I find it shameful that armed people can occupy and destroy a national wildlife refuge because they claim they cannot profit from the land, and then they are acquitted. But Native Americans are violently dispersed because they are protesting a pipeline that will endanger their basic human right to clean water. If we allow profits to take precedence over a basic human need in North Dakota, I feel we will also lose our right to clean water in the Great Lakes. Everyone around the Great Lakes needs to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.
John Imperial, Rogers Park
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Still a teenager?
I would like to see Donald Trump’s birth certificate. Oh, I’m willing to concede that he is a natural-born citizen, but there is also a clause in the Constitution that states you must be at least 35 years old to be elected president. The way this man rants on social media makes me wonder if he has made it beyond his teen years. These are the kinds of things young people will do when miffed or upset. I would expect far more from the man who will become one of the most powerful men in the world. I hope Mr. Trump cools his impulsive temper and does not earn the reputation in history as the “child president.”
Daniel Pupo, Bellwood
Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are determined to scrap environmental regulations, increase the extraction and burning of fossil fuels and eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency.
Why is it that conservatives don’t seem to actually want to conserve anything?
Daniel Welch, Glen Ellyn
Give someone else the Nobel
“Bob Dylan won’t be traveling to Stockholm to pick up his 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature at the ceremony Dec. 10.”
Mr. Dylan’s response: “He wishes he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible.”
Really? What’s more open than receiving the Nobel Prize? Open heart surgery?
I think they should give the prize to someone else who actually appreciates the honor.
Doug Dancer, Belmont Cragin