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Forum: NRA oversimplifies issue

Updated: February 10, 2013 6:16PM



The National Rifle Association uses a slogan that says, in effect, that if a good guy has a gun, then the bad guy gets shot.

Do they think that all the gunshot victims in Chicago were bad guys? I’m sure a lot of them weren’t even in a gang.

My prayer for this year is that society will find a way to convince children and adults that being in a street gang is not a good thing.

I also pray that schools will become safe as they once were. It would be really nice if the students’ only fears were tests instead of crazed killers.

Carl F. Rollberg

Calumet Park

Firefighter heroes

According to some Speak Out contributors, firefighters and police officers are nothing special and don’t deserve any special attention. Putting their lives on the line doesn’t mean anything either.

Well, the shooting incident in upstate New York in which volunteer firefighters were ambushed and two were killed and two wounded proves that wrong.

Anyone willing to rush to your home for any kind of emergency is a hero, and they never know what kind of dangerous situation they are going to face. Let’s knock off putting down people who help other people of their own free will.

Marilyn Cummings

Tinley Park

Kirk gains empathy, sort of

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who has returned to the Senate after a year’s absence to recover from a serious stroke, says his experience with the health care system will prompt him to examine the Illinois Medicaid program more closely because he understands that, had he been limited to the 11 rehabilitation visits to which its beneficiaries are limited, “I would have had no chance to recover like I did.”

He says he is “much more focused on what my fellow citizens face.” However, he also says he still would not have endorsed Obamacare.

Sen. Kirk’s heightened empathy for low-income stroke survivors is admirable. But I wonder why he’s focusing only on Medicaid coverage? And why only for stroke survivors?

Does Sen. Kirk consider stroke survivors somehow more deserving of excellent health care than people being treated for other serious conditions? Does he consider people who, for any number of reasons, lack health insurance to be less deserving of good health care than he is?

I congratulate Sen. Kirk on his recovery and commend him on his tenacity. But we’ll know he has truly developed empathy for his “fellow citizens” when he supports policies that give everyone access to the top-notch care he has been fortunate enough to receive.

Jessica Hinterman

Park Forest

Playing Chicago Monopoly

Regarding the proposed sale of Midway Airport, where will this go next? Will we then sell Rogers Park and Pilsen?

I can see investors trading Avondale and Bridgeport for Lincoln Park. Hey, that reminds me of a famous board game.

Walter A. Fydryck

Chicago



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