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Two thumbs up for Ebert

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FILE--- Before he skippered the ill-fated PT-109, John F. Kennedy had smoother sailing with a boat that soon will be headed to the auction block. The 22-foot sailboat Kennedy used to win an Atlantic Coast Race in 1936 most recently belonged to Don Ehler, a Monticello, Fla., who died two months ago. Kennedy is shown in this undated file photo. (AP Photo/File)

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Updated: May 6, 2013 6:24AM

I am sure Roger Ebert will be going toe-to-toe with St. Paul shortly now that his days on earth have passed. Not only was he one of the most intelligent people I ever met but one of the nicest. He and Gene Siskel helped put Chicago on the cinematic map. As their paths cross inside those pearly gates, I hope he is given an immediate “thumbs up” and led down the red carpet to a seat in the balcony.

Vincent Kamin,

River North

City stickers just another tax

What’s all the hoopla about the Chicago city sticker contest being scrapped? Everybody knows this is just another tax. Nobody likes them but everybody knows you need to buy one. And what’s with City Clerk Susana Mendoza calling us “clients.” We ain’t your “clients,” we are the taxpayers!

Mark Weyermuller,


Profiles in cowardice

It appears that efforts to curb gun violence since the Newtown massacre brought out the best and worst in the members of Congress.

John F. Kennedy’s best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning 1956 book, “Profiles in Courage,” is an inspiring account of eight senators of both parties — John Quincy Adams to Robert A. Taft — who had the courage to do what was right instead of what was politically expedient. Apparently, many members of Congress have substituted cowardice for courage.

Many congressional Republicans and a few Democrats today appear to be examples of Profiles in Cowardice with regard to curbing gun violence by threatening to filibuster and not even permitting a vote on legislation designed to save the lives of American children and adults in order to receive financial support from the NRA and gun manufacturers.

The name of every member of Congress with the amounts they have received from the NRA and gun manufacturers should be highlighted in every news publication along with a reference to “Profiles in Courage.”

Edward L. Koven,

Highland Park

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