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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens as Chicago Public Schools board President David Vitale speaks during a press conference at Sexton School at 6020 S. Langley announcing that Chicago schools will start the year with a Full School Day at seven hours in elementary schools and 7.5 hours in High Schools. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: August 20, 2013 6:41AM



I’m writing to express my outrage at the Jacksons’ abuse of their government positions, and Jesse Jackson Jr.’s audacity to claim that he’s sick and disabled and deserves a lenient sentence.

This will cause people who legitimately suffer from mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder to be unfairly scrutinized and judged.

If elected officials like the Jacksons break the law, in any state, they should serve the time like any other criminal.

Our elected officials need to stop political corruption and put an end to serious issues such as childhood hunger and child abuse now!

Tina Collins Outland

Frankfort

Butt out, Bloomberg

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, why don’t you take care of your city and stop trying to control everything that’s going on in every other state?

I think it’s looking like Mr. Bloomberg is trying to control the United States. Mr. Bloomberg, keep your money out of my state government.

Mark Freedom

Orland Park

Welfare abuse harms truly needy

A writer to Forum recently stated that people who suggest there is abuse of the welfare system are not compassionate. In fact, the opposite is true.

Many recognize that the current system is so rife with abuse that funds for the truly needy are at risk of drying up. And nothing exemplifies this abuse as clearly as the fact that Jessie Jackson Jr. now receives $8,700 a month in Social Security disability payments, claiming a mental disorder made him steal about $750,000 over several years from his campaign fund.

Talk about having no shame. Years ago, the comedian Flip Wilson had a recurring skit ending, “The devil made me do it!” It was laughable back then. Little did we know he was looking into the future.

We can draw a straight line from a lack of personal responsibility and all its manifestations, such as children being raised in fatherless homes, to the sorry state of our nation today.

Matt Korzeniowski

Tinley Park

Rahm’s strange view

It appears that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel believes that Chicago’s concealed-carry rules should be different from those in downstate Illinois because of all the gun violence in the city during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The excessive violence in the city was not committed by the good citizens of Chicago interested in protecting themselves.

Making concealed carry in Chicago more restrictive will only give a greater advantage to the criminal element that has and will continue to plague the city.

John F. Livaich

Oak Lawn



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