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Boehner leaves out key sentence when ripping Obama on immigration

As U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, continues to admonish President Barack Obama for taking executive action on the immigration bill, he neglects to tell the media one sentence: “I have the bill but I won’t let the House of Representatives vote on it.” Verna …

Stray animals get short end of city cost-cutting

Poor little cats and dogs that are unlucky enough to land in City Animal Control may not have even five days to get adopted. To save a few dollars, the mayor has cut their opportunity to three measley days. Kathie Newhouse, Hyde Park Loud intersection …

Metra engineers, conductors do a great job for riders

The Chicago Sun-Times, without any evidence, insinuates that Metra engineers and conductors are overpaid because we use a century-old pay structure that other commuter railroads no longer use [“Money Train,” Nov. 12]. You demean these employees by portraying them as members of some exclusive club …

Obama hasn’t abandoned bipartisanship

Apparently letter writer Don O’Keefe fails to read your newspaper or watch TV to get an accurate account on President Obama’s bipartisanship effort. Since the beginning of his term he has tried to work with the GOP to pass bills, etc. but has been blocked …

Dikta out of line on Adrian Peterson

Coach Mike Ditka said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is out of line for suspending Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, and that Peterson deserves a second chance. Really, Coach? This macho sentiment may work in an NFL locker room, but not when raising a 4-year-old child. …

Obama all wrong on immigration reform, bipartisanship

The obvious flaws in your editorial urging the President to use executive authority to address illegal aliens are the fact you are encouraging unconstitutional actions (from a former constitutional law professor), and the bald-faced lies that Obama has ever been conciliatory towards the GOP or …

Byrne changed public housing

Although I was in law school at the time, Mayor Jane Byrne’s move to Cabrini-Green made an indelible impression. Later, when I became chief executive of the Chicago Housing Authority, I appreciated even more the need to focus attention on the challenges facing public housing …

Closing schools isn’t way to improve teaching

I am a retired Chicago Public Schools teacher. I was proud to have served the children, and I had pride in the leadership for more than 39 years. In recent years, CPS teachers have been called nonproductive failures. Now more schools are closed and replaced …

Truck parking lot is better site for George Lucas Museum

Re: “A good [Lucas Museum] lakefront debate is welcomed” [Editorial, Friday]: Since when does a federal court case involve public participation? If the State of Illinois is the controlling owner of the land, Madigan/Cullerton/any governor can act faster than you can blink to empower the …

Lucas Museum will move  Chicago forward

Chicago is an iconic city because of its skyscrapers, architecture and museums. The Lucas Museum would move Chicago forward by adding an attraction that will bring tourism and youth to our city. In 1973, when steps were put in place to protect building on the …

Pot dispensary  would be positive for Lake View

I found one of the resident’s primary arguments against the proposed medical cannabis dispensary in Lake View to be pretty nonsensical and baseless [“East Lake View Neighbors approve medical marijuana dispensary,” Nov. 11]. Incredibly high security and positive-impact studies aside, the woman seems to not …

Good grades, attendance beat standardized test scores

I work at an organization, Communities In Schools of Chicago, whose purpose is to ensure that the city’s public school students graduate from high school prepared to succeed. I was, therefore, very interested in your Monday editorial, “Grades, Before Test Scores, Hold the Secret to …

Money wasted on standardized tests

When the Sun-Times editorial for Monday declared “it’s not all about the test scores, stupid,” it meant STANDARDIZED test scores. Veteran teachers don’t need a University of Chicago study to tell them that attendance and grades best predict student success. All the money that has …

Nuclear energy deserves to compete on equal footing

The Sun-Times’ recent editorial rehashes common misconceptions about the challenges facing Illinois’ nuclear power plants and how the state could address them [“Exelon must make case for bailout,” Nov. 6]. Let us first state definitively: We are not seeking a so-called “bailout” for unprofitable nuclear …

Banks will get the better of preschool financing plan

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s bank financing plan for early childhood education was easily passed by the City Council’s yes men, with only five dissenting votes. That this plan has been compared to the parking meter privatization deal is an indication that it is business as usual …