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Belief in God is a gift

This photaken March 2 2013 shows Internal Revenue Service building Federal Triangle complex WashingtSaturday March 2 2013. According projections by

This photo taken March 2, 2013, shows the Internal Revenue Service building at the Federal Triangle complex in Washington, Saturday, March 2, 2013. According to projections by the Tax Policy Center, a research organization based in Washington, wealthy families are paying some of their biggest federal tax bills in decades, even as the rest of the population continues to pay at historically low rates. And a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office shows that average tax bills for high-income families have rarely been higher since the Congressional Budget Office began tracking the data in 1979, while middle- and low-income families aren't paying as much as they used to. (AP Photo/ roomManuel Balce Ceneta) ORG XMIT: WX601

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Updated: April 6, 2013 6:17AM

I loved Roger Ebert’s column about being Roman Catholic. I was eating it up, reviving old memories, and then he wrote that he didn’t believe in God. What a blow. I read it three times. I couldn’t believe that was the natural conclusion to the beginning of Roger’s article. Wow! Faith is a gift and I hope he gets it back, as it’s the only thing that makes sense in this life.

Janet Jacobs, Glenview

Don’t believe police chief’s hype

It is not true that the weather drives down murder rates. Don’t let the mayor’s office and the Chicago Police Department fool us as to how good a job they’re doing.

Frank Heffernan, Andersonville

Another blow to the IRS

The latest analysis suggests that over $300 billion in federal taxes go unpaid. Over 80 percent of this is due to the unreporting of income. The shortfall is passed on to those who do pay their fair share of taxes. Yet, the IRS is hopelessly understaffed, its employees compelled to work unpaid overtime. The public remains blissfully unaware.

It makes no economic sense to send IRS employees home without pay for a week or more, as the controversial sequester might do.

Charlie Turek

President, Chapter 10,

National Treasury Employees Union

Republican hypocrisy

Republicans profess to support people’s freedom to do what they want without government intrusion, except if it’s something Republicans don’t like. Then that principle of personal freedom goes out the door. Witness their seething, rabid terror about gay marriage. Anybody’s private life has absolutely no effect on theirs, and according to Republicans’ own “hands off” philosophy, is none of their business. Yet these obvious truths are lost on these prejudiced hypocrites.

Robert Neufeld,


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