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The outdoor writer for the Sun-Times thinks it’s OK to hunt sandhill cranes. What is this man thinking? Why not shoot bald eagles while he’s at it? Andy Cappellano, Spring Grove Zwecker wrong on Rooney Bill Zwecker’s column about Mickey Rooney was wrong. Rooney loved Chicago for the St. Patrick’s Day parade, of which he was grand marshal, not some ballet nonsense. Tom Fitzgibbons, Des Plaines Perils of cyberspace Regarding the story about sexting that included the line, “The Internet will be the death of our society,” I say, “Amen.” Marlea Turgeon, Evanston … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:33:21 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26925595-474/hunting-sandhill-cranes-not-right.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26925595-474/hunting-sandhill-cranes-not-right.html <![CDATA[ Obama ‘blunders’ better than the alternative ]]> Lead story image

In his column titled “Obama blunders make us less safe,” Steve Huntley counts as great failings the president deciding not to bomb Syria or to keep American forces in Iraq to referee the bloody religious war we had a hand in starting there [April 17]. If these are indeed terrible blunders, I’m inclined to believe many Americans will be willing to overlook them when they consider something Mr. Obama is doing much less of than did his predecessor in office, presiding over the daily arrival of flag-draped coffins at Dover Air Force Base. Thomas W. Evans, Mundelein No price tag … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:27:36 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26906190-474/obama-blunders-better-than-the-alternative.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26906190-474/obama-blunders-better-than-the-alternative.html <![CDATA[ Taxing suburban commuters is a terrible idea ]]>

It seems one of our illustrious alderman, Bob Fioretti, has a solution to our budget deficit and pension problems. He wants to tax commuters coming into the city every day to go to work. This was once suggested by Mayor Harold Washington and the result was that all the suburban mayors got together and said they would do the same to all Chicagoans working in the suburbs. Has the alderman looked at the reverse commute each morning on the Kennedy? The traffic is worse leaving the city than coming in. Fioretti’s idea would surely give Chicago businesses a reason to … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:24:38 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26865234-474/taxing-suburban-commuters-is-a-terrible-idea.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26865234-474/taxing-suburban-commuters-is-a-terrible-idea.html <![CDATA[ What’s wrong with charter schools ]]>

The Chicago Teachers Union will not join the so-called Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) in its call to close any schools, because CTU believes that closing schools is harmful for students, families, communities and the staff who work there. [April 13 op-ed by Rebeca Nieves-Huffman, state director of Democrats for Education Reform]. CTU believes instead that there should be a moratorium on charter school expansion because the 20-year experiment has proven to be too costly, too disruptive, and it did not deliver on its promises. All children deserve well-supported schools that have staff who understand the needs of the students … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:52:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26878760-474/whats-wrong-with-charter-schools.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26878760-474/whats-wrong-with-charter-schools.html <![CDATA[ Many factors to finding a real solution to city’s violence ]]>

The police tell us that violence is down, and that’s a good thing. However, this past weekend showed us that the violence issue is a long way from being solved. Arrest and suppression will not solve the problem. Until every child has excellent education, every individual has an opportunity for a job, there is access to positive programs for all young people, every adult sees our young people as their sons or daughters, every young person realizes their value and self-worth and until gun purchasers are held responsible and the easy access to guns is ended, we may have some … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:56:54 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26862292-474/many-factors-to-finding-a-real-solution-to-citys-violence.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26862292-474/many-factors-to-finding-a-real-solution-to-citys-violence.html <![CDATA[ Jet noise: Always here ]]>

Homeowners near O’Hare Airport who complain about jet noise are like the people who move into a home along a golf course and complain about golf balls in their yard. The airport was probably there before they moved in, and they had to know that with time there was going to be expansion. It’s not like they woke up one morning and the airport appeared out of nowhere. I grew up in Arlington Heights and can still remember having to stop conversations mid-sentence while a jumbo jet whined overhead. My wife grew up in Des Plaines, with railroad tracks adjacent … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:20:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26844541-474/jet-noise-always-here.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26844541-474/jet-noise-always-here.html <![CDATA[ Hold applause until anthem is over, please ]]> Lead story image

For most of my life, I have been an avid Blackhawks fan. I just love everything about them — the great players, Coach Q and all the other coaches, the announcers, the United Center, all the trainers and those who work so hard behind the scenes and, of course, our beautiful Chief Blackhawk logo. Last year for my 90th birthday, I was given my most prized possession (besides my family), a terrific Bobby Hull jersey. However, there is one thing that bothers me. Why is there so much clapping and noise during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner? I … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:18:03 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26786337-474/hold-applause-until-anthem-is-over-please.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26786337-474/hold-applause-until-anthem-is-over-please.html <![CDATA[ A suggested location for George Lucas ]]> Lead story image

After reading the recent article and editorial relating to locating the Lucas Museum in Chicago, I believe it would be a great idea. I suggest that George Lucas and the city consider the property located just west of Stony Island Avenue between 59th and 60th streets. The property is an extension of Jackson Park and seldom utilized by anyone. If the amount of land is not of sufficient, there is additional land south of 60th Street between Stony Island Avenue and the Metra railroad tracks. This land is owned by the University of Chicago and being used for a parking … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:32:46 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26738738-474/a-suggested-location-for-george-lucas.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26738738-474/a-suggested-location-for-george-lucas.html <![CDATA[ Eviction bill is proper solution ]]>

As a landlord, I applaud the bill introduced by Rep. Monique Davis. Contrary to what Mark Brown writes [“Eviction bill should be kicked to the curb,” April 10], this is the proper solution. These deadbeat tenants know how to game the system and the landlord is left holding the bag because the law says the landlord cannot turn off the heat, electric, water, even if the tenant does not pay. I support a moratorium on evictions if Commonwealth Edison, City Hall and Peoples Gas also support a moratorium on landlords having to pay when tenants stop paying. Casey Thomas, Gresham … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:24:45 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26766031-474/eviction-bill-is-proper-solution.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26766031-474/eviction-bill-is-proper-solution.html <![CDATA[ Ban phones to stop sexting in schools ]]>

Here is a wonderful solution to end sexting in Barrington schools and all schools. I spent eight years in grammar school, four years in high school and three of my six years in college without a cellphone, smart phone, ipad, ipod etc. Guess what, I survived. These products should not be allowed in school, period. Computers/Internet will be the death of our society. Dean Rack, Hoffman Estates Restrict guns laws How many more people must die in “Gun Free Zones” — including military bases — at the hands of those who would not follow a law or a sign posted … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:19:53 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26734157-474/ban-phones-to-stop-sexting-in-schools.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26734157-474/ban-phones-to-stop-sexting-in-schools.html <![CDATA[ Schools need increased funding, not more budget cuts ]]>

My colleagues on the Illinois State Board of Education and I have long fought to increase funding for our pre-K through 12th-grade students, because a strong education system is critical to ensuring our state competes in the 21st century. Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal for a $291 million increase next year for the pre-K-12 education budget means schools can begin making up the ground lost through cuts that were forced after decades of mismanagement that the governor inherited. Even more important, the governor suggests investing more than $6 billion in the classroom over the next five years — the largest investment … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 02:23:43 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26716808-474/schools-need-increased-funding-not-more-budget-cuts.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26716808-474/schools-need-increased-funding-not-more-budget-cuts.html <![CDATA[ Wrong to oust Mozilla CEO ]]> Lead story image

I agree 100 percent with Monday’s editorial [“Ousting Mozilla exec was wrong”]. Consumers have the right to purchase or not purchase, or use or not use, a company’s products. I certainly do not expect or believe that the owners, top executives, lower level management or employee of companies that I purchase products or services from all espouse my views. If a consumer is offended by the personal beliefs of an employee or owner, the consumer can shop elsewhere. George Pfeifer,  Evanston Editorial wrong about Mozilla exec Your Monday editorial [“Ousting Mozilla exec was wrong”] comparing Mr. Eich’s resignation as CEO … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 02:15:53 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26695162-474/wrong-to-oust-mozilla-ceo.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26695162-474/wrong-to-oust-mozilla-ceo.html <![CDATA[ Obama’s Crimea weakness shows lack of understanding ]]> Lead story image

Like so many other promises he has made, President Obama’s March 16 declaration that the United States would never recognize Crimea’s vote to secede from Ukraine and join Russia already appears to have been forgotten. For all the president’s talk of “unity” with our European allies on how to deal with Russia’s aggression, nothing meaningful seems to have happened. Obama seems incapable of understanding this new-style Russian dictator who believes the worst catastrophe of the 20th century was the collapse of the Soviet Union, rather than the millions of lives lost in World Wars I and II, or the forced … ]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 02:17:30 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26637140-474/obamas-crimea-weakness-shows-lack-of-understanding.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26637140-474/obamas-crimea-weakness-shows-lack-of-understanding.html <![CDATA[ Huntley’s blame game dodges Israeli solutions ]]> Lead story image

Columnist Steve Huntley (“Kerry’s delusions won’t bring peace,” April 4) writes that Secretary of State John Kerry’s delusions will not resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He goes on to claim that while Israelis were asked to make concessions, “the Palestinians were asked only not to escalate tensions and undermine the fragile process.” But blaming the Palestinian Authority for the breakdown in negotiations is misguided and unhelpful. The reason the Palestinians were not asked for anything concrete in return for Israeli concessions is that they have nothing concrete to offer. They are the occupied, and Israel is the occupier. Kerry’s “act of … ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 02:29:33 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/25384798-474/huntleys-blame-game-dodgesisraeli-solutions.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/25384798-474/huntleys-blame-game-dodgesisraeli-solutions.html <![CDATA[ Daley, not Rahm, caused tax increases ]]>

Don’t blame Rahm for raising our property taxes. Blame Richard M. Daley and his cronies for leaving this mess to Rahm. And blame the unions for not demanding that the City of Chicago maintain the required pension reserves as soon as they dropped below specified levels. It is irresponsible to expect Chicagoans to now pay for their mistakes, unless that was the original intent. Rahm is right about one thing: People will flee Chicago if property taxes are raised. Beth Najberg, Near North Side Seeking fair compromise on pensions Gov. Quinn, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John … ]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 02:20:23 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26616161-474/daley-not-rahm-caused-tax-increases.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/26616161-474/daley-not-rahm-caused-tax-increases.html