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Vanecko took cowardly way out

Updated: November 2, 2013 6:11AM

Carol Marin on Sunday was quick to say that Richard J. Vanecko is not the villain in the case of the alleged involuntary manslaughter of David Koschman.

Instead, Marin blames a system that allowed this case to filter through the cracks with little or no investigation.

Golf is the only sport where players who break the rules will call a penalty on themselves — ethics in play at its finest. Vanecko knew what he had done. He ran from the scene and undoubtedly relied on political clout to keep him from being charged. He could have called a penalty on himself and faced the music.

John F. Livaich,

Oak Lawn

No doubting climate change

Thank you for Monday’s strong editorial emphasizing the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is more certain than ever that humans are causing disastrous climate change.

And thanks for pointing out that the denier noise machine already is trying to discredit the report by blowing smoke — the only thing they have going for them.

Climate change is the biggest threat humanity faces. We need to do everything we can to cut fossil fuel emissions, the overwhelming cause of climate change.

One big measure we should take is a revenue-neutral carbon tax — tax the burning of carbon, and give the tax money back to citizens on a per-capital basis. Those who burn less carbon end up with extra cash. Those who reduce their carbon use end up richer as well as healthier. This is a market-based idea that even Republicans should love. It would lead to fewer fossil-fuel energy plants, more electric cars and bike-riding, more people insulating their homes to cut natural gas use in heating, and much more. It wouldn’t solve the problem, but it would be a big step.

Doug Burke, Oak Park

Gun enthusiasts run amok

Don’t our state legislators realize that a “stand your ground” law, along with legalized concealed carry of guns and the NRA mantra “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” are, taken together, a recipe for vigilantism?

Bob Barth, Edgewater

Protect Wrigley Field

I recently made my first visit to Chicago, at age 55, after living within a few hours drive of the city most of my life. I found it spellbinding, even while sitting in traffic for a couple of hours on my way to see the Cubs play my beloved Cardinals at Wrigley Field. When viewed through the eyes of someone who is seeing it for the first time, Chicago is an amazingly picturesque city. The preservation of the historic parts of the city lends a vision to what St. Louis could do if forces pulled together a bit more. Of course, Lake Michigan is an amazing treasure without compare, impossible to duplicate.

My real purpose for this letter, however, is an aging landmark that I hear is getting ready to undergo a $500 million overhaul. This gives me pause. Of course, I am speaking of Wrigley Field, which is hallowed ground to a true baseball fan.

My recent trip there, capped off with singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th-inning stretch, was close to a religious experience. Being able to wander around the park and its old rafters and walking down to the bullpen area, which afforded the opportunity to almost reach out and touch the ballplayers, recalled ballparks of our youth.

I felt more at home at Wrigley Field than I have in any ballpark to which I have ever been. That is quite a statement coming from someone who is born a Cards fan. I have always stated that I do not feel that Cardinal fans are the greatest on earth, but Cubs fans should possess that title. Real fans are those who can stick with a team through very little thick and lots of thin; who can take the heat of a million jokes good naturedly; and whose love of their team knows no bounds, high or low. I love my Cardinals, but we have become a corporate team attracting corporate fans. Our new stadium is of a beautiful retro design, but it is no substitute for the ambience of Wrigley Field.

So I beg you, please do not change this stadium into a sterile, mini-mall, food court for baseball “bandwagoners.” Preserve the old as much as possible. Don’t make the mistake of almost every other ballpark in America. Honor your fans by keeping the traditions they have built. Stand apart from all the others. There are many ways to be a winner, and some don’t have anything to do with numbers or trophies. Here’s to Wrigley Field and the loyal fans who have kept it alive all of these years!

Kim Gibson, Park Hills, MO

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