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Wednesday letters: Cops in training should work in schools

A Sun-Times letter writer suggests that police officers in training be assigned to work in neighborhood schools, as a way of improving community relations.

Regarding police and public relations in Chicago: Would it be such a bad idea to have new recruits work in the neighborhood schools that they will be dispatched to before they take to the streets as official cops? If the police and neighbors have a little history good or bad, it would be a start to getting to know each other better. Maybe the local kids would get to see the better side of police work and learn to respect officers in uniform at an early age. Maybe some of the “problem kids” officers encounter would then be kids they already know. Maybe someone is reading this and cringing and the very idea , but where do we all start out? School.

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Pat Kennedy, Mt greenwood

I was struck by today’s front-page teaser headline: “Charles Walgreen III: From Stock Boy to CEO of Walgreens.” Talk about pulling oneself up by one’s own bootstraps! Mr. Walgreen’s inspiring tale of upward mobility reminds me of the meteoric rise of Donald Trump up through the ranks of the Trump real estate empire, which early on recognized his unique talents. I am glad that in this day and age such real-life Horatio Alger stories are still possible.

Hugh Iglarsh, Skokie