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Understanding Obama’s actions

Chicago’s most infamous community organizer, Saul Alinksy, developed a strategy for achieving goals and winning elections by intimidation and aggression. Barack Obama moved to Chicago to immerse himself in the Alinsky legacy and its tactics. Despite the scholarly tone of Alinsky’s teachings, in reality they …

Help deter  climate change

Last Sunday, hundreds of thousands marched throughout the world demanding action on climate change, and 120 world leaders gathered in New York City for the United Nations Summit on Climate Change. What can we do? A 2006 UN report estimated that meat production accounts for …

Work share needed  in Indiana

Work share is a positive option for both companies and their employees in times of economic need. It’s a voluntary program that allows employers to maintain a skilled and stable workforce during economic downturns. It allows employees to keep their jobs and benefits instead of …

House GOP killed pay equity plan

While it is good to see that there is a growing awareness of the problem surrounding the pay equity gap between men and women in Indiana, it is equally as important to realize that there has been an effort to do something about it. During …

Leaf blowers and flooding

From basements to streets to interchanges and viaducts, it seems flooding is on the increase in the Chicago area. It appears the increase in flooding might correspond in part to the greater use of leaf blowers — those noisy, obnoxious toys in the homeowner’s and …

Healthier school meals need support

With the new school year, parents’ attention is turning to school lunches. Traditionally, the Agriculture Department had used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities, and children consumed animal fat and sugary drinks to the point where …

Difficult to defend

Regarding Gary Ziolkowski’s Aug. 31 letter in the Post-Tribune, well, Gary, you are about half-right as usual. The apparent shooting of an unarmed person by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, was a tragedy. Policeman Darren Wilson has not been charged, tried or convicted. I, too, …

Legal inconsistency

An Indiana law requires police to obtain a warrant to collect evidence with the use of drones. However, in a Aug. 31 column by Jerry Davich (‘’Do sobriety checks trample Indiana citizens rights?’’) an officer says that during such checkpoints, police “search every third vehicle, …

No reason to be disappointed

I read the Aug. 21 column by Michael Steinberg regarding Israel’s battle with Hamas in the Mideast. In his opening paragraph, he immediately puts anyone who might disagree with him on the defensive. Steinberg states, “Many people are quick to judge Israel regarding its staunch …

Suppose it was  all reversed

I have been reading about all of the fuss, the marches and rallies in Ferguson, Missouri, regarding the shooting of the black youth by a white police officer. May I offer a bit of food for thought? Suppose Ferguson was 67 percent white rather than …

Who speaks  for the police?

After watching the debacle in Ferguson, Missouri, I’m wondering if cops have the same rights and protections under the law as minorities and other protected citizens. When community leaders, outside agitators and the governor of Missouri rush to judgment in the death of Michael Brown, …

Solving the Lucas  museum issue

I have a solution for the Lucas Museum site controversy that would give George Lucas the prime lakefront location he would like without any further violation of Chicago’s lakefront protection ordinance. Mayor Emanuel should persuade the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (known as McPier) to …

It’s Pence who should go

I agree with David Rutter’s recent column about our so-called Christian, no-good governor. I have an idea — let’s allow the immigrant children to stay here and deport Mike Pence. Kay Croyle North Judson …

Border similarities?

The Islamic State terrorists who behead people who won’t become Muslims and who turn captured women into sex slaves have posted a video saying that they will attack America. They could capitalize on the border between Mexico and the U.S. being as unguarded as the …

Gary council doesn’t get it

The Gary City Council has voted to keep a felon, Ronier Scott, on the council despite his conviction for failing to file federal income tax returns for five years since 2000. He was released from federal prison last week after serving three months. In declining …