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Ald. Roberto Maldonado

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Updated: June 9, 2013 6:22AM

Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) was pulled over for a minor traffic violation and used his trump card to get out of a ticket but it didn’t work [“Alderman accuses cop of racism after ticket,” Tuesday].

Now he’s screaming racism by the officer he didn’t intimidate. Maldonado was wrong for trying to intimidate the officers by telling them that he is an alderman and that he is calling their commander on them. Who does he think he is? Is he any better than any other citizen in Chicago?

If you want respect, then show police respect by not telling them who you are or who you’re going to call. Maldonado should be ashamed and apologize to the officers for the way he acted.

Richard Clemens, Bridgeport

Not above the law

Ald. Roberto Maldonado used the do-you-know-who-I-am defense to try to get out of a traffic ticket, then when that didn’t work with the white officer, he cried racism. Here’s a memo to you, alderman (and movie stars, pols, athletes, etc.): Welcome to the world of us commoners, where it is refreshing to see the law crash down on those who arrogantly think they are above it.

Pamela Lopez, Alsip

Bulls’ work ethic

Chicago’s work ethic from the Wells Street Bridge masterful installation over the Chicago River to Nate Robinson’s valiant performance in Game One with the Miami Heat certainly helps remove our “Hog Butcher” image — and replace it with a modern work ethic of precision and toughness; two Chicago stellar gritty ingredients.

Vincent Kamin, Loop

Cushy job not deserved

Every day officers put their lives on the line. This guy gets convicted of attempted obstruction of justice and beating up a citizen [“City to pay hemophiliac who was falsely accused, beaten by cop,” Tuesday]. He then gets a cushy job in records? Please!

Lillian Czajkoski, Berwyn

Don’t close Emmet School

In response to your editorial expressing your concern about the consolidation of Chopin and Lafayette elementary schools, I disagree with your assessment concerning the proposed closings of Robert Emmet (half the students, 240) and Francis Scott Key (all 307) schools and reassigning their students to Duke Ellington School. Emmet and Key are both providing their students with a quality holistic education. In almost every case, Emmet’s composite ISAT meet/exceed scores for the past three years are higher than other schools within South Austin, including KIPP and Catalyst.

Emmet test scores are not its only asset. Emmet is a partner with Fathers Who Care, which provides an after-school mentoring program. Key has performed at Level 2 for the past two years and is off probation. Key’s first year principal has brought in additional resources, grants, and programming to Key. Key has a core of volunteer parents providing safe passage for students before and after school because of gangs and crime.

Both Ellington and Oscar De Priest were under consideration to be phased into an International Baccalaureate magnet school because the Austin community has never had a magnet to serve the largest community in Chicago. It appears CPS wants to continue this disparate treatment.

With Ellington’s real capacity of 720, absorbing so many students into Ellington may lead to overcrowding and limit Ellington’s ability to use discretionary funds to provide for smaller classrooms, therefore negating its success.

Dwayne Truss,

Austin Community Action Council, vice-chairperson

Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education, board member

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