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Students who don’t get into charter schools left holding the bag

Updated: January 26, 2014 6:19AM

I found it quite ironic that Monday’s Sun-Times ran a long story documenting state House Speaker Mike Madigan’s ties to powerful foreign businessmen who run a network of mediocre charter schools and — in the same Sun-Times — a letter was posted by Andrew Broy, head of the Ilinois Network of Charter Schools. Broy complained about the small number of charter schools in Illinois and even quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his quest to improve education. Your “Watchdogs” staff pointed out how charter schools network was happy to do Speaker Madigan’s bidding while overturning rulings that went against his mediocre charters. I love your “Watchdog” series!

Who suffers? Students in the neighborhood schools suffer because precious dollars are taken away from their schools; taxpayers suffer because Madigan tries to stuff the city with schools run by his friends; and the memory of Dr. King suffers because of the hypocrisy exhibited by Broy.

Jan Goldberg, Riverside

Chicago airport workers rude

At London’s Heathrow Airport, visitors are met by courteous greeters welcoming you to London. In Chicago, visitors are met by rude, screaming, power-drunk people who patrol the pick-up area for arrivals. Unless you load your visitors and their luggage with the speed of an Indianapolis racing team pit crew, you are subjected to over-the-top verbal abuse. As a Chicagoan, I’m accustomed to this treatment at the airport, but for my visitors it was a terrible first impression of the city we love.

Douglas Ekman, the Loop

‘Affluenza’ ruling is an outrage

Recently, a young man who killed four others while driving drunk was granted probation and rehab, funded by his wealthy father, after lawyers successfully argued that his parents hadn’t taught him properly. His rationale for escaping real punishment has been called “affluenza.”

If this individual can escape incarceration because of his upbringing, so should gang-bangers who commit violence, including murder. They obviously didn’t benefit from good parental influence. So should those caught speeding. Their parents didn’t teach them they should obey the rules. There should be no penalty for terrorism because their parents didn’t teach them to appreciate all cultures and religions.

This ruling sets a precedent for a truly scary new world. The worldview of the judge making this breathtaking ruling and his right to be on the bench are incredibly suspect.

Karen Wagner, Rolling Meadows

Unions in the crosshairs

Bruce Rauner’s endorsement for governor by the Cook County Republican Party is just another Chicago Democratic Machine maneuver to wrest influence from Gov. Pat Quinn and into the hands of the Rauner/Emanuel combine so that trade unions continue to be abolished. Rauner is a Democrat in Republican disguise, just as Emanuel is a Republican posing as a Democrat.

Mike Koskiewicz, Portage Park

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