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Narrowing streets not a great idea

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Updated: January 25, 2014 6:17AM



Bicyclist safety is important, but narrowing a street also used by automobiles is questionable. It’s a safety issue for everbody. Better to widen the streets before installing a protective barrier to keep bike riders safe. It may cost more to do, but it would be well worth it.

Ronald Stubbs, Rosemoor

No place for vigilante justice

As an Ahmadi Muslim, I condemn the bus bombing near Tel Aviv this Sunday. Islam categorically rejects violence and the taking of innocent lives. The Quran states, “if any one killed an innocent person . . . it would be as if he killed all of mankind.”

Furthermore, there is no place for vigilante justice in Islam. It is stated in the Quran, “Those who give in times of both ease and hardship, those who control their rage and pardon other people, God loves the good-doers.” Violence accomplishes nothing but rather creates an atmosphere of distain and distrust among people.

Dialogue is preferred over revenge and violence. I pray that all those involved choose dialogue to accomplish their goals.

Saif Ahmad

Member of Muslim Writers Guild of America,

Plainfield

Healthcare.gov isn’t working

Where is the movie character Howard Beale when we need him? Because “I am mad as hell, and I am not going to take this any more!”

I have spent hours trying to sign up at Healthcare.gov and it does not work.

On Friday, after entering my name, DOB and SS number, the site said it was unable to verify my identity. I called the help line number and after over an hour gave up. Does anyone know what the wait times are?

Then all weekend the message was “This acct is locked or disabled. For help call the Marketplace Call Center.” Again, after hour-long waits on the phone, no answer.

I give up on my health insurance and am going shopping for Christmas. I predict that there will be more uninsured in 2014 that in 2013 because of the Affordable Care Act.

Gary R. Lawson, Lincoln Park



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