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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 … ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:52:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Northwestern study offers coping strategies for dementia sufferers, caregivers ]]>

I am writing to applaud Northwestern University for its recent research study on mindfulness and its impact on Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. With so much focus placed on finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and other dementias, a majority of the available resources (funding, time, etc.) are allocated to pharmaceutical and genetic research. While that may lead to the extraordinary medical breakthrough we’re all impatiently waiting for, we should not ignore the more than 5 million people in this country who are struggling to cope with this disease, both physically and emotionally. The research done by Ken Pallor and his … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:54:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Complaint over salute ridiculous ]]>

The latest brouhaha of the conservative media elites of President Obama saluting while holding a travel cup in his hand, is, once again, a vain attempt on their part to rewrite history. Even President Eisenhower, the five-star general, did not salute the military personnel around him during his daily activities but only at special events honoring the military and military personnel. That was the case from the days of George Washington. Presidents were reluctant to salute because they wanted to emphasize the civilian leadership of the military, as established by the Constitution, under a civilian commander in chief. When did … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:17:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Incumbents need to solve problems, or get out ]]> Lead story image

You get the type of representation you voted for, a lot goes into that oft-repeated statement. Do we vote for political aspirants because of our party affiliation, job security or racial or social considerations? Many office holders are reasonably honest and most have pleasing personalities and the gift of gab. In Illinois, because of party dominance, an office holder can retain his seat so long as he follows the party line. Office holders are opposed to term limits and comment that the electoral processes serves as a means of term limits. If that is true, we have the obligation to … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:15:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ State senator’s idea of a ‘fair’ tax would burden middle class ]]> Lead story image

A state senator wrote a letter urging Illinois to replace its current tax system with what he calls a fairer tax. He feels that taxing everybody at the same rate is unfair. I can understand his desire to get more money out of the state’s residents, but I strongly object to his use of the word ‘fair’ to do it. Will the wealthy feel the pain of a tax increase less than someone not so wealthy? Yes. Does that mean it is right to take more of his money? I don’t think so. I looked up the word ‘fair’ in … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:30:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Nation has not changed for better ]]>

The news is abuzz about a man who jumped the fence and entered the White House through the unlocked entry door before being caught. The Secret Service is on the hot seat for muffing its protective role to that extent. Heads may roll. What a startling contrast to anyone who last week watched the Ken Burns documentary, “The Roosevelts,” which showed ordinary citizens crowding the White House lawn to hear President Franklin Roosevelt deliver a speech during his tenure in the 1930s and wartime ’40s. The contrast between the ’40s and today makes an undeniable, unflattering statement about our evolution … ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:17:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mayor worthy of pot shots over his soft stance on marijuana possession ]]>

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to decriminalize the possession of marijuana. Looking at this event in perspective, it is clear that a licensing money grab and a shameless plea for voter kowtowing is the order of the day for the Emanuel mayoral campaign. This move reeks of the worst kind of politicking and caters to all those who are gullible to the seemingly free ride that is obviously absent. Mike Koskiewicz,  Portage Park Better food choices can cool planet Last Sunday, hundreds of thousands marched throughout the world demanding action on climate change, as 120 world leaders gathered in New York … ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:21:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Time to replace state’s broken flat tax with a fairer tax system ]]>

The Sun-Times recently published an article that shed light on a major problem facing Illinois: we have one of the most unfair tax systems in the United States. The article was about a study from WalletHub that ranks the fairness of tax systems. Illinois’ system ranks 47th in the nation — less fair than every other state in the Midwest. A study published earlier this year by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy put Illinois in its “Terrible Ten” because our taxation system is so unfair. Illinois can and should do better. Surprisingly, according to the study, liberals and … ]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:18:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ City’s green spaces must be preserved ]]>

When I read John Vukmirovich’s Viewpoint essay on Saturday, it took my breath away. To realize all the beauty he described was about a place I thought I was very familiar with. Yet I’d never been privy to the views that space offered early in the morning. And so because of what he knows and what he has seen, I trust and agree with all that he said. We must be cautious and very respectful of how we treat what we have left of nature, fauna and foliage in our city. Let’s be selective of who we put in charge … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:16:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fight companies such as GE for rolling back retirees’ health care coverage ]]> Lead story image

Nearly, 65,000 General Electric retirees will soon find their current earned retirement health care coverage gone at the end of this year, only to be replaced by a substitute Affordable Care Act private health exchange. GE is just the latest in a long list of so-called “blue chip” companies to create economic uncertainty for their loyal retirees in the name of cost-cutting. IBM, Time Warner, DuPont and more have already dumped the retirees earned health care benefits overboard. Let’s not forget that all of these retirees took lower salaries and less paid time off throughout their careers in exchange for … ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:14:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ It’s time to acknowledge there’s no justification for spanking a child ]]>

“Hitting a child is always wrong” — your important, thought-provoking editorial on Sept. 18 — highlighted a disturbing societal problem that has gone unattended for too long. The following comments buttress your position. Regarding spanking (however one may choose to define it), Edward Lee Thorndike, the Columbia University behaviorist, about a century ago proclaimed that “spanking stamps in what it purports to stamp out.” Sigmund Freud stated, also a century ago, that “this will be a verbal world, not a physical one, and if I am wrong it will not make any difference.” Our contemporary world should heed the wisdom … ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:30:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blame Bush for Iraq withdrawal ]]>

Regular readers of Steve Huntley’s column know to expect neo-conservative pro-war arguments, and Mr. Huntley is certainly entitled to his opinion. But he is not entitled to mistate historical facts. When he writes that “Obama’s decision to pull out all troops in 2011, squandering the gains made at such high cost in U.S. lives and treasures, also looks dumb now,” he is misrepresenting the facts. The 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq was not President Obama’s decision; that withdrawal was part of a treaty between the U.S. and Iraq negotiated by the president whose martial spirit and true grit Huntley … ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:18:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 conservatives. We recognize these differences as part-and-parcel of the human condition and, if smart, do not make different preferences an item of moral judgment. The Wallendas are a unique family and we should value them for their talents, their inclination to face challenges that would turn most of us to jelly, and their delight in … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:24:01 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:19:26 -0500 <![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 <![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