Updated: September 8, 2013 6:19AM
It’s been 68 years this month since the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It’s been decades since the Cold War ended, but we’re still living in the shadow of nuclear weapons. I call on Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk to support the administration’s common-sense plan to reduce the nuclear arsenal. A massive nuclear arsenal does little to enhance our security. Here at home, our families and communities are hurting from deep cuts to critical programs. Nuclear weapons don’t help with the kind of security we need, mainly the security that comes from having food on our tables and safe neighborhoods for our children. As we remember the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki this month, we must also act to make sure it never happens again.
Mary Dean, Sheridan Park
Metra workers: the unsung heroes
I would like to commend Metra’s workers who truly keep the trains running in spite of the scandalous conduct of their superiors and the board. Why such a board is needed is beyond me if all they do is rig deals among themselves, and with little oversight they have run amok these past years. Many take their marching orders from Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, while those working the trains from dawn until dusk are the true heroes of Metra. My hat’s off to them for enduring such board malfeasance. When will honest men and women be able to serve the public’s interest without the gaming of political schemes? How much control does Madigan wield beyond just his senseless pounding of the gavel when the fix is already in? How can we call ourselves a democracy when the electorate is under the control of one man?
Vincent Kamin, Streeterville