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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 …

Ethanol choice good for city

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 …

Brown has improved criminal justice system

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 …

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 …

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 …

‘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 …

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 …

Close the loopholes allowing easy access to firearms

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, …

Seek diplomatic solution for Ukraine

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Gun violence requires stricter policy

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 …