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Edward Snowden

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Updated: July 18, 2013 6:12AM

Instead of Mayor Emanuel looking to raise taxes, he should ask City Clerk Susana Mendoza to look at the way some owners of commercial vehicles are not paying their fair share for city stickers. There are many vans and pickups in my neighborhood that are clearly commercial vehicles with passenger plates on them. I have a small pickup with truck plates on it because it’s a truck. I have a car with passenger plate on it because I haul passengers in it. The city sticker for my car costs $85, and the city sticker for my truck costs $200. The city is missing out on $115 from each of these commercial trucks with passenger plates, and I’m sure there are thousands more. If a truck has a company name painted on the side of it, or has business equipment on it or in it these trucks should have truck plates and city stickers, not passenger or RV plates.

Wally Koska, Dunning

NSA violates our rights

After reading your article titled “NSA contract worker is surveillance source,” as a Verizon customer, I am outraged at the thought that my personal phone records are being released. I cannot help but wonder how a country that prides itself on freedom can allow such a violation of our rights. What makes this even worse is the fact that this has been occurring without public knowledge for years. What is it that we as citizens can do about this?

First, I believe that this invasion of privacy does not protect U.S. citizens from terrorism. Regular citizens, like me, feel this is an invasion of privacy when I and my fellow Americans are guilty of nothing but trying to raise our families. Where does it end?

The second reason this invasion of privacy must stop is there are no limitations on how far people can go as far as invading people’s privacy. I must applaud people such as whistleblower Edward Snowden for not standing idly by while this injustice continued. Snowden states in his interview with the Guardian “my sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.” If more people came forward with crimes such as these, the public would have no choice but to act upon this misconduct.

Daniel Rodriguez, Gage Park

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