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Updated: February 28, 2013 6:48AM

Is it not marvelous that Marian Anderson was able to sing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 without lip-syncing!

Sylvia Royce, Portage Park

Beyonce knocked it out of the park

Here is my two-cents worth on the Beyonce national anthem controversy. I was at work, with no TV available, listening to the radio (which makes it hard for me to judge if she was lip-synching or not). But I did notice what seemingly has been overlooked by by most commentators: she gave us a very competent, inspiring rendition of the national anthem. Too bad that TV has jaded our minds so much that we fail to acknowledge that.

David Olson, Berwyn

Kirk betrays middle class

In the days before Sen. Mark Kirk returned to Congress, Sen. Dick Durbin spoke of all the help that he had given to Sen Kirk to help him return to Congress. The American taxpayers have spent millions on Sen. Kirk’s rehab and he can be thankful that he did not fall under the voucher plan that his Republican partner Paul Ryan from Wisconsin had planned for the average taxpayer.

Sen. Kirk came out of his stroke, and his mind and heart did not change one bit. He announced that if he could have voted on the fiscal cliff, which would have increased the taxes on the very people who supplied the funds for his rehab, he would have voted to let the economy go over the cliff. Sen. Durbin, Sen Kirk may be a friend of yours, but he is no friend of the middle class and mine.

James G. Clinnin, Lansing

Overreacting to snow

We get one inch of snow Friday morning. In Buena Park (and probably throughout the city), you would have thought we had a blizzard. At the entrances to the Lake Shore Drive pedway at Buena Avenue, there was so much salt that you could use a shovel and recycle the salt for the next “blizzard.” This was also noticeable at the bus stops.

Four problems: (1) harms shoes; (2) hurts dog paws; (3) deteriorates concrete; (4) wasteful. Suggestion: Buy pet-friendly salt! Conserve the salt when needed in more serious situations.

David Wheat, Uptown

Cruelty to pigeons

Do we still tell our kids that kindness is a virtue, or is callousness now king (“So Simple: Stop Feeding the Pigeons,” Jan. 24)? Most of us have room in our hearts not only for our own families and for the poor and homeless but also for the “least of them,” animals like pigeons, who are in our cities not because they want to be here, but because human beings captured them long ago and brought them here. They don’t have other options, but we do, and when someone in authority chooses to be downright cruel rather than selecting a humane solution, the pigeons — rock doves, symbols of peace, birds who mate for life and are exemplary parents — not only suffer but actually end up looking more evolved than we do.

Instead of simply complaining about pigeon droppings, surely in this economy someone would be glad to have the job of cleaning them up — or maybe Boy or Girl Scouts or a local birding or wildlife protection group would volunteer to help. And animal protection groups like PETA have been here all along, ready to offer guidance. In cruel policies, there is everything to be ashamed of and nothing to tout.Very truly yours,

Ingrid E. Newkirk, president

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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