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Helping the homeless

The National Rifle Associatiexecutive vice president Wayne LaPierre gestures during news conference response Connecticut school shooting Friday Dec. 21 2012

The National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, gestures during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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Updated: May 4, 2013 6:27AM

Forty-sixth Ward Ald. James Cappleman’s letter in Tuesday’s paper distorts Mark Brown’s columns on the problems of the homeless. At no time did Brown state the “best way” to “help the homeless is simply leave them alone.” All of his recent columns discuss needed services, such as dependable housing, access to meals and other services. The alderman lists many necessary, laudable programs and plans, but avoids the problem that Brown brought up at the beginning of his series: eliminating housing such as the Wilson Club before other housing is in place.

Louis Diamond, LCSW, Irving Park

Drop in city murders

Chicago’s top cop is hitting the airwaves to tell anyone who will listen that there has been a drastic drop in shootings and murders compared with this time last year. If you remember, last March was unusually warm. This year, March was unusually cold. Could that be what’s made the difference?

Dave Wooding, Washington Heights

Teachers vs. bankers

Atlanta teachers are being prosecuted for lying and cheating on student testing. They face fines, loss of jobs and prison time. Wall Street bankers who lied, cheated and brought down the U.S. economy are still plying their trade. They have not even been investigated. Welcome to justice in “corporations are people, my friend” America.

Karen Wagner, Rolling Meadows

School safety and the NRA

A school protection plan from the NRA. Really. Who’s running the asylum?

Chuck Tinman, Manhattan, Ill.

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