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Ebert was not enemy of church

Updated: May 15, 2013 6:43AM

In his recent letter to the editor, Christopher Dluhy wonders how the Chicago Archdiocese could let Roger Ebert’s funeral take place in Holy Name Cathedral, Mr. Dluhy at one point writing, “It’s no wonder the church is in such turmoil, considering how it coddles its enemies and treats its faithful.”

I like to think of myself as one of the “faithful” and did not think of Mr. Ebert as an enemy of the church. Mr. Ebert, in speaking about his faith, wrote shortly before he died the following statement: “Through a mental process that has by now become almost instinctive, those nuns guided me into supporting Universal Health Care, the rightness of labor unions, fair taxation, prudence in warfare, kindness in peacetime, help for the hungry and homeless, and equal opportunity for the races and genders. It continues to surprise me that many who consider themselves religious seem to tilt away from me.” Eloquent as always, Mr. Ebert summed up the answer to Mr. Dluhy’s question.

Thomas More Leinenweber, Evanston

Emanuel shows true colors

Voters will lose all respect and trust in Mayor Rahm Emanuel now that he is showing his true colors. His tongue-in-cheek statement that Chicago’s inspector general is a “key” partner in ferreting out waste, fraud and abuse . . . as long as it does not include City Hall where all the “waste, fraud, corruption and abuse” lies, is a complete joke — on the taxpayer who is the one who foots the bill for all the corruption at City Hall. The only one Emanuel is fooling is himself because the voter now knows where he’s coming from.

Ann M. Gutierrez, Bridgeport

No priority for rooftops

I am not a baseball historian so some comments may be “off the mark,” but I expect they’re close to accurate. One of your columnists recently took rooftop owners’ side saying 100 years ago, “rooftops” were there first. While that may be true, they did not turn viewing into a business. As recently as the ’60s, it was a couple of guys with cinder blocks and a two-by-four.

When it’s basically a skybox, you change the agreement. I love Wrigley because of the stadium, not where it is, so I’ll go if you move it. If the agreement is rooftops must have view of the stadium, leave the stadium there. Build a new one and take the team with it.

They can have the stadium, there just won’t be any baseball.

David Zorich,


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