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U.S. Rep. Jesse JacksJr. D-Ill. his wife Chicago Alderman Sandi Jacksthank family members foot stage his electinight party Tuesday March

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., and his wife Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, thank family members at the foot of the stage at his election night party Tuesday, March 20, 2012, in Chicago after his Democratic primary win over challenger, former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, in the Illinois' 2nd District. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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Updated: March 7, 2013 6:32AM

While the Sun-Times editorial on toll scofflaws [“Get those toll cheats,” Tuesday] is well-intentioned, there is an alarming set of numbers associated with that woman in Dallas.

The editorial claims that she has racked up $179,596 because of 8,500 unpaid tolls.

If you do the math, that comes to over $21 per toll. And that, I would suggest, is highway robbery!

Mike Koskiewicz, Portage Park

Treat Jacksons the same as others

I just read your Tuesday article by Natasha Korecki and Michael Sneed and was very upset where it states “that the prosecutors do take into account in a financial probe — charging husband and wife who are also a mom and dad. The couple has school-age children.”

Yes, they are a mom and dad, yes, they are elected officials.

So what? As a mom and dad, they should have thought about what kind of image that they want their children to have of them. Being a mom and dad should have no effect on whether to charge them. The only question is if they are guilty.

Jimmy Burgess,


Judge isn’t fit for the bench

Cook County Judge Cynthia Brim, who has a history of mental illness, including five hospitalizations for psychotic episodes, and suffers from schizo-affective disorder-bipolar type, was found not guilty by reason of insanity on battery charges for shoving a sheriff’s deputy, yet she has continued receiving her $182,000 salary during her suspension and is now “eager to get back to work.” So, Cook County has a well-documented mentally disturbed judge on the bench passing judgment on others.

WHO is insane?

Robert Sarnowski, Elgin

Wrong show for Super Bowl

It is a shame we have to endure a soft-porn show during halftime of the Super Bowl.

Martin Ives, Naperville

Enact gay marriage in Illinois

In honor of Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday, I’m writing to you to voice my disappointment regarding the continued civil rights discrimination facing gay citizens of this state. It is a horrible injustice to deny families and couples the legal protections they deserve just because of their sexual orientation. I have been married for 11 years and can attest that marriage strengthens relationships, fosters stability and makes families more unified. Advocating for same-sex marriage simply means that I advocate love, equality, stability and unity. All positive attributes in our society.

Let us all find the courage within ourselves to stand in the face of hate and demand equality for all our neighbors, regardless of sexual orientation. While legalizing civil unions in 2010 was a huge step in the right direction, it is just not enough. A civil union is not a marriage. It is not equal. It is not fair. We demand better.

Stand with me and demand our legislators pass the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.

Jill Gaskell, Brookfield

Learn at a slower pace

I am responding to Marlen Garcia’s Monday column, “If we slow down, we’ll teach more.” Based on personal experience, I believe that Garcia’s theory of slowing down the rate at which students learn could not only improve America’s overall test scores but improve students’ schooling experience.

Garcia mentioned that American math scores were much lower than Eastern countries because students there learn in a slower and more social environment. Personally, math has always been a subject that teachers rush through and expect students to remember things they have learned years before. Math as a whole depends on a “building up” process, in which you need understanding of one lesson in order to move on to the next.

Coincidentally, I have noticed that math teachers expect their students’ memories to be flawless, which is certainly not the case. However, I feel that if my teachers at previous levels had slowed down and thought of more creative and interactive ways to teach these matters, I would have certainly been more prepared for my everyday math class, as well as ACT and SAT tests.

Ryann O’Mara, Palos Heights

Build a South Loop high school

Chicago is known as a city of neighborhoods. And in a neighborhood you find things like homes, parks, and schools. Each is a vital part of any community.

After the 2010 census, several areas in the city saw declines in population. But one, the South Loop, had big increases. There was a time when this area was a wasteland, but almost 40 years ago civic leaders saw the value in this spot and built a diverse community with housing and parks. But one thing was always lacking: quality public schools. Decades later, the South Loop Elementary School was built. Now a neighborhood high school is needed. Some say that there is Jones College Prep High School, but it’s a selective enrollment school with only a few seats for neighborhood students.

A new neighborhood high school would be the focal point of the community. It would be a place where children could walk to school instead of taking a bus across town. An educational institution where any student was welcome. A spot where neighbors could congregate to share local news or attend an event. Having a neighborhood high school would make parents think twice before moving to suburbs and keep the middle class in the city.

The South Loop is a neighborhood. It’s a growing community that needs to take the next step in its development. Let’s build a neighborhood high school.

Richard L. Weindorfer, president,

South Loop Neighbors

Voters don’t know who judges are

It’s not all that shocking that we have Judge Cynthia Brim, deemed not recommended by the bar association, with a history of mental illness, and with a looming battery charge, re-elected to the bench. Voters don’t know who these judges are and the fate of the accused should not lie in the hands of uneducated voters.

But to have her found not guilty by reason of insanity by a colleague on the bench, and to hear her lawyer say she is eager to get back to work, is mind-boggling. Do I have this straight? A person that is too insane to know right from wrong, is going to be once again sitting in a court room deciding what is right or wrong to the people brought before her?

Scott Sinclair, Gurnee

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