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‘Stop-and-frisk’ tactic necessary to get unregistered guns off the streets

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Congratulations to columnist Mary Mitchell for advocating “stop-and-frisk” to get unregistered handguns off the streets. (“Urban violence calls for extreme measures,” July 22.) Civil libertarians will protest. But not the relatives of the innocent bystanders gunned down for nothing …

Another life lost to senseless violence

Congratulations, Chicago gangsters, you did it again. Once more an innocent sweet soul is gone because you just can’t stop shooting. You stole this child’s life. I hope you are forever haunted by the face of this sweet little girl. Her parents won’t see her …

Close the loopholes allowing easy access to firearms

These days in Chicago, more people than ever are touched by gun violence. Everyone’s perspective is shaped by personal circumstances, and hopefully more people will get involved to support changes in the laws like those proposed by U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill. On Jan 29, …

Seek diplomatic solution for Ukraine

Now that some of our politicians are demanding that we do something — anything — about the situation in the Ukraine, here are a few inconvenient truths that are worth remembering before we formally reignite the Cold War: 1. In 1988, the United States shot …

Speaking up for vulnerable immigrants

There is a profound biblical tradition of lament in the face of injustice. In the past few weeks, as the House of Representatives has reportedly determined not to vote on immigration reform and as we witness a crisis of vulnerable children arriving at our southern …

Don’t change elite school admissions

I read that certain aldermen are demanding that some of the elite Chicago public schools “modify” the admission standards to stop the surge of white enrollment. Regardless of your race, if you can’t pass the test, don’t ask for an easier test! The solution is …

Chicago Children’s Choir highlight  of Africa trip

My family and I have just returned to Chicago after an extraordinary visit to South Africa. The highlight of this adventure was the privilege of attending several concerts performed by the Chicago Children’s Choir’s 56 member multi-racial ensemble, Voice of Chicago. These very enthusiastic and …

Lewis as mayor would be city’s biggest mistake since Chicago Fire

A Karen Lewis run for mayor would the biggest mistake since the Chicago Fire. She has no knowledge how to run a government office. She’s a teacher and union leader who can hardly do that, so forget this idea. Let Rahm finish cleaning up the …

Both a musician and an educator

I enjoyed reading the article about Chicago icon Joe Segal in the Sunday Sun-Times. Two of Joe’s comments really hit home with me. He mentioned how jazz makes you think and also how elevator music sounds great compared with current music. That’s something I’ve been …

Gun violence requires stricter policy

Chicago’s violence needs to end, and it will not happen without stricter gun policies, more police and cameras on the corners where most violence is occurring. Too many people are dying. Stricter gun policies will help lower crime because it will be harder to get …

Pols who dominate city, state shirk responsibility

For many decades now Illinois and Chicago have been managed, operated, manipulated and completely dominated politically by the same people. It’s these same people who blame everyone else when things go horribly wrong. This is not leadership. Real leaders know they are not perfect and …

Israel not to blame for cycle of violence

As usual, Steve Huntley’s Thursday column on Israel was spot-on. As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has correctly stated, “If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no violence. If the Jews put down their weapons, there would be no Israel.” It …

GOP deserves  immigration blame, not Obama

Instead of calling for a vote on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner and his band of obstructionists blame President Obama for the current influx of child immigrants flooding our Southern border. Why don’t they do their jobs and pass the legislation already approved by the …

Walgreens needs to support its customers — not dodge paying taxes

In a Sunday op-ed column, “Why Corporations Move Overseas,” former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty defends the decision by Minneapolis-based Medtronic corporation to renounce its U.S. corporate “citizenship” in order to avoid paying its fair share in federal taxes. Medtronic won’t actually move overseas — it …

Lakefront parks must be preserved

Except for the existing “museum campus,” starting with the intrusive McCormick Place, the entire lakefront and our public parks are in constant danger of exploitation by special interests and a Chicago Park District that thinks of the lakefront as undeveloped land. The blessing of an …