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It’s crazy that we even have to talk about guns in polling places

When will we put a stop to this Wild West mentality that says people should have all the firearms they want and be able to display them anywhere they darn well please? 

A group tied to the Boogaloo Bois holds a rally as they carry firearms at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on Oct. 17. 
A group tied to the Boogaloo Bois holds a rally as they carry firearms at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on Oct. 17. 
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Your editorial in today’s paper regarding guns in polling places was spot-on. What I find even more troubling is that this is an issue that even needs to be discussed.

When will we ever put a stop to this Wild West mentality that says people should have all the guns and high-powered automatic weapons they want and be able to carry them around and display them in public or anywhere else they darn well please?

This is crazy and is the reason our country is less safe when compared to other English- speaking countries around the world and western democracies in general. This certainly isn’t anything envisioned by our founding fathers.

I dare say they would be appalled by the unhealthy and unsafe obsession we have with firearms. When will we bring this madness under control and join the rest of the civilized world?

James E. Marchert, Joliet

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Save your favorite restaurant

The time has come for diners in Chicago and the suburbs to literally step up to the plates. We need to support our favorite restaurants starting now! If you don’t start ordering to-go meals from your favorite joints this week, you better not complain when they are closed at Christmas.

Don Anderson, Oak Park

Mail-in ballots

This election has energized an enormous number of new voters. Also, an enormous amount of established voters, now voting in a new and unfamiliar way, via mail-in ballots.

Where were the public service announcements guiding people on the do’s and don’ts of filling out a mail-in ballot? Yes, I know there are instructions on the ballot itself. It is not enough! I will not be surprised if more than 1 million ballots are rejected. What good is getting out the vote if the vote won’t be counted?

I will be interested to see if a state-by state tally of rejected mail-in ballots is announced. A simple 30-second public service announcement aired during local newscasts would have been very helpful.

Bill McKas, Roselle

Supreme Court misconception

The Sun-Times editorial of Oct. 27 highlights a common misconception of the role of the U.S. Supreme Court. The editorial states: “The Republican-controlled Senate’s recent actions....has stacked the court with justices whose ideological views represent only a small minority of Americans.”

It is not the role of the U.S. Supreme court to represent anything other than the U.S. Constitution. The Supreme Court’s job is to find in favor of the Constitution. They decide whether the issue brought before them is in accordance with the Constitution or not.

Neil Spun, Edgewater