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Lakeside Development ignoring community wishes

On behalf of the communities affected by the proposed Lakeside Development, we are writing to bring to attention to a matter of great concern — the disregard of the community by Daniel McCaffery, CEO of McCaffery Interests Inc. and developer for Lakeside Development, the largest …

Why are we letting nameless threat keep us from seeing a movie?

So, I guess that’s it. We can’t even see a movie, a goofy comedy, because of a faceless threat. They’ve won. Let’s just give the rule of the kingdom to the richest man and start bleating like the sheep we are, waiting for the slaughter. …

City can’t afford to continue losing victims to gun violence

Death rides Chicago streets. Even the wary fall victims. Death can be a sentence to the well meaning, the studious and the gifted. Chicago streets do not discriminate. Our cultural loss at so many dead bodies strewn and killed in playgrounds, in back alleys and …

To avoid police-involved shootings, don’t resist arrest

Attorney General Eric Holder knows how future [Michael] Brown and [Eric] Garner violence can be avoided: don’t assault a police officer; don’t resist arrest. I contend that a black officer would have acted no differently in either case. In fact, the supervising sergeant in the …

Police body cameras would protect citizens, cops

Body cameras will protect police officers from people who lie. We have some outstanding police officers who do care for the rights of others. But one bad apple can spoil a whole barrel. If America can afford to send a rocket to the moon, America …

Legislature should require local governments to balance budgets

In its report the “State of Bankruptcy,” the Better Government Association highlighted the “desperate” financial condition of local governments in Illinois. A 2013 study by Truth in Accounting found 103 of the 127 Cook County cities, suburbs, and villages had bills that exceeded assets available …

Topinka was one of a kind

Very sad to hear of the passing of Judy Baar Topinka. She was a one-of-a-kind politician who did her job without corruption and all the political malarkey we put up with in this state. She once took the time to send me a personal note …

Cheney fails to see morals, ethics really keep America safe

Dick Cheney spoke words of wisdom when he stated, “How nice do you want us to be with murderers?” In truth, many of these tortured detainees were not yet tried and convicted, but Cheney said they were murderers, so I guess they must have been. …

Obama library should not be allowed on Chicago park land

I read with great interest Lynn Sweet’s Wednesday column: “Friends of the Parks: No park land for Obama library.” The ceding of public land for private purposes (also think of the Lucas Museum here) is something that should be above “public discussion”; it should be …

Using torture on terror suspects doesn’t work, must end

In all the yapping from the conservative pundits saying releasing the Senate torture report just encourages hatred of Americans is a dangerous naïveté that reveals how clueless Americans are about what is being done in their names. Our use of torture is well known throughout …

Thank you for a poignant vignette

Thank you for publishing Harry Mark Petrakis’ poignant vignette Saturday. It was a welcome relief from the seemingly endless string of corruption, scandals, murder and international conflict dominating the news these days. Thanks to the Sun-Times, I have discovered a wonderful author. I would welcome …

Instead of inviting Bloomberg, enforce gun laws

Contrary to what the Sun-Times thinks, Chicago does not need Michael Bloomberg and his paid volunteers. How about just enforcing some of the strictest firearm legislation in the country? For a city without gun stores, the idea that more restrictions are going to affect violent …

Your votes, not candidates’ money, matter most in mayoral election

I was both touched and troubled by Dan Mihalopoulos’ Dec. 3 piece on me, “Gadfly’s about-face changes complexion of mayoral race.” Calling someone a “gadfly” is actually high praise. The original “gadfly,” Socrates, once said society needs someone to “sting them and whip them into …

A minor crime punished  with death

I am white. I am upset about the recent grand jury decision to not charge the police officer who put Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold. What good will body cameras for police officers be if a video showing a man being tossed to the …

Giving ordinary citizens their say

When asked about the flood of big money into the mayoral election after contribution limits were lifted, Mayor Emanuel told reporters on Tuesday: “You’ve had your chance. I’m gonna have my chance to have my say.” The mayor missed the point — no one is …