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Forum: ‘Call to fall’ on Sunday

Updated: July 30, 2013 8:03AM



In 1775, the Continental Congress issued a national call to prayer. During those desperate times, they saw the deep need for colonial Americans to gather together to bend the knee in repentant prayer for our troubled, fledgling nation.

As we approach America’s 237th birthday, we too face extremely difficult and perilous times in our land. We need help! On Sunday, thousands of Americans in churches in every state will join in prayer in a national “call to fall” — a time to fall to our knees in humble repentance and intercession for our nation.

Will you join in and answer the call to pray for our country? May the Lord have mercy on us despite the many ways our nation has turned its back on Him and His word.

Susan Tesauro

Palos Heights

Immigration reform cold politics

U.S. Sen.Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is between a rock and a hard place on the immigration issue, but I would never think the word “reform” should apply to any political bill that’s concerned with votes more than good government.

I suggest that all Americans need a different perception between immigration rights and reality. Citizenship is not for sale or to be used as a bartering tool for politicians. It is not Sen. Kirk who should worry about voters but the president and the Democratic Party in their betrayal of American citizen minorities.

Beware the webs you weave, Congress, they might ensnare you on Election Day. You certainly will not have my vote when your actions harm my fellow citizens of any color. Shame on you for creating one problem that only results in other problems. Our nation is ruled by laws, not by political favors.

Ruth Williams

Oak Forest

Kirk anti-gang plan shortsighted

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is right that “something has to be done” to combat Chicago’s wave of street gang violence, but his plan to spend about $30 million to arrest some 18,000 members of one large gang misses the bigger picture.

There is nothing in his plan to bring jobs and manufacturing back to these blighted and impoverished areas. The best way to combat gang violence and poverty is education and a job. Arrest a gang leader, and there will be another right after him.

I am talking about the kinds of jobs that will deter one from joining a gang — good-paying jobs with benefits and the opportunity to raise a family in a safe environment. In these gang-infested areas, there is little hope for a better life.

Kirk has voted against the jobs bill being promoted in Congress as too expensive. His plan needs to extend further than just arresting gang members. Kirk has taken U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush’s (D-1st) suggestion that he come to these inner-city neighborhoods and speak to the people. Hopefully, he will come with an open mind and an open heart.

Mike Schauer

Joliet



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