Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ ‘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 by irresponsible hoodlums who don’t know right from wrong. Nothing else has worked. Yes, New York City outlawed it. Maybe Police Supt. Garry McCarthy can run frisking better, such as by racially integrating the frisk teams, for keener discernment in picking suspects, rather than stopping every young black male or Hispanic on the street, as … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:54:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 graduate, get married, have children. Accept responsibility for your actions. And above all, put down the guns. Stop tearing apart families, stop this hatred. Please stop shooting. Patricia R Salecki, Summit Clear distinction The difference between Israel and Hamas is that Israel uses rockets to protect its people while Hamas uses people to protect its … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:18:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Close the loopholes allowing easy access to firearms ]]> Lead story image

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, 2013, our 15-year-old daughter Hadiya was murdered. We are now a part of the fraternity that no one ever wants to join, yet every day 86 Americans are killed with guns. We have founded Hadiya’s Promise “Because every child matters.” Our diverse advisory board brings people together to find solutions that another weekend of violence … ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:15:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Seek diplomatic solution for Ukraine ]]> Lead story image

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 down a civilian Iranian airliner (Flight 655) after mistaking it for a hostile military aircraft. It was a tragic mistake, but that’s what it was. The Malaysian airliner may well prove to tell a similar tale — tragic, but not the stuff of future wars. 2. When the U.S.S.R. imploded, there was a tacit international … ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:28:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 border, our hearts are heavy. As Christian leaders, our support of immigration reform has primarily been about people, not politics — people who live in constant fear of deportation, of their families being separated and of the uncertainty of what tomorrow might bring. We have built our church and ministry on the core conviction that … ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 simple, hit the books and study more! Joe DiNovella, Oak Lawn Hoping Lewis runs vs. Rahm The July 15 article on the possibility of CTU president Karen Lewis running against Rahm Emanuel for mayor of Chicago was hopeful and inspiring. I sure hope Lewis does. I for one, a lifelong resident of Lake County, Il, … ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:17:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 gifted choristers typify the truly great things that take place in Chicago. The choir, their inspiring accomplished conductors Josephine Lee, Judy Hanson and Mollie Stone were welcomed with rousing, standing ovations at each venue on the two week tour. Through the power of music, these goodwill ambassadors have left a very positive image of Chicago. … ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:20:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 mess that was left him; it didn’t happen over night. Lonnie Mendoza, Calumet City Save Lake Michigan I have a number of family traditions that involve Lake Michigan. Every 4th of July we sit on the beach and watch the fireworks; we have picnics on the beach; we love to go swimming in the lake. … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:18:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 telling my friends, relatives and musical colleagues for 40 years. If you look at the conductor scores for elevator music, you’ll find very advanced arranging techniques and beautiful, glorious tone colors. And the musicians playing the recording sessions on elevator music are fantastic musical artists on a par with any of the top symphony players … ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:18:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gun violence requires stricter policy ]]> Lead story image

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 a gun. Adding a lot of a jail time if caught with a weapon will make people think twice about getting one. Now, since people don’t feel safe, they get guns to protect themselves. Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, a former New York City deputy commissioner, noted that he’s often asked about the difference between fighting … ]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:13:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pols who dominate city, state shirk responsibility ]]> Lead story image

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 that things can and do go wrong. The difference is real leaders do not blame others, not even for political gain. The bunch in charge now still blames the Germans for bombing Pearl Harbor. Mike Simon, Glen Ellyn Higher minimum wage helps all I concur with the decision to raise the minimum wage to $13 … ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:25:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 is a breath of fresh air knowing that there are still columnists/newspapers/media outlets willing and able to write the truth. Steven Butman, Northbrook New immigration rallying cry We all remember President Reagan’s famous call, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Given our border-control problems, the entire nation should be shouting, “Mr. Obama, build us a … ]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 02:19:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 Senate? Because, as has been the case since the president took office, Republicans are more interested in Obama failing than what is good for the country. Then, of course, the Tea Party GOP adds to the hypocrisy by blaming Obama for the current immigration problems. Tom Minnerick, Elgin Dishonest politicians ruining Chicago Every time I … ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:20:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 will just make it appear on paper that it is headquartered in Ireland. The company will continue to take advantage of the many benefits of operating in this country, but it will stick American taxpayers with the tab. Deerfield-based Walgreens, which has $72 billion in annual U.S. sales, may change its corporate address to Switzerland … ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 02:18:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 open, clear and free lakefront is Chicago’s version of Central Park in New York, and it should be expanded north and south, not chiseled away with new construction projects and paved over with short-sighted, clout-driven invasions. The one thing that would establish Chicago as a “world class” city is to preserve and protect its lakefront … ]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 02:16:05 -0500