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Don’t believe gambling promises

Updated: June 6, 2013 6:17AM

“And the gambling proceeds will go toward funding education.” How noble! Who can object to helping Illinois’ school children? But careful! We have been here before. Decades ago, to help pass the lottery in Illinois, we were promised that the proceeds would go to fund education. And what happened?

There was no significant net gain. Why? Because the additional revenue from gambling was offset by a reduction in allocations from the general revenue bucket.

J. Bourke,


Editorial overlooks sex abuse

A Sun-Times editorial on Thursday argued for why some people think the Plan B morning-after contraceptive pill should be available to anyone without age restriction. The writer states that sexual activity is relatively rare for 10 to 14-year-olds, and likely to be coerced for those younger, so those are probably the girls who need the morning-after pill the most. Reading this, the conclusion I reached is that if, God forbid, these young girls are coerced into sexual activity they should not inform their parents who can help them. They should keep it a secret between themselves and the perpetrator and purchase the contraceptives and pretend nothing happened. It’s clear that this would potentially prolong and increase this sexual abuse of a minor.

Mary Ann Fogarty,


Too many commercials

I have a question about television. It was supposed to be for entertainment, but now all we see are commercials over and over. Sometimes, the same ones two or three times in a few minutes.

I understand that companies need to make money and they do it in the way of advertising. But isn’t this overkill?

You are watching a show, and every few minutes here comes more commercials. What happened to the entertainment that was supposed to be on the television screen?

Now we also have to pay to watch television and have no choices.

L. Cericola, Round Lake Beach

A capitalist, more or less

Contrary to popular belief, President Obama does believe in capitalism. He proved it when he sold a Cabinet position to Penny Pritzker.

Larry Casey, Forest Glen

Marin wrong on church, nuns

Carol Marin, in her April 21 column, describes inaccurately the Vatican’s interest in the action of some American nuns.

The Roman Catholic Church is hierarchical, and its doctrines are binding on all members, laity and religious alike. Some nuns, however, have openly flouted its teaching authority, and sought to elevate their personal theological insights above its magisterium.

The work of nuns has been a huge blessing to Catholicism in America — millions of us look back with gratitude to the loving care they extended to us as children. Nuns who love the church and abide faithfully by its values have no need for concern about the Vatican. Perhaps Pope Francis is better positioned to deal with these matters than Carol Marin?

Tom Mahoney, Buffalo Grove

Pullman, Roseland show the way

In light of the recent controversy surrounding Walter Payton and Gwendolyn Brooks High Schools, now is an appropriate time to address the perception issues that Chicagoans may harbor about the Pullman and Roseland communities.

Located on the Far South Side, these two diverse neighborhoods are steeped in history and boast some of the finest examples of turn-of the-century architecture in Chicago. Tourists from around the world visit Pullman each year to view the country’s first planned model industrial town and to honor the unique role that railroads played in America’s industrial past. Pullman’s undisputed historic significance is reflected in the fact that it is a strong candidate for recognition as Chicago’s first national park. Furthermore, the American Planning Association in 2011 designated Pullman as one of the nation’s 10 great neighborhoods.

The Roseland neighborhood, also hit hard by foreclosures and the economic downturn, has experienced significant new investment in recent years, including award-winning affordable housing developments for families and seniors along Michigan Avenue and the refurbishment of local parks and baseball fields. Both the Pullman and Roseland neighborhoods participated in the planning and development of Pullman Park, a 180-acre mixed use development that is under construction and will serve the communities with fresh food and retail amenities. Unfortunately, most Chicagoans are unaware of the positive attributes of these neighborhoods because of the overwhelming press coverage about area shootings. Yes, Pullman and Roseland have experienced significant disinvestment following the closures of the local steel plants and still struggle to rise above this economic decline. But Pullman and Roseland will move past this decline because of community pride about the storied past and the expectation of a purposeful future. We invite you to look beyond recent events and head down to experience the progress for yourself.

David Doig, Pullman

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