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A Case for Home Births

I just received the review of the book Pushed written by Noah Berlatsky [“The Obstetric-Industrial Complex,” June 29] and I cannot agree more with Mr. Berlatsky. We have had five children born in a hospital in Lake County, three miscarriages at the same hospital, our sixth live child born at home with a Certified Professional […]

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Misplaced Modifier

In your June 8 edition, Section 2, page 14, your [Critic’s Choice] Private Fears in Public Places, there is a picture of Mads Mikkelsen accompanying the print. I went and saw the movie last night. He is not in said film. Anonymous The editors reply: You’re correct, and we apologize for the error. The still […]

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No Big Secret

Once again someone feeling that they are of such great literary importance has chosen to take something very simple and overanalyze it [“A Little Secret About The Secret,” June 1]. Why must you “greats” always assume that people are so gullible and simpleminded and that we could not possibly be able to logically apply the […]

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What Can We Do?

Mr. Conroy, Thank you for doing your job, as a member of the press and getting this news out there to people like myself, who otherwise would not have heard it or seen it. You are an excellent journalist and that is a phenomenal article [“Killed on Camera” by John Conroy, April 20]. What resources […]

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Black Movie, White Heart

I recall Rosenbaum once slammed Beyond Rangoon because it was another Hollywood movie that put a white hero(ine) at the center of crisis in a nonwhite world. He called it cultural imperialism or something. Yet Blood Diamond does the same thing. You get a white hero falling in love with white heroine in the jungles […]

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That Was No Tea Party

In her review of Pegasus Players’ The Upper Room [“True but Not Genuine,” March 11], Kelly Kleiman climactically lectures, “One of the hardest things about writing historical fiction is to wear your research lightly, recognizing that not everything you’ve learned will contribute to a reader’s understanding of your story. The same is true of docudrama.” […]

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Pooh-Poohs Pigeon Pets

You sure did a bad thing for the people of Lincoln Square (Lawrence and Lincoln) when you glorified “pigeon man.” He now has laminated copies of his picture in your Reader (October 22). He solicits money “for pigeon feed.” They sit all over his body and head and the sidewalk is full of pigeon poop. […]

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Truth Versus Perception

Dear editors: I have not seen enough of Judge Leo Holt [“A Law Abiding Judge,” March 5] to form an opinion of him, but I was in his courtroom the day he sentenced William Ligue. Judge Holt’s ruling cited the prosecution’s failure to enter victim Rocky Gamboa’s medical records into evidence. This omission left only […]

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Public Servants Must Be Scrutinized

Jordan Marsh: You think some “indignities” are too “insignificant” to be noted in the Reader [Letters, February 20, re “Exit Wounds,” February 6]. No doubt. But I question someone’s judgment about which ones they are if it excludes too many of those visited upon citizens by their “public servants.” If you are worried about the […]

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Shameless Pandering

Once again the insipid if not megalomaniacal Margasak has made glaring, ridiculous omissions in his “Local Record Roundup” [Post No Bills, December 12]. How is it that the Chicago Reader continually ignores a robust and innovative local rock scene? Does Peter find the musical tastes of real Chicagoans too pedestrian for his highbrow column? Does […]

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No Limits

Dear editor, After reading the November 28 Reader [“He Gave Them the Budget and It Was Done”] I’m left pondering, why aren’t there term limits for mayor in Chicago? The notion of term limits has been running amuck in the free world since the 18th century. And it’s universally considered to be a good idea. […]

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Not As Straight As You Think

I’m writing in response to a letter from Ron Friedman of Deerfield in the July 18 issue. Friedman writes, “Contrary to the now documented bad numbers that Kinsey originated, gays and lesbians comprise maybe 3 percent of the U.S. population.” He is, of course, making reference to the much-accepted idea that Kinsey established the 10 […]