President Trump’s impeachment trial must do justice and get to the truth

We will not rise to our gravest challenges unless our government passes this test.

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President Pro Tempore of the Senate Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa., swears in Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as the presiding officer for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump

President Pro Tempore of the Senate Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa., swears in Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as the presiding officer for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

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On Tuesday, every U. S. senator has the opportunity to properly serve their constituents by staying true to their oath to “do impartial justice.”

Whether one believes the impeachment trial is a sham or a constitutional effort to preserve our governing institutions, the proceedings will determine if our government possesses the slightest shred of respect for the American people. Despite the long-winded diatribes of self-proclaimed media experts and shameless political partisans, this impeachment trial is far bigger than President Trump, the Democrats or the 2020 election.

You may stand firmly alongside President Trump or be his most adamant detractor. Regardless, every patriotic American should take time to understand the gravity of the oath administered by Chief Justice John Roberts.

We will not rise to our gravest challenges — climate change, victory against theocratic fascism, economic empowerment of every American and preservation of individual rights — unless our government passes this test of impartial justice and duty to the truth.If we lose the truth, we have lost our way.

Henry J. H. Wilson, Barrington

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Plastics ban will hurt business

It’s not the plastics, it’s the people.Blaming plastic for litter is like blaming the fork for people being overweight.

Time to stop putting unreasonable costs and burdens on business and consumers in order to pander to tree-hugger’s pipe dreams.

Earl Weiss, Uptown

Make it easier to get around downtown

Madam Mayor, please look within your city planning department. If city legislation does not require downtown building owners to place their address on the facade of their buildings, then I suggest a change in the law is in order and a healthy fine imposed.

Having worked downtown for 40-plus years, I know the city very well, and I find it very difficult to locate certain unmarked buildings. Furthermore, if you pass your stop by just one building, due to the one-way streets you must make an illegal U-turn or go around four more blocks to get back to your destination, creating even more congestion. Check it out.

As a side note, perhaps you might consider giving a little slack to Uber, Lyft and cab drivers. As a group, those drivers put a lot of revenue into the city coffers and move thousands every single day. One driver told me he had 14 trips downtown, and his net earnings were less than the city and special use taxes. Imagine that. A driver works for eight hours and takes home less than the city. What’s wrong with this picture?

Donald R. Bono, Chicago

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