Spurn Ditka and his ig­no­rance

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

Columnist Neil Stein­berg’s thoughts were so ar­tic­u­late that they will no doubt be poorly re­ceived by many lo­cals who still be­lieve Mike Ditka is some kind of hero (“Mike Ditka is not a Chicagoan” — Oct. 10).

It was en­cour­ag­ing to see a writer of your sta­tus, Neil, fi­nally broach a sub­ject that has puz­zled me for many years and that is: When will de­cent peo­ple fi­nally turn away from him? I have asked the Sun- Times more than once why a well- re­spected news­pa­per con­tin­ues to give him a plat­form to spew his ig­no­rance. Keep fight­ing the good fight.

John Schow, Near North Side

Kneel­ing doesn’t dis­re­spect flag

When are ( pre­dom­i­nantly) white peo­ple go­ing to un­der­stand that ath­letes “tak­ing a knee” isn’t about the flag (“The NFL’s power struc­ture on full dis­play” — Oct. 11)? And, ex­plain to me how en­gag­ing in an ac­tiv­ity that the flag rep­re­sents is dis­re­spect­ful to the flag?

Larry Meinen, Park Ridge

Guns tram­ple our rights to life, lib­erty

Af­ter ev­ery mass shoot­ing, we hear non­stop talk about gun rights. Loud voices cite the Sec­ond Amend­ment for the right to have a gun.

What isn’t talked about is the rights of all those dead peo­ple who were as­saulted by the one with the gun. And there are many; we suf­fer around 30,000 deaths per year from guns. But the ones gunned down also have con­sti­tu­tional rights — the right to “life, lib­erty and the pur­suit of happiness.” When will this coun­try honor those rights?

Lee Knohl, Evanston SEND LET­TERS, in­clud­ing your neigh­bor­hood or home­town and a phone num­ber for ver­i­fi­ca­tion pur­poses, to let­ters@ sun­times. com.

Mike Ditka

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