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Crack down on dangerous trucks

Updated: May 29, 2013 7:02AM

A month has passed since Trooper James Sauter was killed by a truck that was traveling in the far left lane. During the last month and the last several years all I see on the expressways are trucks driving in the left two lanes. Some tailgating and terrorizing drivers. How about cracking down on these maniacs before another tragedy occurs.

Roger J. O’Brien, Edgebrook

Washington was great leader

Thank you, David Orr, for those eloquent words about a lovely, intelligent, eloquent man, Harold Washington. Thanks for reminding us of the strong, passionate leader that Washington was. And putting a synopsis out there for the younger generation who have no idea of the excitement they missed in Chicago politics! And mostly for praising the man who was probably most prepared by education and experience to be mayor of our fair city. All hail Harold!

Northa J. Johnson, Loop

What kind of victory was that?

Wow. Putting aside most of Mona Charen’s dubious arguments about the current war on terror, I have to take issue with her claim of the “hard-won victory” in Iraq. So what was the victory? Showing the world that the U.S. is willing to invade a country that had not attacked it, posed no threat to U.S. interests (other than we want their oil) and was contained? Was it the over 4,000 soldiers who died, the over 31,000 wounded and the unknown number of Iraqi citizens killed, wounded or displaced for a war that was sold to the U.S. public based on false and misleading information? Was it the over $800 billion that was spent on the war, which is never mentioned by Republicans when they complain about the deficit? Is the victory a war that helped to give rise to a new generation of terrorist? If to Ms. Charen this war was a victory, I don’t know how many more such victories we can take.

Peter Felitti, Ravenswood

Undeserved honor for Bush

On this day I am ashamed to be an American. A president who committed torture and war crimes, who caused the deaths of thousands of innocent people, who caused the injuries and homelessness of millions is being honored with a presidential library. He should be honored with a war crimes trial. With one in four children living in poverty in America, the wealthy have millions for a library for a criminal.

Richard Kaziny, Evanston

Wise transit improvement

As the number of older individuals continues to grow in Chicago, so does their need for viable, safe and accessible alternatives to traditional bus service as well to automobiles for those drivers who, while deciding to give up their keys, want to maintain the freedom to go where they want to, when they want to.

We are pleased to see the CTA and City of Chicago announced plans for Bus Rapid Transit on Ashland Avenue. In other communities, BRT has proven to be a more efficient and more reliable transportation alternative. BRT features dedicated bus lanes, traffic signal prioritization and pre-board payment stations so buses move faster. Their efficiency and consistency meet AARP’s policy principle of complete streets — those designed and operated for safe, comfortable and convenient travel for all modes of transit: pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

AARP Illinois supports BRT in Chicago because it will provide alternatives that enhance mobility, promote independence, facilitate employment opportunity, foster social engagement and even shorten commutes, not only on Ashland Avenue, but around the city of Chicago.,

Bob Gallo, AARP Illinois state director

Kids need computer learning

On Wednesday, I spoke to students at the Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy about video analytics and how technology is changing the way police departments all over the world, including right here in Chicago, are not only solving crimes more quickly, but also helping reduce the crime rate. The students were fascinated to hear about another exciting career option available to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professionals. The future is suddenly looking a lot more opportunistic for the boys and girls now attending this six year school, where they will graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in technology — and be first in line for technology positions at IBM.

My experience as an IBM mentor in a school where the use of technology is fundamental stands in sharp contrast to a recent editorial about the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, which found that only half of CPS middle and high school students use computers at least once a week at school, and 20 to 30 percent use them rarely or not at all. This digital divide will impact the students for the rest of their lives, making them ineligible for 21st century jobs in the nation’s growth industries. Research today concludes that whether they go on to earn a bachelors degree or enter the job market with an associate’s degree, graduates of the Sarah E. Goode Academy will earn 11 percent higher wages compared with their same-degree counterparts in other jobs. I applaud Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s achievement in creating a new high school model that links Chicago’s educational system directly with jobs and more closely to the city’s economic future.

Craig Battleman, Lake View

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