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Forum: Burke a hypocrite on guns

Updated: November 7, 2013 6:43AM



Chicago Ald. Ed Burke (14th) has again provided an example of the arrogance of the Chicago political establishment that infuriates so many of us here in Chicago as well as downstate.

After decades of political wrangling, Illinois finally rejected the bullying tactics of the Chicago political machine and joined the other 49 states in recognizing that the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution applies to us as well as the rest of the country.

In blatant disregard of the concealed-carry law, Burke and some aldermanic cronies pushed through a city ordinance to coerce the owners of Chicago restaurants that serve liquor to ban guns from their businesses or risk losing their business licenses.

Hypocrisy compounds the outrageousness of this act of political grandstanding. Burke never enters a restaurant, nor anywhere else for that matter, without armed bodyguards whose salaries are paid by those of us whose rights Burke seeks to deny.

James E. McNally

Chicago

Disgusted over shutdown

So roughly 800,00 “non-essential” federal employees have been furloughed due to the inability of our esteemed president to lead and the inept Democratic-led Senate to work with the House. The blame game is being played on both sides of the political aisle, and there’s plenty of blame to be shared by both parties.

Our once-great nation is being led by a group of individuals who are clueless in handling the business of the people they represent. It is time that the people of this country stand up and take back control of our nation. The government has long forgotten the basis on which our country was founded. It is time that “we the people” remind Congress and the president that tey must uphold the Constitution and not make up the rules as they go along.

The USA has become weak from an inability to govern effectively. Our leaders have the audacity to tell other countries how they should govern their nations. Clean up our government before you attempt to set others on the path you think is best for them.

I will continue to monitor the actions my representative and our two senators regarding the government shutdown. Come election time, I vow to remind people how Congress’ inability to perform essential tasks has harmed people and the country.

Don Synowiec

Oak Forest

Will miss Howard

I read Howard Ludwig’s final Stay-at-Home Dad column and was saddened that it was his last. You can tell he writes from the heart when it comes to his boys.

Most of his columns had me laughing out loud. He also made me cry when he reminded me of when my kids were little. How soon we forget. Sorry to see him go.

Diana Shapkauski

Orland Park



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