Use federal cash to pay down Chicago’s huge debt — not on shiny new applications | Letters

Chicago should use all of its $ 1.9 billion in government pandemic aid to help reduce the city’s debt. That’s what the Federal Aid Act, the American Rescue Plan, is supposed to do – to cover lost revenue.

In a Sun Times message on April 14th report, Ald. Michele Smith, 43, appears to be complaining when she says the $ 1.9 billion in federal aid “barely covers” the $ 1.7 billion in city revenue lost in the pandemic. In reality, however, the city should only have received $ 1.7 billion.

Sorry, but the federal government also has problems. It cannot afford to fund the Chicago Universal Basic Income Program. And there the city is more than $ 36 billion The city of Chicago cannot go into debt either. The money should be used to pay off past debts and debts related to the pandemic. It shouldn’t be used for shiny new programs.

We cannot ignore the mountain of debt that is crushing the city.

Courtney Houtz, West Loop

When people defy the police

Don’t use it as an excuse for a terrible mistake, but do the Sun-Times editors blame a person who opposes or fights the police, given the inherently chaotic and dangerous situation that this creates? Police compliance reduces your chance of getting injured or worse by about 99.9%. I know it is a heresy these days to say that a person who is arrested should not fight. This is why most cops just answer calls and try not to do anything else. Good luck with the summer here, with your constant encouragement to the criminals.

Manny Irizarry, Norwood Park

Biden, infrastructure and climate change

President Joe Biden’s proposal to improve our country’s infrastructure, the American Jobs Plan, focuses heavily on combating climate change. The aim is to make our infrastructure more resilient to the effects of climate change, and it includes initiatives to reduce the emissions that cause climate change.

Biden’s plan would provide funding not only for roads, bridges, and transportation systems, but also sustainable homes and buildings, electric vehicles, and research and development for clean energy technology.

A report by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on managing climate risk for 2020 confirms Biden’s climate goals. This document describes the threat that climate change poses to American energy, water, transportation, and communications infrastructure. For example, it is claimed that extreme rainfall, sea level rise floods, extreme heat and forest fires “challenge almost every element of transportation systems, from bridges and airports to pipelines and ports”.

The report concludes that “it is important that the United States set a price for carbon … without such a price … instead of accelerating the transition to a grid, capital will continue to flow in the wrong direction -Zero emissions economy. ”

It is for this reason that I am encouraged that the Energy Innovation and Coal Dividends Act was introduced in the US House. This bill charges an ever increasing fee for carbon emissions and returns the money to the American people.

Let us urge our members of Congress to take action to address this critical national security threat.

Terry Hansen, Hales Corners, Wisconsin