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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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Hold applause until anthem is over, please

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 …

A suggested location for George Lucas

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Wrong to oust Mozilla CEO

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 …

Obama’s Crimea weakness shows lack of understanding

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 …

Huntley’s blame game dodges Israeli solutions

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 …

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 …

Pension reform just a first step

Rahm’s pension reform plan for certain city workers is simply not enough. True reform is needed. Pension elimination is needed, going forward, for new hires. The private sector no longer supports pensions, often having switched to 401(k) plans. Pay freezes must to be included for …

Senators right to demand answers on health of Lake Michigan

Thank you for the editorial commending U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk for being deeply concerned about Indiana dumping oil and other toxins into Lake Michigan. All area residents must wholeheartedly appreciate Lake Michigan as our most important natural resource. It provides us with …