Winston, Waukegan

Make them pay fair share

Instead of making the people who already pay more than their fair share of taxes pay more, abolish the earned income tax credit and make those who pay little or no taxes, but still get money back from the government, pay theirs.

Mike Mannard, Schaumburg

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