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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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More pathways needed for work authorization for immigrants

Currently, those applying for asylum need to wait a year until they receive their work permit. Because of this wait, many immigrants end up working in unsafe conditions to support themselves and their families.

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Require vaccine mandates at agencies with DCFS contracts

Like the children served by day care centers, many of the children who live in DCFS-contracted group homes and residential placements are under age 12 and cannot be vaccinated yet.

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Our tax dollars should be used to support residents in need, not as a billion-dollar insurance policy for developers

Investments toward child care assistance, affordable housing and access to health care — not handouts to developers — are what will truly help Illinois families and communities thrive.

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Women matter. Women’s sports matter. Now put on the game

It seemed that the success of the Chicago Sky — and the WNBA at large — had generated at least some interest among the public. So why was it so hard to find a sports bar that would air any of the playoff games?

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Carbon pricing would reduce emissions, boost economy

A strong, economy-wide price on carbon could reduce America’s carbon pollution by 50% by 2030, putting us on track to reach net zero by 2050.

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‘Never-vaxxers’ should be swayed to get shots with same ‘unscientific’ reasons they embrace to avoid them

If they believe one set of outrageous expectations, maybe they’ll believe an equally outrageous set of expectations that can work to their own good, and the nation’s. Call it fighting fire with fire.

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Response to what happened at Marist High School dance is disappointing

We need all parents in America to teach their children that America’s diversity is its greatest strength, and no American deserves to feel lesser than for any reason.

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Where does Police Supt. David Brown stand on vaccine mandate?

One of the most prominent voices who should be heard from is silent.

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A few questions for those conservatives so eager to cut the pensions of government employees

If all you’re doing is cutting costs at the expense of lives and futures, I don’t see public sector workers accepting that. Nor would it have my support.

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We have entered the Twilight Zone of vaccine truth and consequences

Even as health care workers struggle to care for patients — unquestionably a science-based endeavor—some of them are refusing a free treatment that overwhelmingly prevents hospitalization and death.

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An unfair allegation of racism at Marist High School

I asked my kids, who are students at the school, and learned that many teens at the homecoming dance sat or knelt during songs they didn’t like. But they also danced to many other Latin songs.

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Chicago police union leader pushing a ‘21 century blue flu’

John Catanzara doesn’t have his union members’ best interests at heart when he fights a vaccine mandate.

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A stolen election? Seriously? Then Trump and all Republican leaders are incompetent fools

Only an idiot could be cheated on such a grand scale and not be able to find a shred of real proof.

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Any new Bears stadium should be designed for emergency use in times of crisis

When Hurricane Katrina hammered New Orleans in 2005, the Superdome was found to be totally inadequate to house the thousands of people who sought shelter there.

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How Jesuits opened their doors to homeless immigrants after the Great Chicago Fire

In 1871, the city’s official Relief Society decided which Chicagoans were "worthy" of aid, leaving thousands of immigrants to fend for themselves.

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The very real Tony Bennett, not the fictional Tony Soprano, is what being Italian American is all about

Why are fictional Italians who behave like violent Neanderthals considered more "authentic" than living legends like Bennett?

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No billionaire, only economic justice, can ever make Chicago a safer city

No one person, not even Ken Griffin — a billionaire 21 times over — can do enough to solve societal problems such as entrenched poverty, unlimited guns and hopelessness.

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Chicago violence was a long time coming

Previous elected officials loved to blame the victim as we witnessed economic devastation in mostly communities of color.

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Billionaire Ken Griffin tells hard truth about Chicago and Illinois

No wonder he’s packing his tent and likely moving his company.

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It takes ‘more than a note from a doctor’ for a veteran to qualify for a disability rating

It’s also important to stress that the majority of veterans who receive disability ratings are average income earners or retirees, not high income earners.

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No vaccine shot, no insurance coverage

Impose this rule — no shot means no insurance — and I suspect many selfish and irresponsible people will finally get the shot.

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Maybe Michelle Obama had to leave the South Side to find ‘culture,’ but I sure didn’t

At the Regal Ballroom, we saw the Temptations, James Brown, Stevie Wonder and hundreds of others. As far as art, we had the Hyde Park Art Center.

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All aldermen, unions should back safe and effective vaccines

It seems the primary motivation fueling the political conversation against vaccinations is the power struggle between the conflicting parties.

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Those who may have been abused at Northwestern frat houses are not about to move on

Incidents like those alleged at Northwestern have been going on for decades. Maybe we are finally giving women permission to report them.

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Bring back the chance of parole in Illinois

Columnist Neil Steinberg makes an excellent point: People and societies are always changing, and we always have room to develop our better selves.

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National fee on carbon emissions best way to fight climate change

The money could be returned to power utility consumers, spurring innovation and a transition to cleaner fuels.

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Calls for the legalization of drugs ignore the science

Legalizing drugs will not eliminate illegal drug sales because the reverse is true.

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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?