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[ Really no excuse  not to vote ]]>

Like many of you, I will have work and personal responsibilities to take care of on Nov. 4, but I also will take the time to cast my ballot in the general election. I can hear the reasons now for not doing the same. I’m too busy. We’re not electing a president or a governor, so why does it matter? It doesn’t make a difference — they can’t get anything done in Washington, D.C., or some other location anyway. Reason No. 1 doesn’t cut it. It is not only a right but a responsibility for each of us to help … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:07:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hammond cops  used justified force ]]>

One of the alleged victims in the much-publicized Hammond traffic stop, Jamal Jones, said he didn’t cooperate with police “because they had their guns out and I wanted to protect my family at all times.” Jones’ noncompliance left police with no other reasonable alternative. His actions, demeanor and refusal to obey a police directive would lead any reasonable police officer to believe that his behavior would continue to escalate unless reasonable measures were taken. By using a stun gun, police took control, using only the amount of force necessary and reasonable to subdue him. The stun gun provided a non-lethal … ]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:05:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 into our country recently. What would prevent any person carrying Ebola from bringing this deadly virus across our borders? I don’t believe our government is really sure how this virus is contracted and how to prevent its spread. The more knowledge we are given by authorities, the better protected we will be. Lue Bottomlee Crown … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:41:30 -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 … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:35:45 -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 … ]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07:50:47 -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 … ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:36:49 -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