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1980: (FILE PHOTO) Baroness Margaret Thatcher, 85, Britain's Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, Reports on April 8, 2013 state that Baroness Thatcher has died following a stroke.. British Conservative politician and first woman to hold the office of Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher speaks at the Tory Party Conference on in Brighton, East Sussex circa 1980. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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Updated: May 12, 2013 2:04PM

The unfortunate death of citizen diplomat Anne Smedinghoff is why we must get out of Afghanistan now, not in 2014. We are spending $28 million a day to help them? How far would that money go in Chicago for extra police, education or whatever?

Richard Coker, Belmont Terrace

Heal communities to end gun crimes

The headline on the Rev. Michael Pfleger’s letter to the editor Wednesday should have been “Enact responsible people” rather than “Enact responsible gun laws.” Pfleger seems to want to turn this into a racial issue, when in fact these crimes are black-on-black and brown-on-brown. There needs to be a focus on what is wrong in the communities where these crimes occur. We need more fathers stepping up and taking responsiblity for their children. More mothers need to parent their children instead of letting the streets do it for them. More community leaders need to take responsibility.

Richard Clemens, Bridgeport

Quit excusing bad teachers

Quoting Jesse Jackson’s Tuesday column: “When everyone cheats, you know something is wrong with the test.” What a flawed point of view. It is OK for a teacher to cheat and steal bonuses from honest teachers because “something is wrong with the test”? Could it be that the cheating teachers might be bad teachers? This mantra that bad actions are to be excused under the mantle of “victimhood” is old. And the children keep paying the price.

Lawrence Dudzik, Mokena

Thatcher deserves no praise

I am appalled by the the media praise of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died this week. This is a woman culpable in the murder of Irish nationalists. She considered Augusto Pinochet of Chile a friend, though he committed untold crimes against his own people. Can anyone forget the Irish hunger strikers she callously ignored when they demanded to be treated as prisoners of war? Bobby Sands and thousands of other victims of her vindictiveness can rest in peace.

Michael Quirk, Evergreen Park

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