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Taste of Chicago isn’t worth it

Scott Stewart~Sun-Times files

Scott Stewart~Sun-Times files

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Updated: March 26, 2013 9:29AM

Who cares about the Taste of Chicago being canceled? It breeds gang-bangers and crimes. If you want to eat, go to a nice restaurant and relax. Also use the $1.6 million lost during the last two years of the Taste and hire additional police officers to combat the out-of-control homicide rate.

Roger J. O’Brien, Edgebrook

Steinberg needs to open his mind

People like Neil Steinberg who know very little about the Catholic faith pretend that truth is relative and whatever the majority decides must be true. Neil thinks his definition of health care is the true one and anyone who disagrees is wrong. Abortion and contraceptives do nothing to promote one’s health, are only used for selfish purposes, and should not be included as health care or in health insurance. Is Neil blind to the fact that numerous people do not want anyone to pay for a coverage they will never want? Will someone please tell him that the Bible is not a science book so he can stop pretending that it is?

Donald Nauyokas, Brighton Park

Children will suffer for CPS mistakes

Shame on our so incompetent “city leaders,” CPS and the Board of Education, which prefer to protect their bloated salaries and pensions instead of considering the educational potential of our children. They created the CPS deficit but will make our children suffer the consequences of their incompetence and stupidity.

Chicago taxpayers/voters must also take part of the blame for voting in these bungling idiots who after 20-30 years or more still can’t get it right. We voted in these inept individuals who not only bankrupted the school system, screwed up the parking deal, but almost bankrupted our city — and we are still paying them for not doing their job. Shame on us all — and suffer the little children of Chicago.

Ann M. Gutierrez, Bridgeport

Lawsuit is stall tactic

It saddens me that people are attempting to delay the closure of the Murray Developmental Center at the expense of people with disabilities. The lawsuit mentioned in a Feb. 13 article is a stall tactic intended to further deny people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the same freedom and opportunity that we enjoy living in a community of our choice. I have enjoyed working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for 36 years and have witnessed those with the most severe disabilities flourish in the community. For some that means planting a garden for the first time or holding a job. For others it’s simply having a secure, predictable environment with customized supports and services that facilitate an atmosphere that promotes confidence, happiness and opportunity. Governor’s Quinn’s Rebalancing Initiative is investing in community living and plans to shift institutional funds to community supports and services. This significant change in public policy is not only a civil liberty but also an investment in a safer, equitable and cost effective system that will maximize limited resources to serve more people. Under no circumstance will anyone with intellectual or developmental disabilities be moved into a home without trained and licensed professionals on staff. In fact, the person-centered approach makes each transition unique in that it is customized to meet individual needs including 24-hour care when necessary. Even with the closure of the Murray Developmental Center, Illinois remains one of the most institutionalized states in the nation and institutionalizes twice the number of people than any other Midwestern state. It is my belief that this lawsuit is without merit and will likely mirror the destiny of similar frivolous lawsuits in other states that failed.

Sheila Romano, director

Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities

Appeals will free Peterson

I would just like to warn everyone who closely followed the Drew Peterson murder case and then celebrated his subsequent conviction and sentence. I raise this warning because I’m afraid you haven’t heard the last of Drew Peterson. More specifically a free, on the street Drew Peterson. While I agree that Mr. Peterson may very well be guilty of murder, he was convicted on hearsay evidence. The laws were rewritten in Illinois to specifically convict this one individual. Regardless of presumed guilt, one of the bedrock principals of our legal system is that hearsay evidence is not admissible.

This case will be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court and Mr. Peterson will win the argument. Hearsay is something the Supreme Court takes very seriously. He will be granted a new trial and he will be exonerated, for the simple fact that if the state of Illinois had enough evidence to convict him without changing the laws of hearsay evidence it would not have needed to change the laws in the first place. So don’t be surprised if in about two or three years from now there are helicopters flying overhead and news crews waiting for Drew Peterson’s release and a statement.

David Atkins. Lake View

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