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Endorsement  ignores Quinn’s accomplishments

Looks like your editorial board has chosen ruthlessness and greed over reform and compassion in your promise-breaking endorsement of Bruce Rauner for governor. In the process, you have denigrated Gov. Pat Quinn, the one man who has actually accomplished more government reform than any other …

‘Justice’ in the eye of the beholder

“Justice” is an understandable-sounding wish for parents when their son is brutally murdered [“Victims’ parents vow to see justice done,” news story, Oct. 1]. Nevertheless, the concept of seeking justice to be done is a frustrating one, because justice is never the outcome of a …

Young Nobel recipient should inspire all wayward U.S. teens

Kudos to Malala Yousafzai, latest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Yes! Education can change the world. I hope every American teenage dropout is paying attention. Malala almost lost her life in her struggle for education. The world’s progressive countries require all children to fulfill …

Campaign donations don’t pass smell test

Campaign donations by the wrong people are nothing more than bribe money, a bigger threat to our future than Ebola. Is there any reason that Rahm Emanuel accepted donations from United and American airline employees who don’t live here and can’t even vote, other than …

Money speaks loudly for Rauner

If Bruce Rauner can buy being governor in 2015 for $15 million in 2014, how much would it cost him to buy becoming president in 2016? Bud Besser, Glenview Higher minimum not a solution Raising the minimum wage as advocated by the Sun-Times [“Time to …

Regardless of politics, Lewis should be in city’s thoughts, prayers

As a cancerous brain tumor survivor, I was quite shocked to see the front page about Karen Lewis on Tuesday. Regardless of political and personal views of Ms. Lewis, we need to keep her and her family in our thoughts and prayers. Julie Miklos, Clearing …

Ebola real threat  to America

If you were the principal of a school and a fire broke out in the basement, would you evacuate the school? Or would you say that the fire is in one location away from the student body and we can keep it under control? Ebola …

Great expectations for CSO

The outstanding Chicago Symphony Orchestra recently announed the selection of its new president and CEO, Jeff Alexander, the former head of Florida’s Vancouver Symphony Society. His credentials — musical, professional and organizational — are said to be excellent. Our beloved orchestra, probably the nation’s greatest, …

Elections best way to fill judgeships

The Sun-Times reported on the candidacy of attorney Robert Kuzas, who is running to be elected from Cook County’s majority black seventh subcircuit. Mr. Kuzas is a white man who, according to the Sun-Times, leased an apartment on the downtown edge of the subcircuit. His …

Festival disrespectful to Chicago fire victims

How absurd to possibly encourage pyromania by parading burning buildings on the Chicago River. Respect for the damages sustained and lives lost in fires throughout the history of our great city should be shown by the promotion of fire prevention techniques. What message should be …

City Hall’s inaction on interest-rate swaps is indefensible

Banks misrepresented risks when they sold Chicago expensive financial instruments known as interest-rate swaps. These toxic deals have left the city and Chicago Public Schools on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars. Although parents and teachers have called on the mayor to take …

Ezekiel Emanuel’s lack of sympathy for dad shocking

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, if you want to speak for a 75-year-old man, wait until you are 75. Until then, your pronouncement that nonproductive, sluggish people of that age are better off dead is over-the-top arrogant and condescending. I feel for your father, having to read …

Gandhi’s birthday should remind our leaders of a smoother road to peace

Last Thursday was Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. It was also the U.N. International Day of Non-violence. As an Army infantry veteran of the U.S. war against the people of Vietnam, I wonder if those who make life-and-death decisions in the United States — and those who …

Air traffic controllers deserve praise

In the aftermath of the Aurora air-trafffic control center fire, what I’m not reading in the news is the fine job our air traffic controllers did to keep the flying public safe. Yes, travelers were inconvenienced, and while that is upsetting, it isn’t tragic. The …

Tough guy Boehner too eager to sacrifice American troops

House Speaker John Boehner claims that “somebody’s boots” will have to be on the ground to defeat ISIS. He further claims that if the worthless Iraqi army won’t do it, then it’s up to GI Joe. In the continuing Republican effort to portray the president …