Updated: November 14, 2013 6:24AM
Since the night of April 25, 2004, no person has been protected more than Richard Vanecko. My hope is that Judge Toomin will consider the request by the Sun-Times and WMAQ-Ch. 5 and immediately release the final results of Mr. Webb’s grand jury investigation. When Judge Toomin assigned Dan Webb as a special prosecutor, Mr. Webb stated he would go where the evidence took him. The evidence is in, but to me, the great protected one is still being protected. At what point does David Koschman and his grieving mother receive at least a semblance of justice after all these years. The release of the Webb investigation by Judge Toomin would finally bring a sense of peace to a grieving mother and a city that demands to finally know once and for all what can happen in their city where clout stinks up everything in its path. Two investigations by the police and the state’s attorney’s office, a special grand jury investigation and nine years later we are still worried about protecting if not a single individual then a system that desperately needs to be fixed as soon as possible. What in God’s name are we waiting for?
Bob Angone, retired
Chicago lieutenant, South Loop.
The members of Congress were elected by the people. Based on our Constitution, we have a fundamental right to representation by the people we elected.
It doesn’t matter who started it or how long it’s been going on, the practice of not allowing legislation to be voted on by the full House is a blatant disregard of our basic constitutional rights to representation. Why has this matter not been brought before or addressed by the Supreme Court? They are suppose to be the defenders of our Constitution?
Barbara Marion, Palos Hills
Compassion for homeless
We routinely encounter on our streets men (and a few women) who insist on identifying themselves as homeless and hungry.
I personally am willing to be taxed more to pay for whatever may be needed to maintain public facilities that can routinely relieve such disturbing needs, even when it is known that some claims on us may be morally questionable.
Those who unjustly impose upon us suffer thereby simply by being the kind of people they are (no matter what they may believe they are getting away with), but let the rest of us be the kind of generous citizens we should be (which may include having to risk being unfairly exploited at times by the seemingly unfortunate among us).
George Anastaplo, professor of law, Loyola University
Having failed to stop the rollout of the Affordable Health Care by shutting down the government, the GOP has moved on to demanding that the Democrats negotiate cuts in “entitlements” — i.e. Social Security and Medicare. That should be a walk in the park. “Vouchers” anyone?
Thomas W. Evans, Mundelein
No more amnesty for illegal immigrants
It is very disappointing to see this paper support what would be the eighth amnesty for illegal aliens since 1986, which is when President Reagan signed what Sen. Ted Kennedy called a “one-time-only” amnesty for nearly 3 million people. Why is it that in all the clamor for “reforming” our immigration laws that were created to protect American jobs, is it never explained how giving work permits to nearly 12 million illegal aliens and doubling legal immigration to 2 million people every year would affect the 20 million Americans who can’t find full-time work? Aren’t our citizens also entitled to search for a better life?
Both political parties have declared economic war against the very people whose votes they seek during election years — because and for what? Because the greedy business community wants a guaranteed supply of cheap labor and members of Congress see more value in Hispanic votes than they do in putting Americans back to work.
Dave Gorak Executive director Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration
Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration