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Friday Letters: Take protest passion to the neighborhoods

Demonstrators calling for an end to gun violence and the resignation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel march through downtown on Dec. 31, 2015. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Kudos to Mary Mitchell for her column on Thursday about the effect young African-American activists have had on the Black Lives Matter movement, as related to the police shooting of Laquan McDonald. However, the number of shootings and killings in the black neighborhoods continues to occur and grow. The real challenge for these same young black activists is to take their passion into these very same neighborhoods and make a difference there in reducing black-on-black crimes. Is it possible for these same activists to make a difference in their own neighborhoods??

Art Carpenter, Garfield Ridge

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The prosecutor and the defense attorney

Why would someone running for the job of Cook County state’s attorney want to be photographed with a well-known defense attorney as one of her prime supporters? If that is not a conflict of interest, I don’t know what is. But this is Cook County, so I guess it is just more of the same old same old.

Neil J. Blum, Glenview

Bombs before guns

North Korea has just tested a hydrogen bomb more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. But on Tuesday, President Obama made some watered-down executive orders on gun control. Does our president have his priorities in order?

Daniel M. Filipek, Mount Prospect

The gov owes CPS

Please correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t our illustrious governor, Bruce Rauner, once pull a fast one to get his daughter into an elite Chicago public school? Possibly Chicago Public School investigators can send him a bill, which he can then pay, putting the money toward the huge school funding shortfall the city is dealing with.

Maria Zajczenko-Varela, Logan Square

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