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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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Thompson Center is a gem — preserve it

Few buildings thrill me as much as Thompson Center.

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Patriotism and nobility of impeachment witnesses is inspiring

My growing sense of anguish about the ethical state of our country was replaced by a sense of pride for these public servants selflessly and fearlessly demonstrating the best of American values.

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Ignoring impeachable acts will set a dangerous precedent

The next president to occupy the White House may view them as acceptable and unassailable.

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Chicago’s proposed new minimum wage could put people with disabilities out of work

The mayor’s proposal would require a $14 minimum wage but does not provide resources for organizations to fund the increase.

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Republicans show their hypocrisy during impeachment hearings on President Trump

The ill-tempered performance of several Republicans in the televised impeachment inquiry is totally confusing.

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If commercializing national parks is bad, so is building the Obama Center in Jackson Park

Why validate a 23-story-tall tower replacing hundreds of historic trees in a migrating bird flight path, in a public park designed by the iconic Frederick Law Olmsted?

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Integrating the CTA and Metra is smart move

Today’s Metra’s leadership understands the intertwined destinies of the city and suburbs and supports Preckwinkle’s proposal to integrate the CTA and Metra.

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Ban all flavored tobacco products

Eighty percent of young tobacco users start with a flavored product, which can lead to a nicotine addiction, not to mention chronic health problems or even death.

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When will Hollywood stop beating up on Italian Americans?

Contrary to actual history, Italian Americans have been portrayed as either gangsters, buffoons or gum-chewing bimbos. This tradition continues with Martin Scorsese’s "The Irishman."

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Indefensible ‘tip wage’ hurts workers while subsidizing hotels and restaurants

When a restaurant or hotel employee qualifies for food stamps (or Medicaid), who are we subsidizing?

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Time to bring Trump’s super cop out of hiding

He should have no problem getting the nomination from Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and the entire City Council will vote him in.

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Trump doesn’t care about climate change, but lawmakers from both parties do

In the House and Senate, lawmakers have formed a Climate Solutions Caucus to discuss the problem and work on climate legislation.

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We have a duty, America, to get involved in our nation’s politics

It is our responsibility as citizens to use our votes and our voices to spark change, to uphold the values of the Constitution and democracy.

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If Eddie Johnson retires, Chicago needs a top cop with no ties to the status quo

Only an outsider, without personal loyalties and who owes no favors, can wield the moral authority to make reform stick.

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So pathetic that it takes the Feds to clean up Springfield

It shouldn’t take federal investigations to fix a rotten political system that continually undermines the public trust.

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Give us the proof on Trump’s ‘good and perfect’ phone call to Ukraine’s president

Failing to release it shows there’s probably damaging evidence that would support impeachment.

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Remembering Walter Payton, the greatest Bear — who set a good pick, too

I had the chance to compete with Walter and his Bear buddies in pick-up basketball. Walter loved to tease everyone and always had fun.

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Obama Presidential Center will work for the best of the South Side

South Side youth deserve a place where they can go to feel inspired, empowered and connected. That place should be close to home — not downtown or on the North Side.

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Trump is full of empty bragging about things he’s never accomplished

His fans say he has made American great again, but cannot name a single positive action he has taken.

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When Trump jeered Johnson and other cops cheered, where was that ‘brotherhood of blue’?

Either they agreed with President Trump. Or they were too intimidated to express disagreement.

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Virginia McCaskey, it’s up to you to fix the Bears

These Bears are capable of winning a Super Bowl, but they won’t because of one problem — quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget shows leadership, equity, guts and a lot of smarts

Progressive change doesn’t happen overnight, and the mayor’s doing what she responsibly can with the limitations she has.

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We must find a way to pay for projects like La Casa, the community-based college dorm

La Casa was an affordable "Live, Learn, Thrive" environment that helped many low-income students graduate from college.

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It shouldn’t take a personal connection to care about the opioid epidemic

Fentanyl is one of the main killers within the opioid epidemic — an epidemic I knew little of before my family’s life was mangled by it.

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The Obama Presidential Center will be an inspiration for South Side youth

South Side youth deserve a place where they can go to feel empowered and connected, close to their own homes — not downtown or on the North Side.

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Chicago businesses should recycle water, just like nature intended

Using discarded water for non-drinking purposes would help us sustain our waterways.

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For a more robust Illinois economy, we need better trade deal across North America

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement would open up new markets for Illinois goods and create thousands of new jobs.

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A street named for Marca Bristo? How about justice for people with disabilities first?

The most immediate barrier to liberation for people with disabilities in Chicago is accessible, affordable housing, which Marca fought for.

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Chicago teachers demand an overdue social transformation

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No excusing shooting by Fort Worth Cop

What Aaron Dean did was not surprising given the Fox News-ification of police work, where viewers have come to believe that officers are in deadly peril at every moment.

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Lightfoot abandons Chicago’s progressives

It’s baffling to think the mayor convinced voters that she stood for something different than Emanuel did.

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The north-south divide in public education

Chicago Public Schools need to be revamped to allow the city as a whole to benefit from a great education system.