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Letters to the Editor

Submissions from Chicago Sun-Times readers weighing in on issues facing the city and its residents.

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The hijacking of an American tragedy

The death of George Floyd is a bona fide reason for marching in the streets. But enter the Law of Unintended Consequences.

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How racist are we, Naperville? What can we do to change?

I implore you, city council, to use your offices to do good and make positive change possible.

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LETTERS: More than ever, public schools need librarians

Children need to learn not only to read but also to distinguish facts from falsehoods, a skill librarians teach. 

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My father’s story, as a Chicago Police officer, is not fairly told

He told me he was spit on too many times to count, had a bottle thrown at him and had a bag of urine thrown at him.

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Mail-in voting requires fewer poll workers to put their lives at risk from COVID-19

In the Wisconsin primary in April, so many poll workers dropped out because of the pandemic that the number of polling places in Milwaukee had to be reduced from 180 to just 5.

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Baseball players and team owners must cut a deal or risk losing fans for good

Very few fans will support the game going forward if this season is cancelled over money.

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Sun-Times’ editorial defending landmark district plan for Pilsen is ‘pie in the sky’

The city simply cannot afford what it would take to help Pilsen residents afford to live in a landmark district. I sought, instead, a middle-ground solution.

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Don’t blame Chicago’s top cop for Memorial Day weekend gun violence

When Police Supt. David Brown was sworn in, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she "got her man." Are we to believe now that he’s not her man?

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Better parenting is a must even as we address every other reason for violence in Chicago

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Chicago ‘coach house ordinance’ threatens neighborhoods with overcrowding, noise, rats and higher taxes

Supporters claim the aim is to increase the amount of affordable housing, but it’s really about making money for developers.

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My brother, a Chicago police officer, was murdered 10 years ago — and this is what I know now

In his honor of all the people murdered in the last decade, here are a few thoughts from a black Chicagoan and member of a police family on this most devastating of milestones.

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Mail-in elections compromise security and privacy

We have no way of knowing if every ballot reaches the person intended or who is filling it out.

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I just wanted a normal senior year, like the rest of the Class of 2020

‘We’re missing out on the last weeks of schools, and we won’t get to celebrate with our friends and families. The pandemic will be what people remember — not our hard work and success."

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Yes, unemployed workers are angry, but Trump is not their savior

He’s willing to play Russian roulette with everyone’s lives, including the lives of all those workers he cares so much about.

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With careful planning, we can resume essential religious gatherings

If big-box stores can space out their customers to keep social distance, churches can do so as well.

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How to crack down on COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes

The first step is to evacuate coronavirus-infected residents from the lowest-rated facilities until the virus is contained or they recover.

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Daily COVID-19 death tally in Illinois fails to account for other health and economics costs

I had root canal surgery. Then my endodontist’s office was closed. Unsurprisingly, my tooth cracked and became infected.

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I fear my mother will be a casualty of the rigid rules of social distancing

Pre-quarantine, I visited my mother twice a day in our retirement home. Now her health is growing worse.

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Future COVID-19 vaccine will be effective only if we insist on its widespread use

"Vaccine hesitancy" has many bases. Among them are religious and ethical concerns, anti-scientific and anti-medical biases and conspiracy theories.

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New development in Koschman case calls for an explanation from Dan Webb

What’s going here? Did Webb deceive the public? Is Michael Daley not a member of the Daley family?

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Here’s how Chicago can provide relief for renters who can’t pay

If the city was ready to use McCormick Place for those sick with the coronavirus, it can use public places to house renters.

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Time to reopen Illinois? You go first

Feel free to risk your own personal health on a daily basis. And let’s see you do it for $15 an hour.

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Trump cashes in on pandemic stimulus checks being sent to you

The president’s reelection campaign is benefiting from the distribution of an estimated $293 billion in taxpayer-provided stimulus funds, with postage and mailing costs paid by the IRS.

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Essential workers include those who clean our wastewater to protect our environment during pandemic

MWRD essential staff, like other essential workers, come in and perform their duties despite the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

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Medical couriers need — and deserve — safety supplies

Couriers are in and out of hospitals, picking up prescriptions and life-saving cancer treatment drugs and delivering tissue samples and test results.

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Release ‘voluntary statements’ collected in probe of David Koschman’s death

Will special prosecutor Dan Webb be any more forthcoming with information in the Jussie Smollett investigation?

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Vote for ranked-choice ballots

It’s the best way to make elections more fair.

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Mayor Lightfoot’s ‘solidarity pledge’ is a slap in the face to Chicago renters

This nonbinding and totally unenforceable pledge allows landlords to say they’ll go easy on tenants while providing no substantive, universal relief.

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Pritzker must notify crime victims every time he releases a prisoner because of COVID-19

The governor has granted clemency to more than 1,000 convicts, including at least 64 murderers, to stop the spread of COVID-19. He has done so without notice to crime victims or their surviving family members.

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Illinois ‘fair map’ plans for Legislature and Congress unfair to Latinos

The current legislative maps empower Latinos to elect leaders who truly represent our best interests.

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Better ways to make the Chicago River a ‘natural, blue-green corridor’ for all of us

It would benefit people in every community regardless of socio-economic status.

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Illinois graduated income tax should be a bipartisan no-brainer

The pandemic has shone a light on income inequality. A fair tax would help fix the problem.