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Last week, President Obama called on Congress to close a tax loophole that allows American corporations to purchase foreign companies in order to relocate their base for tax reasons. As a small-business owner, it’s infuriating to see big corporations use loopholes like these to pay less while still taking advantage of all the U.S. economy has to offer. When large corporations don’t pay their fair share, it hurts small businesses, our economic recovery, and our ability to invest in roads, education, infrastructure and so much more. I’m not the only small-business owner who feels this way. Small Business Majority polled … ]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 01:31:56 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28983778-474/tax-dodging-corporate-relocations-bad-for-small-businesses.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28983778-474/tax-dodging-corporate-relocations-bad-for-small-businesses.html <![CDATA[ Rich Republicans  already won class war ]]>

So, the Republicans are accusing the Democrats of using class warfare to turn out the vote against Mr. Rauner (Gov. OKs referendum on “Millionaires Tax” for fall). That’s good for a laugh. Given the fact that billionaires Bruce Rauner and Ken Griffin have donated millions of their own “free $peech” dollars to Rauner’s campaign, it is obvious they’ve already won the class warfare battle. Bob Barth, Edgewater Suing Obama ridiculous Suing the president, really?!! The infrastructure in this country is crumbling; bridges and roads are in need of repair. Yet our representatives choose to spend our tax money to sue … ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:18:24 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28959260-474/rich-republicans-already-won-class-war.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28959260-474/rich-republicans-already-won-class-war.html <![CDATA[ Blame Hamas for Palestinian misery ]]>

In 2005 Israel left Gaza and transferred it to the Palestinian Authority. For the first time, Palestinians had a chance to erect the foundations of a state to be achieved via direct negotiations with Israel. But, in 2007, Hamas violently seized control of Gaza from the Fatah-led PA, and has since brought misery to its residents. Instead of advocating for peace, Hamas refuses to recognize Israel, end violence and accept existing Israeli-Palestinian agreements, thereby undermining PA President Abbas. Hamas invested in rockets, missiles and tunnels to wage war against Israel. Ignoring Hamas’ destructive role in Palestinian society will not help … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:17:25 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28957400-474/blame-hamas-for-palestinian-misery.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28957400-474/blame-hamas-for-palestinian-misery.html <![CDATA[ Walgreens right to seek a tax rate other global companies get ]]>

Am I the only one who doesn’t have a problem with Walgreens (a for-profit business) trying to reduce its tax burden by using a legal strategy by moving its headquarters to Europe, or wherever? It seems to me that American companies are at a disadvantage to foreign companies that do business in the U.S. The real question is why do foreign companies doing business in the U.S. pay a lower corporate tax rate than good ole American companies in the first place? Jeff Jurkovich, Orland Park Wake up, voters A Sun-Times editorial Tuesday said that although the new acting Illinois … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:19:38 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28937820-474/walgreens-right-to-seek-a-tax-rate-other-global-companies-get.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28937820-474/walgreens-right-to-seek-a-tax-rate-other-global-companies-get.html <![CDATA[ Consumers should protest Walgreen’s ]]>

I have just finished reading Sen. Dick Durbin’s comments on the possible move of Walgreen’s headquarters to Switzerland to avoid American taxes. I agree that this precedent would be a dangerous practice if corporate America begins following this example. Ordinary Americans pay their taxes. They don’t have Swiss bank accounts, off-shore accounts or the option to claim a foreign headquarters. Nevertheless, consumers do have power. When mothers in Texas refused to shop at Target as long as the management permitted open-gun carry, Target changed its policy. Let Americans give the same message to Walgreen’s. I, for one, will never shop … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:14:47 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28912321-474/consumers-should-protest-walgreens.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28912321-474/consumers-should-protest-walgreens.html <![CDATA[ Ethanol choice good for city ]]> Lead story image

An ordinance going before City Council this week would make a new, less expensive fuel option available to Chicago that would reduce our cancer risk, clean up smog, create Illinois jobs and lower our dependence on foreign oil. But a recent editorial chose to ignore the “Choice” in Chicago’s “Clean Air Choice” ordinance, and bought into baseless oil industry scare tactics rather than overwhelming scientific evidence from the U.S. Department of Energy and Illinois’ own Argonne National Laboratory. The truth is, this ordinance would simply make E15 available to Chicago’s drivers; regular E10 gasoline (which is what we use today) … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:14:55 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28843116-474/ethanol-choice-good-for-city.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28843116-474/ethanol-choice-good-for-city.html <![CDATA[ Brown has improved criminal justice system ]]> Lead story image

Important information about automation initiatives and criminal justice information integration efforts pioneered by Honorable Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, was omitted from the article, “No way to paper over court clerk’s record-keeping: critics,” by Brian Slodysko on July 4. During her tenure, from 2000-2014, Clerk Brown has completed more than 125 office system automations, including the implementation of an Imaging and Document Management System (IDMS), through which more than 100 million court documents have already been scanned into digital format; an electronic docket that automatically updates in real time, making almost all civil case type … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:28:29 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28843121-474/brown-has-improved-criminal-justice-system.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28843121-474/brown-has-improved-criminal-justice-system.html <![CDATA[ Hamas responsible for misery in Gaza ]]>

I have no doubt things are horrible in Gaza. Perhaps Hamas should have built bomb shelters for all those “innocent” civilians instead of digging tunnels for the terrorists. Then again, maybe they should have taken advantage of the established agricultural business when Israel left Gaza in 2006. Instead, they have been producing missiles and bullets and terrorists who hide behind those civilians in schools, mosques, hospitals and ambulances. You reap what you sow. Rosagitta Podrovsky, Skokie Putin needs history lesson Regarding Vladimir Putin’s desire to single-handedly create a greater Russia: He should keep in mind what happened to the last … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:19:23 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28842905-474/hamas-responsible-for-misery-in-gaza.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28842905-474/hamas-responsible-for-misery-in-gaza.html <![CDATA[ Chicago needs  top-notch transit ]]>

The Sun-Times is right that the Chicago area must invest in transit. And as your July 17 editorial makes clear, it’s about more than just fixing what we’ve got. Chicagoans need a truly top-notch transit system that connects people to jobs in ways the existing infrastructure never will. Transit enhances real estate value, reduces the cost of living by lowering transportation costs, provides expanded job access for the region’s residents who don’t have or can’t afford cars, and takes vehicles off of clogged roadways. Yes, times are tight. But we know our leaders want — and need — to focus … ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:16:55 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28822615-474/chicago-needs-top-notch-transit.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28822615-474/chicago-needs-top-notch-transit.html <![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 … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:18:46 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28806089-474/stop-and-frisk-tactic-necessary-to-get-unregistered-guns-off-the-streets.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28806089-474/stop-and-frisk-tactic-necessary-to-get-unregistered-guns-off-the-streets.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28783300-474/another-life-lost-to-senseless-violence.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28783300-474/another-life-lost-to-senseless-violence.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28727492-474/close-the-loopholes-allowing-easy-access-to-firearms.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28727492-474/close-the-loopholes-allowing-easy-access-to-firearms.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28713460-474/seek-diplomatic-solution-for-ukraine.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28713460-474/seek-diplomatic-solution-for-ukraine.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28727305-474/speaking-up-for-vulnerable-immigrants.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28727305-474/speaking-up-for-vulnerable-immigrants.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28696346-474/dont-change-elite-school-admissions.html http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/letters/28696346-474/dont-change-elite-school-admissions.html