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Money talks in politics

As large contributions pour into political campaigns, frequently funding negatives ads, even casual followers of politics probably realize those who give the most get the most back from government, often to the disadvantage of ordinary people. Exhibit A is casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who gave …

Many aldermen mistreat animals — and constituents

Too many Chicago aldermen, but not all, are so entrenched and arrogant; they are too brazen to allow impartial investigations of their morally dubious activities. These are the same wealthy and inhumane individuals who voted against banning foie gras in Chicago even though all the …

Quinn had chance, now let’s move on

Neil Steinberg has written many columns I have admired and agreed with. But his column Wednesday on the election of Pat Quinn is not one of them. Illinois is in the worst shape ever. The state’s bond rating is as low as ever, companies are …

Raise the minimum wage to lift Illinois children out of poverty

The child poverty rate in Illinois has increased from 16 percent in 2005 to 21 percent in 2012. Five years ago, only 30 percent of revenue for public elementary-secondary education in Illinois came from state sources — the lowest share among the 50 states. Unfortunately, …

Endorsement  ignores Quinn’s accomplishments

Looks like your editorial board has chosen ruthlessness and greed over reform and compassion in your promise-breaking endorsement of Bruce Rauner for governor. In the process, you have denigrated Gov. Pat Quinn, the one man who has actually accomplished more government reform than any other …

‘Justice’ in the eye of the beholder

“Justice” is an understandable-sounding wish for parents when their son is brutally murdered [“Victims’ parents vow to see justice done,” news story, Oct. 1]. Nevertheless, the concept of seeking justice to be done is a frustrating one, because justice is never the outcome of a …

Young Nobel recipient should inspire all wayward U.S. teens

Kudos to Malala Yousafzai, latest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Yes! Education can change the world. I hope every American teenage dropout is paying attention. Malala almost lost her life in her struggle for education. The world’s progressive countries require all children to fulfill …

Campaign donations don’t pass smell test

Campaign donations by the wrong people are nothing more than bribe money, a bigger threat to our future than Ebola. Is there any reason that Rahm Emanuel accepted donations from United and American airline employees who don’t live here and can’t even vote, other than …

Money speaks loudly for Rauner

If Bruce Rauner can buy being governor in 2015 for $15 million in 2014, how much would it cost him to buy becoming president in 2016? Bud Besser, Glenview Higher minimum not a solution Raising the minimum wage as advocated by the Sun-Times [“Time to …

Regardless of politics, Lewis should be in city’s thoughts, prayers

As a cancerous brain tumor survivor, I was quite shocked to see the front page about Karen Lewis on Tuesday. Regardless of political and personal views of Ms. Lewis, we need to keep her and her family in our thoughts and prayers. Julie Miklos, Clearing …

Ebola real threat  to America

If you were the principal of a school and a fire broke out in the basement, would you evacuate the school? Or would you say that the fire is in one location away from the student body and we can keep it under control? Ebola …

Great expectations for CSO

The outstanding Chicago Symphony Orchestra recently announed the selection of its new president and CEO, Jeff Alexander, the former head of Florida’s Vancouver Symphony Society. His credentials — musical, professional and organizational — are said to be excellent. Our beloved orchestra, probably the nation’s greatest, …

Elections best way to fill judgeships

The Sun-Times reported on the candidacy of attorney Robert Kuzas, who is running to be elected from Cook County’s majority black seventh subcircuit. Mr. Kuzas is a white man who, according to the Sun-Times, leased an apartment on the downtown edge of the subcircuit. His …

Festival disrespectful to Chicago fire victims

How absurd to possibly encourage pyromania by parading burning buildings on the Chicago River. Respect for the damages sustained and lives lost in fires throughout the history of our great city should be shown by the promotion of fire prevention techniques. What message should be …

City Hall’s inaction on interest-rate swaps is indefensible

Banks misrepresented risks when they sold Chicago expensive financial instruments known as interest-rate swaps. These toxic deals have left the city and Chicago Public Schools on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars. Although parents and teachers have called on the mayor to take …