Trump is right that the Pentagon and the arms dealers are pushing us to war

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President Trump’s criticism of Pentagon leaders and their ties to arms dealers could not be more appropriate. He argues that they want endless wars because they have the money to be made through relationships with defense contractors. Kudos to the president for telling the truth. No president other than Dwight D. Eisenhower, in his farewell speech, issued this warning. We are at the mercy of the incestuous relationship between the arms dealers – who make profits beyond dreams of greed – the Republican Party and the Pentagon.

Edward Juillard, Morgan Park

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Pot and free markets

Why is the government licensing marijuana like a private school with a limited number of enrollments? Do I need state permission to open a grocery store or any other business?

Let the market decide how many companies we need and who they should be. As we do for all other businesses.

Larry Craig, Wilmette

We can’t believe liars

President Trump desperately wants people to believe his denial of the story, verified by multiple media, that he called fallen soldiers “losers” and “suckers.”

But most of us remember all the other claims he made, from the size of the audience when he was inaugurated to his recycling of an old internet rumor about a plane laden with agitators in uniform. Too often he has been caught up in his lies.

Frank Palmer, Edgewater

Alternative to progressive tax

How come a constitutional amendment allowing a “progressive” income tax in Illinois was on the ballot on November 3 while other proposed amendments that would do more to fix the state were ignored ?

Where’s the constitutional amendment to require non-partisan design of congressional and state legislative districts? Or the amendment to limit the terms of office of all elected officials? Or the amendment to remove the clause in the state constitution that prevents changes in the pension of a public employee?

Ted Staroscik, Darien

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