We strongly support Alderman [Deborah] Graham's proposed ordinance limiting the geographic concentration of pawn shops. Contrary to her statement in Tim Inklebarger's story, some businesses are worse than vacancies. Any business that scares residents and positive businesses away is worse than a vacancy.
In response to Ken Trainor's column urging action on gun control [Newtown, newcountry? Viewpoints, Dec. 18], I have to say I'm not entirely convinced that placing restrictions on guns will prevent another terrible tragedy from happening, despite the emotional outcry calling for it.
Sunday's Tribune (http://bit.ly/1a3HgSD) revealed how Jana Partners, an activist-based Wall Street hedge fund that recently purchased over $300 million in Safeway stock, demanded that Safeway "exit subscale and lower-margin geographies" or face the intense pressures that such funds can exert.
On Christmas Day, the much-anticipated Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom was released to the general public. The film, like the book of the same name, is the story of Nelson Mandela's journey from the jailhouse to the state house.
I generally find ad hominem attacks beyond the pale in public forums, unworthy of dignifying with a response; however, when a writer actively fabricates a quotation in order to make such an attack, as David Gilbert does in assailing Alan Peres [Who defines Israel? Viewpoints, Dec. 18], there is an imperative to respond.
If I were Ms. Claus, I'd lavish gifts on everyone for Christmas, not just kids. I'd include all the guys who panhandle on Lake Street and the el, all the people who make minimum wage, all the soldiers who came home from war to find no jobs, and every homeowner who's up for foreclosure.
I remember clearly how I felt, in the early 1960s, attending IIT and attempting to do Christmas shopping in Chicago's Loop and Englewood, that the spirit of Christmas had given way to the spirit of commercialism.