Regarding Neil Steinberg’s column “McDonald’s goes into reverse” (Sept. 4), it sure looks he has a vendetta against them. Someone must have burned his fries. Does he really think customers care about ambiance? If he wants ambiance, let him go to these new hamburger places that charge $5 and up for a burger. If he wants spicy, let him go to a Mexican restaurant. Too bad, if you don’t like the food. I have been a customer since they opened and the burgers were 15 cents and the fries 10 cents.
Gary S. Kushner, Arlington Heights
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Peace, patriotism win in Iran deal
Thankfully, we won’t be seeing any more of those disgusting, fear and warmongering commercials opposing the Iran nuclear deal now that the deal can go forward in the Middle East. The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) spent tens of millions polluting our airwaves, trying to sabotage the deal with the help of every Republican senator and four Democrats. But peace, decency, common sense and, yes, patriotism prevailed to give not just the president, but every American and every world citizen who values peace over war a victory. I’ve long supported the much lesser known American-Israeli lobbying group J Street, which has been a reasoned, cautious counterweight to AIPAC since its founding in 2008. According to a web search, J Street “supports a new direction for American policy in the Middle East – diplomatic solutions over military ones”, “multilateral over unilateral approaches to conflict resolution” and “dialogue over confrontation” with wider international support.
J Street also spent money lobbying in favor of the deal, about a tenth of what AIPAC spent. Let’s hope American legislators, both enamored and intimidated by AIPAC, will detour left to J Street and expand the peace process in the Middle East.
Walt Zlotow, Glen Ellyn
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