Chicago’s heart breaks over the loss of Cmdr. Paul Bauer

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

My heart breaks for Chicago Po­lice Cmdr. Paul Bauer’s wife and daugh­ter as they strug­gle to un­der­stand why their loved one is not com­ing home tonight.

My hus­band served the city of Chicago as a cop for 30 years. Not once did I ever worry that any­thing would ever hap­pen to him. Maybe it was be­cause I didn’t want to be­lieve that any­thing could hap­pen to him. Ev­ery day, when a po­lice of­fi­cer leaves for work and says good­bye to his fam­ily, he doesn’t know — nor do they — whether he will come back alive.

Our whole city owes Cmdr. Bauer a debt of grat­i­tude for his ded­i­cated ser­vice. My tears are for his fam­ily. Thank you, Com­man­der.

Deb­o­rah Je­dy­nak, Bel­mont- Cra­gin

I wanted to shout ‘ be care­ful’

Last Fri­day, I was driv­ing in down­town Chicago, pick­ing up a client near City Hall. As I ap- proached an in­ter­sec­tion, I saw a po­lice of­fi­cer in dress blues walk­ing in and around some win­ter slush near the stop­light. He looked very im­por­tant and I al­most rolled down my win­dow to tell him to be care­ful. We can’t have one of the city’s finest on the ground in the muck! To­day, I think I rec­og­nized him again. He lost his life help­ing fel­low of­fi­cers ap­pre­hend a sus­pect.

Chicago will be less safe with­out you, Cmdr. Bauer. May you rest in peace. Bob Grze­siak, Bol­ing­brook

Bring back the death penalty

As Chicago mourns the loss of Cmdr. Paul Bauer, we again are re­minded of the fi­nan­cial bur­den to tax­pay­ers for in­car­cer­at­ing the sus­pected shooter, a four- time felon, for the re­main­der of his life. He will be given free hous­ing, three free meals a day and free health­care for the re­main­der of his life — all on the tax­pay­ers. Time to re­in­state the death penalty. Sean Her­ling,

Chicago

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Cmdr. Paul Bauer

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