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Orozco deal outrageous; restore money taken from firefighters’ pension

8-20-08  Department Senior Services. 2102 W. Ogden Avenue. Chicago Illinois. Mayor Daley holds Public Hearing 2009 City Chicago Proposed

8-20-08 Department of Senior Services. 2102 W. Ogden Avenue. Chicago, Illinois. Mayor Daley holds Public Hearing on the 2009 City of Chicago Proposed Budget. Raymond Orozco, Director of (OEMC) Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Photo by Scott Stewart/Sun-Times

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Updated: July 12, 2013 6:17AM

To even think of making up a position of executive director of the Officer of Emergency Management/fire commissioner, as the City of Chicago did for Ray Orozco Jr. — when he clearly was not the fire commissioner at the time — is a fact that requires an investigation by others than the firefighters’ pension board. Who allowed this? Why are these people allowed to break the law? How could the pension board allow this to happen when firefighters, widows and orphans are just barely making it on their minimal monthly pensions? In addition, the pension fund is already in such bad financial shape.

My mother, prior to her death, was a Chicago fireman’s widow who received only $900 a month. The pension board should make Orozco pay back the dollars he stole from the retirees, widows and orphans.

I applaud the BGA investigator and the Chicago Sun-Times for exposing this. Now it is time for all active and retired firemen and paramedics, widows and their orphans to call the pension board and demand this matter be investigated and sent to the Illinois attorney general and City of Chicago inspector general’s office. In addition, the pension board should freeze Orozco’s pension until all the money is returned and his correct pension is calculated.

Don Walsh, retired Chicago firefighter

Snowden did us a service

Edward Snowden broke the law in revealing the government’s vast data collection from phone services and Internet providers, but he has done great service to our republic. The information he leaked should have been made public before it was gathered so we as a nation could debate how much privacy we are willing to give up in the interest of national security. Top secret briefings to the Congress aren’t sufficient for an issue of this magnitude.

Roger Flaherty, Edgewater

God’s marriage is 1 man, 1 woman

I commend the African-American Coalition of Clergy for taking the stand that marriage under God is between one man and one woman. This is not about civil rights; it is a fight against what God has established. Yes, gays and lesbians have the civil right to love whom they will. They have the right to even create and establish their own religion based on their own beliefs, but America should strive to stand on the one God who created heaven and earth and everything that dwells therein.

Whether same sex marriage laws should be passed in Illinois is not the question. In what god do we trust seems to be the real question.

Stephanie Randle, Hazel Crest

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