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Tim Brinton (Tim Brinton / January 16, 2014)

Letters to the editor from Naperville, Glendale Heights, Sugar Grove, Glen Ellyn and Downers Grove from the Jan. 23 TribLocal print edition. 

O'Hare neighbors

I cannot generate much sympathy for those in Wood Dale, Bensenville and nearby suburbs when they complain about airplane noise. The airlines are not intentionally being "bad neighbors." Jets have certain undesirable characteristics no matter what the technology advances, like children and puppies, that just come with the territory. The complainers cannot say honestly that they didn't know O'Hare International Airport was their neighbor or that they don't use O'Hare for their own travel needs and value its proximity then.

I had close friends who moved from the West Side of Chicago to Wood Dale before 1970. They were under a traffic pattern even then and accepted it. On the phone or on the patio, it was often necessary to suspend conversation while a plane passed over.

C. Michael Becker, Naperville

Concealed carry

The Chicago Tribune should stop with the never-ending series of fear-mongering articles on concealed carry of firearms. One would think Illinois was the first state to recognize citizens' constitutional right to bear arms and not the very last. All the fear and trepidation has proved groundless in state after state. Illinois is no longer a state where brazen criminals are the only private citizens to bear arms. Please report on the successes.

Mike Borowiec, Naperville

Legally carrying

Now that concealed carry is upon us, you have been running various stories about the inherent dangers. Here is what I think the proper training has shown me (and dare I say most every other potential licensee):

Having a gun on your person should do and likely will do the opposite of making you more aggressive. A neighbor of mine told me the story of two childhood friends from the early 1960s who left their cars to confront another driver and were each shot in the head and killed. A successful self-defense plea got the shooters off the hook. If you have a gun and display obscene vocal or physical gestures, or get out of your car to confront, then yes, you are now the perpetrator and you will likely go to jail if you brandish said gun or use it.

Avoidance of any kind of potential escalation of a confrontation is truly the responsibility of the person legally carrying. Overwhelmingly, I believe that those who plan to legally carry have taken this fact to heart.

Nick Sloane, Glendale Heights

Dealing with Rauner

Bruce Rauner doesn't get it. He is perfectly capable of and apparently proud of using influence to get a child into a highly selective school. He used clout and, more important, allowed others to succumb to it.

Would he do this as governor? Would members of his administration be allowed to do what Chicago Public Schools did?

If his daughter and mine were vying for the same seat at the same school, all other things being equal, guess who would get in? Sweet.

Richard Carlson, Sugar Grove

Income inequality

President Barack Obama has stated that he wants to work to eliminate income inequality during his second term. That's very interesting since his economic policies over the past five years increased income inequality.

Since he has given every indication that we can expect more of the same, I guess that means the gap will widen even more. 

The main premise the president seems to be operating under is that to move those on the bottom up will require taking more from those who have higher incomes. It seems to me that if we want to improve the overall economy, we should be working to help raise income for those in the lower tier, not take away from those who are successful. 

Unfortunately, this can't be done overnight as it requires improving education for the poor, which will take time, and in the current political environment, everyone seems to want instant results.

 — Dan Schuchardt, Glen Ellyn 

Suburban dining

People in the suburbs like to dine out. How about evaluating more restaurants in the suburbs instead of just Chicago? We don't want to go to Chicago with its outrageous parking prices, parking problems, red-light cameras, taxes and high-crime rates.

Daniel Valosek, Downers Grove