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Updated: June 6, 2013 7:08AM



I wonder how many people caught President Barack Obama’s chilling words to Planned Parenthood when he exclaimed “God Bless you, Planned Parenthood,” while on a visit there April 25 in Washington, D.C.

He is the first president to publicly praise this organization, which is the biggest abortion provider in the U.S. and that runs off taxpayer money and rakes in profits.

Obama’s words the week before at the April 18 Boston Prayer Service seemed much more incongruent when he said, “In the face of those who would visit death upon innocents, we will choose to save and to comfort and to heal.”

When he asked God’s blessing upon Planned Parenthood, how is that different than invoking a blessing upon a murderer? If Obama is so fond of this organization, please let it be without my tax dollars.

Susan Hope

Homer Glen

An irksome double standard

The president, many other politicians, celebrities and corporate executives are protected by security people with guns. However, when it comes to the same thing for regular citizens, we’re supposed to accept a sign that says, “This is a gun-free zone.”

That’s until some lunatic goes on a killing rampage. Then these same politicians who demand security details start screaming, “Ban all guns.” Is that a double standard or what?

Blaming the NRA for gun violence is like blaming the AAA Motor Club for drunken drivers. Ridicuous!

Lawful citizens own guns for three reasons: Hunting, protection and recreation like trap shooting. If their right to own guns is taken away, only the gangsters and lunatics will have them to continue their carnage.

Bob Schaack

Oak Forest

Black community shares blame

Over the past several weeks, we have heard criticism of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Supt. Garry McCarthy for their failure to be able to stem gang violence. At least one alderman has decried the use of “New York tactics” to combat Chicago street crime.

Really? Blaming the mayor and the police is utterly ridiculous. What about the high out-of-wedlock birthrate in our community? Part of the problem is us, Black America. Our leaders, with some notable exceptions, have been silent too long, and the violence in our neighborhoods is getting worse.

Why are our children killing our children? What did we do wrong? What is our responsibility for the violence? Why are too many black men fathering children and leaving? If we are not parenting our children, then why are city officials to blame for gang killings?

We can’t keep on playing the race card without taking responsibility for our children’s actions. What sort of employment opportunity is society supposed to have available to a 17-year-old mother without a high school diploma? Is it racism or is it the result of her (and our) choices?

Kevin Suddoth

Matteson



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