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Forum: Glad to see Leno go

Updated: April 27, 2013 6:43AM



I want to express my delight about the latest fight for the “Tonight Show” throne that is about to occur at NBC. In its recent history, “The Tonight Show” has been far more entertaining as a Shakespearean epic of Machiavellian backstabbing than it has as a talk show.

In today’s nightmarish pop culture, in which the creation of tabloid villains through the Internet has given us “Kardashianism,” I think Jay Leno has largely avoided his justly deserved Hollywood venom reserved for the worst of Tinseltown fakes.

Leno is a figure that I love to hate because of his reprehensible methods of becoming the king of late night. The whole “Late Shift” story about how Leno ascended into Johnny Carson’s chair over Dave Letterman through shadowy backroom intrigue is really the best example of how ugly and brutal show business is.

One would think that the details surrounding this story would drive people away from Leno’s lame comedy, but he became a huge success — to the point where he was able to resurrect his career even after throwing his protege, Conan O’Brien, under the bus.

I don’t know what will happen when Jimmy Fallon takes over as “Tonight Show” host, but I expect Leno to cause more backstage drama. It will be the entertainment story of 2013, and it will be satisfying to finally see Jay Leno retire to his Xanadu of classic cars.

Michael Kocher

Oak Forest

Adam and Eve believer

I am not qualified to speak scientifically, but I do not accept humans evolving from lower life forms. I believe in the whole nine yards — God and His creations, which include Adam and Eve, Jesus Christ and life everlasting.

Jeff Robertson’s March 11 letter to Forum advocates evolution theory. He has a right to choose and voice his opinions, but I take issue with his reference to setting a bad example for our children by telling them about Adam and Eve (just a story he says).

Is it better for our children to think that the human race evolved from lower life forms or that a loving and merciful God created them as unique individuals? Life brings many challenges. God is always there for us in time of trials. Let us aspire to instill hope in the hearts of our children. Let us inspire them to lead a life of purpose.

Marlene Jeziorski

Oak Lawn

CPS shell game

Am I alone in finding it difficult to locate the shell that contains the school in which the children are hidden?

The Chicago Public Schools Board says there are about 100,000 more seats than children in its schools and 54 schools must be closed. But under a different shell, the board is opening new charter schools, funded by those same precious dollars.

Use your tax dollars to place a bet on shell 1 or 2. If you win, you’ll be paid off from tax dollars collected from the Chicago casino!

Frank Moriarty

Chicago Ridge



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