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Wallenda walk worth watching

Regarding the Sun-Times’ Sept. 16 editorial, “Wallenda’s walk — watch it or not?”: Humans are infinitely variable, and I’m not talking about differences in size or color, but rather in our likes and dislikes. Some prefer opera to hip-hop, ballet to break dancing, liberals to …

‘Whoopings,’ which were not limited to black families, were not a big deal

I just read Mary Mitchell’s article on the Adrian Peterson affair. The “whooping” she describes was not limited to black families. My wife and I are both white. When I got out of line as a kid, my mother used a broad, heavy hairbrush on …

Right-wing Obama-bashers should travel to Middle East to lead charge

In the 1930s it was fashionable for writers to travel to Spain and join the fight against fascism. In that spirit, wouldn’t it be a good idea for all those right-wing pundits who are so certain they know exactly what President Barack Obama has been …

Election contribution, spending limits would help ensure the voice of all

No political party or campaign should be influenced by big money from special interests, regardless of anonymity. While they have the right to voice their opinion, the volume of that voice should not be determined by money, especially big money spent influencing politics. This is …

Right call by U of I

Thanks to the Sun-Times for supporting University of Illinois Chancellor Wise and the U of I in withdrawing the offer to Steven Salaita, the man who spewed vile threats on his Twitter account that went way beyond free speech. Beth Najberg, Near North Side Counseling …

9/11 victims will never be forgotten

As stacks of light sit on skyscrapers and the sun grasps to catch the new dawn today, the souls of those who passed on 9/11 are remembered by all Americans as being our own too. Etched into our psyches, their memories are left behind from …

Understand gun laws, statistics before writing about them

What’s absurd to me is your foolish and naïve editorial board continually spouting off about gun laws which you clearly know nothing about. You should remember what your mother taught you — think before you speak. “Straw” purchases and resale to criminals is against the …

Letter writer’s logic offbase on births out of wedlock

A letter writer [Monday] informs us that “ . . . attempting to prevent births outside of marriage by banning same-sex marriage doesn’t work.” I’m going to ignore the hetero-vs.-homosexual marriage issue here, and instead just look at the logic (or lack thereof) in his …

Marriage hasn’t succeeded in preventing births out of wedlock

According to a Sun-Times story, one reason often given for banning same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin is “that the regulation of the institution of marriage was a tool for society to attempt to prevent pregnancies out of wedlock.” According to National Kids Count, over …

Rauner should level with voters

We’ve all probably seen the commercial where gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner tells us that he has a “plan” to freeze property taxes in Illinois. Why not plan to cut them in half, or end them altogether? If he’s going to mislead the voters, why not …

Townships serve key roles in state

As the executive director of the Township Officials of Illinois, I would like to respond to the Aug. 24 editorial that called for the elimination or consolidation of smaller units of government, specifically pointing to townships. The fact of the matter is the role township …

Rauner has  earned his wine

What’s the big deal? When you run a surplus, you should be able to buy as much wine as you want! Chicago has the worst credit rating of any major U.S. city and uses one-time revenue sources to fund operating expenses and mask its deficit …

Jackie Robinson West grateful for city’s support, encouragement

To the City of Chicago: On behalf of the players, volunteer coaches and parents, we want to extend sincere thanks for all of the work that has been done in support of the Jackie Robinson West Little League. It started with a call from Mayor …

Tragedy with 9-year-old, Uzi, makes it hard to have faith in mankind

A 9-year-old girl, on vacation with her parents in Arizona, was being taught to shoot an Uzi submachine gun, resulting in her shooting and killing her instructor! What could possibly be any reasonable person’s understanding of such a pathetic, preventable nightmare? How is it understandable …

Council inspector should point finger at aldermen, not the mayor

Chicago’s aldermen don’t like Faisal Khan, the legislative inspector general, and they’re not shy about it. Their dislike and interference with Khan’s work has called Rahm Emanuel’s commitment to ethics reform into question. Mayor Emanuel must be credited for attacking the culture of waste, fraud, …