Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ SEND US YOUR VIEW ]]>

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 to … ]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 23:58:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 produce? And it needs state help to keep it going? If what it does has value, it would survive on its own. The governor shouldn’t have to prop up an industry that cannot support itself just to get tax revenue. And why is this industry ailing if it provides so much money to the state … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:08:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 upstream affects water quality downstream. It really is that simple. Without protections for all of our waters, their quality will not be as clean as it should be. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new rule to correct some confusion in the clean water law and to make it more effective, but developers … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:13:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 himself in the Alinsky’s legacy and tactics” or, as Sarah Palin claims, “ to pal around with terrorists.” It appears that Larry either has supersecret information about Alinsky and Obama or maybe just a strong opinion about both. I suggest the latter. Obama did not create the national and international crises that he inherited from … ]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:12:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 action by visiting After years of expanding interpretations, costly enforcement actions and U.S. Supreme Court decisions defining the EPA’s authority as Congress intended it, the EPA and Army Corps in April issued a proposed rule to provide clarity and reduce agency authority consistent with Supreme Court decisions. But the rule is anything but clear … ]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 02:13:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 include using whatever means necessary to seize power; disguising a radical agenda by claiming to be politically moderate; creating crisis, tension and division whenever possible; never compromising; and portraying your opponents as bigoted and greedy. Sound familiar? How about this one — instruct Senate Democrats to refuse to compromise with Republicans, accuse the GOP of … ]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 02:10:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested that the contribution may be closer to 50 percent. The meat industry generates carbon dioxide by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport and slaughter animals. The much more damaging … ]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 23:47:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 facing unemployment and further financial uncertainty. And the state wins through a reduction in job losses. Here’s an example of how it works. Instead of laying off 10 workers due to decreased demand, a company could keep the full workforce in place but reduce the hours of 40 workers by 25 percent. Those employees would … ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:09:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 the 2014 session of the General Assembly, I offered an amendment to House Bill 1126 that called for the creation of a commission to study ways to cure a wage equity gap that finds Hoosier working women earning only 73 cents for every dollar earned by men. The House Republicans, who control that chamber, rejected … ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:06:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 contractor’s lawn care inventory that take the place of raking (which is good exercise, nonpolluting and often as fast as the noisy polluting blowers). Instead of raking leaves into a pile and putting them in yard waste bags or containers, the leaves are blown into the street where they usually remain along the curb. The … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:18:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 about one-third are now overweight or obese. Their early dietary flaws became lifelong habits — raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. In recent years, several state legislatures asked their schools to offer daily vegetarian options, and 64 percent of U.S. school districts now do. Moreover, hundreds of schools and school districts have … ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:41:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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, have read a lot of racial remarks from blacks and whites about the shooting, but I have yet to read or hear a factual explanation from the police in Missouri. They have had several weeks to investigate and still nothing official has been reported by the “liberal media” or any other media in the way … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:17:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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, regardless of how the driver looks, acts or drives.’’ It seems strange that one type of police activity, gathering evidence via drones, requires a warrant, while another, sobriety checkpoints, does not and every third vehicle can be searched just by its position in line — without regard to probable cause, even if the motorist has … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:17:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 defense against Hamas in Gaza.” Nowhere in his writing does he mention the fact that the United States spends hundreds of millions of dollars to support Israel’s military machine. Case in point: On Aug. 1, Congress approved spending $225 million more in aid to Israel to replenish funds for its Iron Dome missile defense system. … ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 06:36:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 black. Suppose there were 53 black officers on the police force and three whites. Suppose the school board was all black. Suppose the white residents were given the largest percentage of traffic tickets for the purpose of raising money to support the town. Suppose a black policeman pumped six bullets in an unarmed white teen … ]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 07:50:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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, it appears that the rule of law and the rights under our Constitution are trumped by political correctness and race baiting. It is a sad commentary on our modern society that when before any investigation is even started, Darren Wilson, the policeman involved in the tragic incident, is already charged, tried and convicted by demagogue … ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:50:28 -0500