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Give Miner the Finger

simon.qxd Dear sir: Has Mr. News Bites [Hot Type, January 7] found his lost finger yet? If not, he shouldn’t have any trouble finding one lying on the street as there are thousands of them dropped by all the folk who count their fingers from zero to nine and find that one is missing. Stuart […]

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Mmm…Quinine

Dear sir: As I read the Straight Dope of August 13 on quinine tonic water, I recalled an anecdote on page one of Edward Kendall’s book, Cortisone (Nobel Prize, 1950). His paternal grandfather (1817-1904) enjoyed the taste of quinine and periodically would place a few crystals from a pocket vial on his tongue with a […]

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Vote Early and Often

simon.qxd Dear sir: I enjoyed the letter “Winner Takes All” on July 3 about the advantages of proportional voting to decrease the effect of gerrymandering. It is interesting that with seven squares after each name, voters could divide up their vote by percentage points readable by a computer (64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2 and […]

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Cruel and Unconstitutional

Dear Sir: The November 24 Reader article, “Beat the Meter” [Neighborhood News], dealing with parking meter problems reminded me that Chicago’s parking meter ordinance may be unconstitutional. I once received a ticket at a parking meter which had failed to respond when I inserted my coin. I telephoned the Parking Bureau, and discovered that I […]

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Library Subversion

Dear sir: Mary Dempsey is certainly not qualified for appointment as the Library Commissioner with only three years’ experience as a librarian [Neighborhood News, February 4]. “Library Commissioner” is the title given since 1977 to the statutory “qualified librarian,” and that is the only appointive authority granted to the Library Board under the Illinois library […]

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Renters’ Penalty

Dear Sir: Unless there is also an Illinois income tax reduction based upon rent, tenants will be severely penalized by any shifting of school funding from the real estate tax to the income tax as favored by Dawn Clark Netsch (January 7). Surely she must have thought of this. Stuart Simon Chicago

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Further Insults to Poetry

To the editors: I can sympathize with Mrs. Buehler whose poetry festival was ruined by police security measures for an impending Bulls basketball game [Neighborhood News, July 23]. Some people have suffered a great deal more than that, losing their lives and their businesses because of the Bulls phenomenon. Thousands of Chicagoans would like to […]

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Name the Airport

To the editors: Page one of your July 26 issue contained an unpleasant thought at the end of the first paragraph. It was a prediction that a third Chicago airport would be named in memory of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley. There seems to be a certain political psychopathology in power to insure that […]

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Just the Books, Please

To the editors: I think that all library users must have groaned in despair upon reading “Take My Cultural Center–Please!” in the Jan. 5 issue [The Culture Club]. Of course not only the present administration, but also the recent past Library Board seem to have forgotten what the Cultural Center was all about. At the […]