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Picasso inspiration is clear

Updated: April 11, 2013 6:41AM



The Chicago Picasso sculpture is a sphinx. Picasso had never been to Chicago but he knew at that time State and Madison was the busiest intersection in the world in the city that was the crossroads of the Atomic Age. In its heyday, Egypt was the crossroad of the world and its symbol the sphinx.

Jimmie McRaith, Evanston

Shovel the side roads yourself

Why were all these people complaining in Chicago about the side streets not getting the snow removed? What happened to the people living on the block? When I was first married I lived in Chicago, everybody eligible on the block got out to shovel their sidewalk and then the street. When we were done we would get together to shovel homes of those who weren’t able to shovel themselves. And, I might add we had no snow blowers — it was strictly shovels.

It was a good community project and we had fun with our neighbors. The people who couldn’t shovel often made hot chocolate for all. People today can’t seem to get away from television, computers, hand-held games to do any kind of exercise. Also they don’t realize how much lower the taxes would be if the city didn’t plow the side streets and let the people do it themselves. It would also solve the obesity problem and you would get to know your neighbors.

Phyllis C. Rack,

Hoffman Estates

Put blame on parents

We have vilified and fired teachers, closed many public schools only to replace them with money-making charter schools that are funded with public funds where the children are not progressing any better, provided current instructional materials and supplies, hired carpet-baggers who were in need of employment usually paying them huge salaries to run the schools, and still the children are not achieving.

It is now time to put the blame where it really belongs, a place that politicians do not want to address. How many parents support the schools and teachers, check to ensure that homework is completed, attend conferences, talk to their children about proper school behavior and ensure that necessary supplies are purchased?

Parents, YOU are responsible for your children not progressing!

Lillian Holmes,

South Holland

Low hopes for Cubs

I am almost certain that the Cubs won’t lose more than a hundred games this year.

Joseph Stachowski, Lincoln Park

Don’t allow fracking

I want to register my response to Rich Miller’s column in Friday’s Chicago Sun Times, “Fracking Could Be Illinois Savior.” Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing. Fracking is an extremely water-intensive process where millions of gallons of fluid — typically a mix of water, sand, and chemicals, including ones known to cause cancer — are injected underground at high pressure to fracture the rock surrounding an oil or gas well. This fracking releases extra oil and/or gas from the rock, so it can flow into the well.

But the process of fracking introduces additional industrial activity into communities beyond the well. Clearing land to build new access roads and new well sites, drilling and encasing the well, fracking the well and generating the waste, trucking in heavy equipment and materials and trucking out the vast amounts of toxic waste — all of these steps contribute to air and water pollution risks and devaluation of land that is turning our communities into sacrifice zones. Fracking threatens the air we breathe, the water we drink, the communities we love and the climate on which we all depend. That’s why over 250 communities in the U.S. have passed resolutions to stop fracking, and why Vermont, France and Bulgaria have stopped it.

I have concluded that fracking is inherently unsafe and we cannot rely on regulation to protect communities’ water, air and public health. The industry enjoys exemptions from key federal legislation protecting our air and water, thanks to aggressive lobbying and cozy relationships with our federal decisionmakers (the exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act is often referred to as the Cheney or Halliburton Loophole, because it was negotiated by then-Vice President Dick Cheney with Congress in 2005.) Plus, the industry is aggressively clamping down on local and state efforts to regulate fracking by buying influence and even bringing lawsuits to stop them from being implemented. That’s why fracking can’t be made safer through government oversight or regulations. An al-out ban on fracking is the only way to protect our communities/

Rev. Mitchell L. Johnson, J.D.

Asst. Pastor/Director of Community Affairs

Joy Fellowship Baptist Church,

Lansing



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