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Updated: April 8, 2013 7:50AM



After reading about another proposed sports complex in Washington Park on the South Side of Chicago, I am more convinced than ever about the initiative of Jim Garrett, president of the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau, to bring a multipurpose sports complex to the Southland.

Jobs, entertainment and sales tax revenue would increase for the Southland from the legions of players, coaches and their families who would use these facilities.

As an NFL umpire, coach and father of athletes, we’ve participated at similar complexes around the country and spent a small fortune for hotels, travel, food and fees. I’ve also organized major tournaments at the mega sportsplex in Blaine, Minn., and have seen the economic benefits that such sports complexes can provide for their communities.

As they said in the movie “Field of Dreams,” “build it, and they will come.”

Tony Michalek

NFL umpire No. 115

Evergreen Park

No need for more gun laws

I am a law-abiding citizen and responsible gun owner. I am saddened by the tragic events in Newtown, Conn., but
I believe that efforts to impose new
restrictions on me and other lawful and responsible owners like me are misguided.

Did you know that violent crime with firearms has declined since the federal “assault weapons ban” expired in 2004? The conversation and focus among gun control advocates should be on strengthening mental health care and improving the quality of data supporting background checks for gun purchases and ownership.

Do not pass more gun laws, but work
to enforce the laws already on the
books.

“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” — Richard Henry Lee

Pierre Zoe

Chicago

Scapegoating police, McCarthy

I see that certain members of the Chicago City Council’s Black Caucus are calling for police Supt. Garry McCarthy to significantly reduce violent crime in their neighborhoods and threatening his job if he doesn’t quickly do so.

Rather than call out their constituents who allow their children to run the streets and join gangs early in life, these aldermen instead blame the police when these same constituents indiscriminately shoot and kill each other.

I guess it’s safer for these aldermen to point the finger of blame at McCarthy than at the people whom they purport to represent — the same folks whose votes they’ll be seeking in the next election. They don’t want to offend possible voters, so instead they pick an easy target, the police.

Though he seems a capable and effective leader, it looks like McCarthy’s days may be numbered. Who will be the next sacrificial lamb?

William J. Desmond

Chicago’s Beverly community



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