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Alderman Sandi Jacksattends an unveiling ceremony Henry L. English Way street sign Thursday August 9 2012 Chicago. | Richard A.

Alderman Sandi Jackson attends an unveiling ceremony of the Henry L. English Way street sign on Thursday, August 9, 2012 in Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times

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Updated: February 22, 2013 6:11AM

Ald. Burke to the rescue

Once again Ald. Ed Burke seems to know what is best for the lowly, uneducated citizens of Chicago. Ald. Burke’s latest quest is to ban high caffeinated drinks. I am so very thankful that Ald. Burke is here to save us all from ourselves. I suggest that Ald. Burke spend his time on more important issues such as proposing a cut in the size of our antiquated City Council from 50 to at least 25 aldermen. Think of the millions we would save the city, which is currently in financial distress.

William Sullivan, Garfield Ridge

Sandi Jackson’s nerve

I think [former alderman] Sandi Jackson has a lot of nerve after she and her husband have disgraced the Jackson name. Then what they say about the Beavers family and her furniture goes to show how much she cared about the 7th Ward [“Sandi Jackson: I’m picking my own replacement for alderman,” Jan. 17]. At least the Beavers actually live in the 7th ward.

Angela Cobb, Washington Heights

Americans and guns

What is it about Americans that makes some of us covet extremely lethal weapons? Is it the wildness of the frontier and the compulsion to be “self sufficient”? Or is it a fear of government? During the Korean War, my dad used to say, foreign invaders would “meet a shotgun at every house.” He didn’t seem to realize how impotent such defenses would be against superior weapons. Even an endless supply of automatic weapons and ammunition would soon become useless against tanks and a heavily armed military. Today’s drones make such “self defense” even more unrealistic. Civilians should not be allowed to have guns and high-capacity clips that are designed to kill lots of people in a very short time. Every owner of a legal gun should have a background check, a waiting period, and should have access to a limited number of guns. We must recover some common sense in our gun laws.

Karen Wagner, Rolling Meadows

Huntley right on the money

Steve Huntley’s Jan 18 column (“Absolutists hurt real gun debate”) hit the problem dead on, and it covers far more than the two issues he brought up. More than 80 percent of us reside somewhere left or right of center, yet that minority voice seems to hold the most sway. I just don’t get it. Until the middle raise its voice, this problem will not go away!

Dan Stecich, Orland Park

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