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As chairman of the Aldermanic Black Caucus, member of the City Council Latino Caucus, and sponsors of a City Council resolution regarding preference for Chicago Public Schools graduates, we were shocked and disappointed to read Karen Lewis’ denunciation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to give CPS graduates a preference on referral lists for hiring future Chicago firefighters. (“Mayor’s plan for hiring firefighters just a ‘stunt,’” Aug. 19.) Everyone knows that minority representation in the Chicago city work force, especially its police and fire departments, has not been proportionate to our population. Many ideas have been tried to address this inequity … ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:31:32 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29376744-474/mayors-hiring-plan-good-for-minority-representation.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29376744-474/mayors-hiring-plan-good-for-minority-representation.html <![CDATA[ ‘Whoopings,’ which were not limited to black families, were not a big deal ]]> Lead story image

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 my bare backside. My wife’s mother made her select a switch from the trees in the yard and used it on her bare legs. We both feel our mothers had cause for punishing us, and we grew up healthy and non-violent. At that time, is wasn’t a big deal. Al Claus, Vernon Hills ‘Whoopings’ are … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:48:48 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29924607-474/whoopings-which-were-not-limited-to-black-families-were-not-a-big-deal.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29924607-474/whoopings-which-were-not-limited-to-black-families-were-not-a-big-deal.html <![CDATA[ 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 doing wrong internationally to sail off to the Middle East and deal with that nasty situation in Iraq and Syria? Thomas W. Evans, Mundelein JRW still warms the heart As the onset of fall in Chicago puts a nip in the air, I find myself still warmed by images of the parents, coaches, fans and … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:16:13 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29903131-474/right-wing-obama-bashers-should-travel-to-middle-east-to-lead-charge.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29903131-474/right-wing-obama-bashers-should-travel-to-middle-east-to-lead-charge.html <![CDATA[ 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 especially relevant considering that during the 2012 elections when that money, from only 32 super PAC and mega-donors, exceeded that of what millions of small donors were able to give, according to Illinois Public Interest Research Group. This is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue, it’s a nonpartisan issue. Big money needs to … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:14:39 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29848330-474/election-contribution-spending-limits-would-help-ensure-the-voice-of-all.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29848330-474/election-contribution-spending-limits-would-help-ensure-the-voice-of-all.html <![CDATA[ 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 for Rice, wife On the Ray Rice video: Let’s put aside the pointing of the finger about who saw what video and when. The real issue here is let’s get help for both Rice and his wife. If the NFL wants to do some good, even if they suspend Rice from football indefinitely, provide counseling … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:18:17 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29803124-474/right-call-by-u-of-i.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29803124-474/right-call-by-u-of-i.html <![CDATA[ 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 the funnel clouds filling the sky that fateful morning. The solemnity in New York on Sept. 11 is a reminder of past eulogies. Mourned universally, they will be remembered forever. Vincent Kamin, Steeterville GOP rebuttal will be amusing I can’t wait to watch Republicans twisting in the wind in order to attack President Obama no … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:19:40 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29802835-474/911-victims-will-never-be-forgotten.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29802835-474/911-victims-will-never-be-forgotten.html <![CDATA[ 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 law. Federal law provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison for each offense. Rarely is this law enforced! When it is occassionally enforced, weak-kneed judges rarely hand out sentences above a year or two for multiple offenses! As far as your statistics go, a second-grader has a better grasp of facts … ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:17:34 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29783206-474/understand-gun-laws-statistics-before-writing-about-them.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29783206-474/understand-gun-laws-statistics-before-writing-about-them.html <![CDATA[ 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 argument. Question: Are murders, rapes, robberies and thefts of all kinds, and violent assaults still happening in this country? Do we have laws banning such activities? If so, shouldn’t we trash them, too, since they are obviously not working? John Babush,  Big Rock Blockade of Gaza must be lifted The cease-fire between the Israeli and … ]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 02:17:23 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29762211-474/letter-writers-logic-offbase-on-births-out-of-wedlock.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29762211-474/letter-writers-logic-offbase-on-births-out-of-wedlock.html <![CDATA[ Marriage hasn’t succeeded in preventing births out of wedlock ]]> Lead story image

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 the last five years about 41 percent of births in Indiana and about 37 percent of births in Wisconsin were to unmarried mothers. Obviously, attempting to prevent births outside of marriage by banning same-sex marriage doesn’t work. Allowing traditional marriage apparently doesn’t work either. Bob Barth, Edgewater Fracking is a bad idea I was appalled … ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 02:18:52 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29702363-474/marriage-hasnt-succeeded-in-preventing-births-out-of-wedlock.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29702363-474/marriage-hasnt-succeeded-in-preventing-births-out-of-wedlock.html <![CDATA[ Rauner should level with voters ]]> Lead story image

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 think big? Those real estate tax revenues do not go to the state. A governor alone cannot freeze them, cut them, or end them. And it’s extremely unlikely that the Legislature and local government leaders, who are already squeezed to meet demands for services from their constituents, would ultimately support such a property tax freeze, … ]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 02:31:32 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29699533-474/rauner-should-level-with-voters.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29699533-474/rauner-should-level-with-voters.html <![CDATA[ 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 government plays across the state is important. There has been an aggressive push to eliminate township government in Illinois, often based on information that simply is not true. Studies have shown time and again that smaller units of government operate at a higher efficiency and lower cost than larger units. Bryan E. SmithExecutive Director Township … ]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 02:19:36 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29680161-474/townships-serve-key-roles-in-state.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29680161-474/townships-serve-key-roles-in-state.html <![CDATA[ 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 spending. Illinois has the worst credit rating of any state and balances its budget only by issuing debt it can’t afford to pay back. Should we (meaning you and the Sun-Times) keep supporting those who are responsible or support a guy who knows how to run things so that revenues exceed expenses? Clyde Cady, the … ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 02:20:28 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29660469-474/rauner-has-earned-his-wine.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29660469-474/rauner-has-earned-his-wine.html <![CDATA[ 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 Emanuel to the team last year when we were playing in the Great Lakes regional championship. But we never could have imagined the citywide support we have received since then. We appreciate the “watch parties” that were initiated by the mayor during the Little League World Series, which allowed our fans on the South Side … ]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 02:18:43 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29640621-474/jackie-robinson-west-grateful-for-citys-support-encouragement.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29640621-474/jackie-robinson-west-grateful-for-citys-support-encouragement.html <![CDATA[ Tragedy with 9-year-old, Uzi, makes it hard to have faith in mankind ]]> Lead story image

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 that a prepubescent child gets seduced into such a bizarre scenario? Who is going to step up publicly to defend this idiocy? Furthermore, besides one dreadful death already, the youngster has now been bequeathed a life-changing script dooming her to a lifelong struggle with post-traumatic stress because of the miserable judgment of numerous adults. Apologies … ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:15:29 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29557208-474/tragedy-with-9-year-old-uzi-makes-it-hard-to-have-faith-in-mankind.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29557208-474/tragedy-with-9-year-old-uzi-makes-it-hard-to-have-faith-in-mankind.html <![CDATA[ Council inspector should point finger at aldermen, not the mayor ]]> Lead story image

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, and misconduct. He committed to fixing issues of corruption early in his campaign and he stuck with it — no wonder Emanuel was offended when Khan called him out for attempting to squeeze him out of a job. The aldermen’s behavior is not as admirable as the mayor’s. They have dragged their feet, interfered, and … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:15:42 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29562819-474/council-inspector-should-pointfinger-at-aldermen-not-the-mayor.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29562819-474/council-inspector-should-pointfinger-at-aldermen-not-the-mayor.html <![CDATA[ Police department needs crackdown on clout ]]> Lead story image

I worked for the Chicago Police Department for 20 years, retiring last December. It’s a shame the way the David Koschman case has been investigated. The reason that the officers and state’s attorneys involved in the case were not disciplined was CLOUT! You basically can do what you want as long as you have a sponsor. The officers who don’t are the ones held to a higher standard. The police department and the city of Chicago was corrupt when my grandfather came on in the 1940s and was worse when my father came on in the 1960s. I experienced the … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:31:08 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29556906-474/police-department-needs-crackdown-on-clout.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/29556906-474/police-department-needs-crackdown-on-clout.html