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Stop blaming package delivery for ruining Christmas

CHICAGO IL - DECEMBER 26:  A FedEx Ground worker delivers packages December 26 2013 Chicago Illinois. Bad weather higher

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 26: A FedEx Ground worker delivers packages on December 26, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Bad weather and a higher than expected demand from online sales caused FedEx and UPS to miss many Christmas delivery deadlines. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Updated: January 31, 2014 6:12AM

Man, people are stupid these days. Instead of using the problem of UPS delivery delays as a teaching moment, they moan and groan about how their Christmas was ruined. Why can’t they just tell their kids that sometimes things don’t work out as we plan, but be grateful you are getting your gift. Many children wish they were in that position. Personally, I hope this is the worst thing to ever happen to you.

Chuck Rios, Alsip

Missing the point of the season

Please tell me that I’m not hearing correctly: Adults shamelessly whining in front of cameras because FedEx didn’t deliver their packages on time for Christmas. And some of these people were speaking of their own gifts — not gifts for the kids. But let’s just say a kid’s gift was late. That was a chance to discuss the real gift, the real reason for the season! When the gift showed up, that would have topped off the occasion. In the meantime, meaningful dialogues. People, life happens. Grow up!

Northa J. Johnson, Near North Side

Let homeless man be

I just read Neil Steinberg’s column about the homeless man in Glenview, Mark Johnson, who lives in his van. I applaud the Glenview Police for their efforts to allow this man, who bothers no one and asks for nothing, to live in some kind of peace in the train station parking lot. But I was sorry to read about the residents who feel Johnson’s presence is a blight on their serene little town. Where is the love and compassion for people who are less fortunate than us? I see more love given to animals than to people. Many of us today are a paycheck away from being Mark Johnson.

Cassandra Ball,

War on the poor

I am irate.

We live in the richest country in the world, and what are our representatives in Congress and the Senate doing? They are negotiating over exactly how much food they can take away from our poorest and most vulnerable citizens.

Using unsubstantiated claims of massive waste and fraud, these legislators are arguing about how much to cut the food stamp program that supports children, seniors, the disabled and the 40 percent of food stamp households with members who work but still can’t earn enough to provide sufficient food for their families.

If there really is massive waste and fraud, then these issues should be resolved and the money saved should be used to provide even more help to those in need.

It is unconscionable that millions of our citizens’ sustenance must come from food pantries and food banks stocked with volunteered food and dollars collected by Boy Scouts, postal workers, churches, neighbors and other generous folks.

Everyone should be contacting their representatives in the House and Senate to tell them that food is non-negotiable.

Janet Freed, Highland Park

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