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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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Don’t kid yourself: e-cigarettes pose a huge threat to millions of Americans

There’s a reason the big tobacco companies are buying up some of the largest vape manufacturers. It isn’t to save lives; it’s to boost profits.

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Honor Daniel Hidalgo — and his sister’s tribute — by getting vaccinated

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Sorry, Mr. Sullum, but there are better ways to quit smoking than turning to e-cigarettes

And the best harm-reducing alternative to smoking, of course, is simply not smoking.

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Chinatown deserves a Chicago ward of its own

For too long, our community’s concerns have been addressed by city officials who do not look or speak like our community.

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Shortage of hospital ICU beds in Southern Illinois is unnerving

Why has this small number of critical care hospital beds in the 20 counties of Southern Illinois gone unaddressed for so long?

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We should be ashamed every time the Capitol needs protection against Americans

Security fencing was reinstalled around the Capitol over the weekend for the "Justice for J6" rally on Saturday. Even those who didn’t vote for Donald Trump should be ashamed.

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Suing gangs won’t end the drug trade — only legalization will

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan is another idea that belongs on the junk pile, like so many failed drug-prohibition ideas before it.

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Health care pandemic heroes deserve a fair paycheck

Everyone who works hard deserves a living wage, paid time off, affordable health care, parental leave and more. But we owe a special debt to those who work in the care economy.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is no longer supreme

Justice Amy Coney Barrett said, "justices must be hyper vigilant to make sure they’re not letting personal biases creep into their decisions." That perception is right on target.

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We’re requiring every employee to get vaccinated — and you should, too

Employers and government agencies have an obligation to do all they can to protect everyone from the devastating effects of COVID-19.

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If we can rally against terrorism, we can rally against dangers of climate change

One solution actually works and has bipartisan support — putting a rising price on carbon fuels at their source.

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How Chicago can spend American Rescue Plan funds to counter domestic violence

Since COVID-19 has arrived, Chicago has seen an unprecedented number of domestic violence survivors reaching out for help.

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U.S. has bungled foreign wars for decades

Columnist S.E. Cupp correctly explained that Joe Biden, like all presidents, can’t just end the wars and reverse the policies of a predecessor. It’s more complicated.

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More money for cops doubles down on a historically failed anti-crime strategy

Chicago has more police officers per capita than most U.S. cities, including Los Angeles. But the city budgets only a tiny portion of money to services for housing and mental health.

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For Black Chicagoans, the pandemic has also revealed a chronic disease crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has become not just an infectious disease outbreak, but a chronic disease crisis.

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Cut the Chicago City Council by half and save a bundle

When Chicago’s ward system was started in 1837, there were only six aldermen — two each for the North, South and West sides.

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‘My father died in the heat wave of 1995 — in the extreme heat brought on by global warming’

Global warming, if we don’t do something about it, will effect everybody’s family.

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A better way to draw ward lines in Chicago

Chinatown it a stellar candidate to get its own ward. But drawing lines along racial lines in general seems less legally valid.

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Right-wing hypocrisy on Texas abortion law

The same people who support the Texas law, denying a woman the right to make her own choices about her body, have complained that we cannot mandate vaccinations or masks.

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To expect the military bring a tidy end to the U.S. presence in Afghanistan was delusional

Whenever our military forces fall short, the attacks begin — with the president the most likely target — for political advantage.

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When our nation’s military must intervene, it never ends well

If there is a local entity with the competence to be our partner in the foreign country, they probably have things under control already and need only our hardware and cash.

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Vaccines are a public health issue — not a union issue

Do you check with your union before you get a tuberculosis test, which is mandatory if you work with children?

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Property tax reform isn’t reform if it helps gentrify Black and Brown communities

We need property tax exemptions for property owners who rent units to long-time tenants, which helps keep people in their homes, preserve communities and avoid displacement.

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Citizenship is more than a ‘demographic characteristic’

The state of Illinois is now providing health insurance to non-citizens. There is a huge cost in this.

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‘To serve and infect’

To police officers who complain that the long-term effects of COVID-19 vaccines "have not been determined," I’d point out that no such studies preceded the introduction of the typhoid vaccine, the smallpox vaccine and the polio vaccine.

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Police are at high risk of catching COVID. So why the reluctance to get vaccinated?

It is time for the police, and any others who are hesitant, to look up the facts, talk to their doctors and get vaccinated.

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We cannot allow mass shootings to become common occurrence in Chicago

No matter how one wishes to define a mass shooting — more than three or four people shot in one incident — one could argue that the label "mass shootings" in Chicago has become more common than the label "terrorism" in the Middle East.

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Suburbs like Cicero work to keep taxes low — but can’t tell other taxing bodies what to do

A new report by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas shows how property taxes — from all taxing bodies — are impacting Hispanic and African American communities.

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Sodexo has done the job to create clean and safe Chicago public schools

"The schools under Sodexo supervision are in significantly better condition than when we arrived and provide the students of CPS an improved environment to learn and succeed," writes Sodexo CEO Steve Dunmore.

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Patriots? Patriots only in a nation of one

You could explore 100 stores in Toronto, where I live, and not find a single soul without a mask. Vaccine take-up has been robust and embraced in general.

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Hospitals must take the lead on vaccine mandates

To see a vaccination rate of only 75% at any hospital is disturbing. This is no way to overcome the vaccine hesitancy.

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If CTA won’t enforce mask policy, Chicagoans won’t ride trains

I have complained to the CTA, asking why the agent in the booth couldn’t monitor passengers more closely, only to be told that the CTA does not want staff to "risk their personal safety."