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A classy gesture on behalf of Chicago

Chicago Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz left talks with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during rally Grant Park  honor NHL Stanley

Chicago Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz, left, talks with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during rally in Grant Park to honor the NHL Stanley Cup hockey champions Friday, June 28, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Updated: August 2, 2013 6:34AM



As a Chicagoan and diehard Hawks fan, I would like to thank Rocky Wirtz for taking out an ad in the Boston Globe letting all of Boston know what a classy town and organization that Boston and its team truly are.

Letting the Bostonians know that they were excellent to the visiting Chicago fans during the Stanley Cup and telling the Bruins that they played a hard-fought but fair series is an awesome gesture for sure. This act of kindness will always be remembered by Hawks and Bruins fans. Thank you for showing everyone what true sportsmanship is.

Steve Medel,Tinley Park

Madigan’s family ties

It’s funny how the only two people who think that it’s no big deal that Lisa Madigan could potentially become governor while her father still runs the show in Springfield are, surprise, Lisa and Michael Madigan. Makes me feel better already. If Illinois voters don’t wake up and smell the coffee on this one, they might as well roll over and hit the snooze button, because there won’t be anything to get out of bed for anymore.

Scott Sinclair, Gurnee

Put the word to rest

I totally agree that until we get our own people to stop calling each other, or using the n-word in any type of entertainment, you can’t hate if others use the word.

Sure, we can say it’s not meant the same when a black person says it to another black person, which is probably true. It’s not said with the intent to degrade a person, but still the n-word is just what it is and will always be, degrading in any usage.

I can remember hearing the word used openly in Birmingham, Ala., during my summer vacation stays with my grandmother and grandfather. I just would like the young black youth to know and understand how long the transition period was from being called the n-word, to Negroes, and now African Americans or blacks. They have no clue!

That’s still no excuse for Ms. Paula Deen. Professionals must act accordingly in the public eye.

William Curtis Arrington, Gage Park



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