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Updated: February 4, 2013 9:12PM



I agree with Phil Kadner’s comment in his Dec. 12 column on the concealed-carry court ruling that “something really bad has happened to our society.” We like to fool ourselves into believing that this is the greatest country in the world. While it once had the potential to be so, in today’s world, and in history, we as a country and a society don’t qualify for consideration.

The fact that every state in America will soon allow citizens to carry concealed firearms is just the latest of a multitude of examples of why America is, among the so-called civilized countries of the world, the most violent.

I’m not only speaking of what is going on in this society, which is tragic, but also about the many millions of people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and many other nations who have, over many decades, suffered so greatly because of our predisposition to violence.

The truth hurts and is hard to accept, but that is the reality of what this country has become. I commend Phil Kadner for continuing to write columns that most people in the news business would never touch.

And I really like his suggestion for a Christmas gift, Peace on Earth. I only wish that we one day get serious about taking positive steps to achieve it.

Ken Vrshek

Frankfort

The Grinches are winning

The Grinches are out in full force this year. All over the country, people are trying to put a damper on Christmas for one reason or another.

Nativity scenes that have been displayed in towns for decades are being taken down because one or two people complain that they conflict with their religious beliefs or lack of same. In Alsip recently, a cross on a village water tower next to the Tri-State Tollway that had been shown for many years was removed after a group objected to it.

I’m getting tired of all these assaults on Christmas and also of people backing down and giving in to the protesters. FYI, the phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear anywhere in the U.S. Constitution.

Having said that, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and that also goes for the despondent Grinches who roam among us!

Philip Peffley

Oak Lawn

Why Illinois needs concealed carry

When is it going to be “our turn” to protect ourselves from the thugs, robbers and criminals who prey on us each day?

My friend’s son came here to visit from Washington state and was carjacked at 55th Street and Wentworth Avenue while getting gas. It’s a shame you can’t even get gas without being robbed. And it was a violent carjacking.

This is the kind of place I want to call home? I have a valid firearm owner’s ID card and a concealed-carry permit for Indiana. I cannot protect myself yet in Illinois. In Indiana, at least I feel I have a chance.

Jerome White

Dolton



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