For the past year, Mark T. Johnson has made a 1999 Dodge conversion van his full-time home. | Neil Steinberg/Sun-Times
Updated: January 28, 2014 6:26AM
What a heart-warming story of the compassion and understanding being given to a homeless man by the Glenview Police. As the story goes, this homeless man is living in his 1999 conversion van at the Metra train station. He does not bother anyone, and tries to live as autonomously as possible. He will not take money from anyone, and chooses not to move into a shelter. He views living in his van as a “camping” experience and seems to be positive about what life has to offer. I commend the Glenview Police for their deep compassion in allowing this poor man to live in his van at the train station while retaining some degree of pride.
It is apparent that the Glenview Police live up to the motto “to serve and protect.” It’s just unfortunate that all of the residents of Glenview couldn’t be like the police officers and offer the same compassion and understanding, so needed during times like this.
John F. Livaich, Oak Lawn
Professor lets NSA off easy
In regard to University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone’s opinion that Edward Snowden “is a criminal” and that the NSA is not “some kind of a rogue agency”:
I wish that Stone, who is on the National Advisory Council of the ACLU, would read his own organization’s press releases. The ACLU states that Edward Snowden “should be applauded, not prosecuted, for initiating this historic debate about surveillance and privacy.” It also observed that NSA surveillance “violates the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment, and the rights of free speech and association protected by the First Amendment.” These are obvious points — at least to those of us outside the Beltway (and the Midway).
From an insider perspective, there may well be elements of legality to NSA spying. The same could be said of East Germany’s Stasi intelligence apparatus. But for us mere laymen, it is hard to understand how the Bill of Rights justifies turning all of society into a fishbowl watched over by the unblinking eye of the state.
Technically speaking, the NSA may or may not be a rogue agency. But to my mind, only a rogue law professor would defend it, while attacking the public-spirited whistleblower who brought it to account.
Hugh Iglarsh, Skokie