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After Newtown, I thought we’d wise up

Donald Trump Leaves Dirksen Federal Building Wednesday afternoafter testifying trial involving sale condos Trump Tower. Wednesday May 15 2013 |

Donald Trump Leaves the Dirksen Federal Building Wednesday afternoon after testifying in a trial involving the sale of condos at Trump Tower. Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

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Updated: June 27, 2013 6:41AM

It is apparent that neither the Congress in Washington nor the legislative body in Springfield care about the safety and future of our children. The failure of Congress to pass something as simple as background checks and the continued compromising of bills being floated around in Springfield are insulting! And it shows how indebted elected officials are to the NRA. I am tired of hearing, “Well this is the best bill we can get right now!” Tell that to the mother, father, sister and brother of the last child killed, or to the next one who will be killed.

I thought that after Newtown, just maybe there would be a serious commitment to do something, but I guess too many feel that what has become the norm in black and brown communities was a freak exception in the white community. Does it have to become the norm in the families of elected officials for them to find the courage to do the right thing?

Rev. Michael L. Pfleger,

Faith Community of Saint Sabina,


Trump, who’s really ‘horrible’?

I find it ironic that Donald Trump, the man who tried on more than one occasion to publicly humiliate the president of the United States by casting aspersions on his character, would say that someone — the elderly woman who sued in him Chicago — is “a horrible human being.” I’d be willing to bet he was looking in a mirror at the time.

Daniel Pupo, Bellwood

Kids need to know their BMI

A few local schools have started doing body mass index (BMI) screenings in children and, unfortunately, many parents have begun speaking out against the practice. BMI testing is a preventive measure. By helping children understand how weight, exercise and food choices affect their health early in life, schools are empowering them with the tools to live a healthy life into adulthood. Preventive measures that drive awareness and education have much greater success than measures, such as sin taxes, that punish people for their choices. It is this awareness and education we need.

Colleen Hylan d, Lake View

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