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Letters to the editor should be no more than 300 words. The Post-Tribune reserves the right to edit or reject any letter. All letters must include your name, address and telephone number for verification. Mail to: 350 N. Orleans St., Chicago, IL 60654 or email …

Ebola worries

We are all concerned about the spread of the Ebola virus. Passengers arriving by air from certain areas of Africa where this disease is prevalent have airport employees on alert. Our southern borders remain unprotected as we have seen from thousands of children crossing over …

Indiana shouldn’t attempt to rescue  gambling ‘industry’

Sometimes things I read in the paper make my brain hurt, such as a recent article about whether Gov. Mike Pence would consider measures to save Indiana’s ailing gambling industry and the revenue it generates for the state. Gambling is an industry? What does it …

Our water quality could be better

Water quality in the United States has improved dramatically since the federal Clean Water Act passed in 1972, but it is still not as clean as it could be. It’s not a surprise to anyone that all our waterways are connected and that what happens …

Letter writer  misinformed,  if not delusional

Larry Rapchak’s Oct. 1 letter to the editor was truly enlightening. I agree that famous author and community organizer Saul Alinksy did have a “scholarly tone,” mainly because his many writings are considered scholarly. I’m not sure if President Obama moved to Chicago to “immerse …

When ‘water’ isn’t wet

If you are a farmer, homeowner, developer, business owner or local elected official, now is the time to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers challenging their expanded definition of “waters of the U.S.” You can learn more and take …

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 …