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Put Americans to work first

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Updated: November 9, 2013 6:13AM

It seems Jorge Ramirez of the Chicago Federation of Labor, along with immigration-rights organizations, want everybody living in the United States illegally to get a free ride. More than 90 million people are out of work and almost 50 million get some sort of aid — and the immigration-rights people want amnesty. For what? So more Americans lose jobs? There is no job in America that at one time or another an American did not hold. To say that these are jobs “Americans don’t want” — that’s baloney.

Let’s put Americans to work before we even think about amnesty.

Donald J. Lazo, Gage Park

If cameras work, keep them

Chicago is removing 18 red-light cameras from intersections where they reportedly were effective in reducing the number of accidents. Isn’t that why they were put there in the first place? Do we expect the same results after they’re removed?

Maybe the cameras just weren’t producing enough revenue for the city and the company that provides and maintains them. So the debate continues. When they are installed, is it for safety reasons or revenue generation? If it was for safety concerns alone, maybe they should be left where they have proven to be effective.

Tom Franzak, Hoffman Estates

Democrats should not cave in

As the federal government shutdown continues, the White House and Democrats must continue to stand strong against the Republicans’ efforts to tie the shutdown and debt ceiling to the continuing resolutions to fund government. Serious discussions regarding the budget are needed and everything (including entitlement programs, the Affordable Care Act and defense spending) should be on the table and open to change. We need a long-range plan to address our budget deficits. But you do not address this by shutting down the government because you don’t like a law that has been passed. The Republican temper tantrum is not the way to run a government; we can’t give in to such tactics.

Peter Felitti, Albany Park

Easy fix to Burke problem

The fact that Ald. Ed Burke’s law firm costs the City of Chicago (and other government bodies) millions of dollars in property tax revenues is one of the easier-to-solve financial problems our city faces. All it would take is one simple law, parallel to the residency requirement that prevents city employees from living anywhere but within Chicago’s city limits.

To avoid even the appearance of any conflict of interest, no alderman, or holder of an appointed job in city government, can represent any client, or lobby for any individual or business, in any case involving the city, county, state, or federal government.

I have no doubt that the wise and thoughtful legislators we send to City Hall would see the wisdom of this proposed law. Seriously. Stop laughing! This could work!

Bill Savage, Rogers Park

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