We were promised our state pensions
Letters to the Editor March 20, 2013 5:16PM
Ald. Tom Tunney
Updated: April 22, 2013 12:03PM
Your Tuesday editorial says the Biss bill is the best chance of solving the state’s unfunded pension problem. It is a shame you ignore a bill that is actually fair to the workers and retirees who have always paid their share while the state legislature has ignored its responsibilities. I am referring to SB 2404, a financially sound and fair way of getting the pension system back on a sound footing.
Maybe I don’t live in the real world you refer to in your editorial, but in my world promises are not made to be ignored and broken, even by governments, and we were promised our pensions.
Steve Spitzer, Rogers Park
Coffee wars brewing in Chicago
Who would’ve thought Chicago’s two coffee powerhouses, Metropolis and Intelligentsia, would become involved in a brewhaha?
Jo Peer-Haas, North Park
Humans make cats look kind
It’s unfortunate that feral cats and pet felines kill so many birds. Cats are natural predators and the best way to handle the problem is to spay and neuter them. That said, cats killing birds is a minor problem in contrast to humans hunting and poaching. At this very moment, humans are massacring elephants, rhinos, tigers, apes, bears, wolves, foxes, sharks, parrots, lions, coyotes, farm animals, dogs, cats, children, women and men. We are not natural predators. We choose to be the most murderous species on the planet.
Brien Comerford, Glenview
No pity for Wrigley rooftop clubs
The Cubs have to be the only team in MLB that is held hostage by its neighborhood. Ald. Tom Tunney’s idea is to take away one of the most unique features — the old scoreboard — of arguably the most beautiful park in baseball so that those who get him elected — the rooftop club owners — are happy. Why in the world are the Ricketts family and the mayor trying to work with these freeloaders? Put up whatever signs the Cubs want! If it blocks the rooftop views, too bad. It’s time to stop worrying about the rooftops and start worrying about the product on the field.
Scott Creed, Mount Greenwood
Stop gun violence
Five hundred people attended the United Power for Action and Justice action on Sunday. It was a moving experience for all attending as we took aim at our target: Helping to curb gun violence.
Attendees included Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, state Sen. Dan Kotowski, state Rep. LaShawn Ford, state Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Oak Park Village President David Pope. They all spoke eloquently and passionately about the gun violence in our culture and how we have to fight it.
The United Power’s anti-violence slogan is “Do not stand idly by” as your neighbor’s blood in shed. United Power urged citizens to email or call elected politicians. Let them know what you want: personalized safety codes on all guns, universal background safety checks, all guns must be registered, no automatic rifles, maximum ammo clips, all guns must be carry insurance. It is a deadly weapon just like a vehicle, right? Why not force all gun-owners to carry gun insurance along with gun registration? Don’t let the NRA take the lives of our children. Do not stand idly by. Let your voice and your vote count.
Jacqueline Combs Nelson, Park Ridge
Transparent Chicago politicians
The great thing about Chicago politicians is how transparent they are. We don’t need to seek out corruption in this town by “following the money.” The money takes the Red Line to Addison, walks a block north to the corner of Waveland and Sheffield, and then punches us in the nose.
That Ald. Tom Tunney would even dare to suggest that the Chicago Cubs demolish the beloved and iconic hand-operated scoreboard — an aspect of Wrigley that the City Council landmarked, for the love of Ernie Banks! — just demonstrates how beholden he is to his reliable campaign contributors, the saloon-keeper parasites of the rooftop “clubs” across from Wrigley Field. The Chicago Cubs are a private business, operating without state subsidy (unlike the other baseball team crosstown) and should be allowed to do as they see fit with their physical plant, including revenue-generating signage that might block the view of some of the crybaby rooftop owners.
Bill Savage, Rogers Park