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Gang activity endangers children

Commissioner William Beavers

Commissioner William Beavers

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Updated: April 15, 2013 11:18AM

Gang activity endangers children

Wednesday’s editorial was harsh, but true. Just like a certain Chicago alderman, I am opposed to gangs and violence, though I defend individuals when arrested and charged. But defending someone in court does not deprive me of expressing an opinion in support of the Sun-Times editorial. You have correctly asserted that an active gang member, or even a recent dropout from gangs, may place a child in danger and should be charged accordingly.

George Pfeifer, Evanston

Bias in the courts

Bias prevails in the Illinois court systems, on the federal and local levels. Wednesday’s paper reads “No black men in Beavers’ random jury pool.”

Strange, but true? No peers found for Beavers. Only one thing that is worse than packing a jury to favor the prosecution is writing a law to convict one man, i.e., Drew Peterson.

Edward S. Gilmore, Westmont

Demolishing a straw man

Robert Bryce has demolished a straw man — an argument no one has made — in his op-ed of March 12, attacking the president for using the phrase “tyranny of oil.”

First he wastes much ink with: “But the claim that a super-high-energy-density substance that can be deployed for myriad purposes . . . is somehow bad or even tyrannical is ludicrous.” As if anyone is describing the substance as tyrannical. Obviously the phrase refers to the stranglehold over the economy held by producers of oil, not the substance itself.

Then he goes on to a ludicrous example of imagining powering aircraft without oil. This would be a great argument if anyone was proposing doing that. But nobody is. Opposing the “tyranny of oil” means we want to reduce dependency on oil and oil companies by finding alternatives where practical, not to eliminate it all in one fell swoop.

Steven Cohen, Evanston

Spinning the news

I didn’t think even Steve Huntley could spin good news about the economy into an attack on the president [“No bounce for Obama voters,” Tuesday], but I underestimated him. What’s next? “Obama pill that cures cancer throws oncologists out of work?”

Thomas W. Evans, Mundelein

Who does she plan to shoot?

So now Sarah Palin is claiming the U.S. government is “stockpiling bullets” to use against American citizens. Aside from reinforcing her image as a right-wing wacko, her crazy comment raises a question for her and her trigger-happy buddies in the NRA to answer. Just who, exactly, are they planning on shooting with all the ammo they’ve been stockpiling for generations? They didn’t buy their automatic assault rifles to hunt deer, and I doubt that they’re intending to wait for an invasion by a foreign army. Who else, other than Americans, do these paranoid pistol-packers intend to shoot with their massive arsenals?

John Schauer, Evanston

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