(In response to an April 16 online story about a family trying to get out of a moldy home)
This tragedy, affecting an entire family, is repeated throughout the U.S. We invite this family and all readers to visit www.schoolmoldhelp.org for mold and health resources, including news that in 2009, finally, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control deemed damp and moldy buildings health hazards.
It should be of note that the majority of home mold insurance claims are found in the Southwest. This is due to the need for air conditioning and the difference between the outside and inside temperatures. In cheap housing, condensation can form inside the walls. Also, air conditioning produces mold in the air stream. There may not be cellars in the majority of Southwest homes, but there are other issues. This is verifiable through the insurance industry. Take care in relocating to a place where you can have fresh, dry air year-round — not canned air.
Don’t glamourize gangs
(In response to a March 31 story on a talk at the NorthStar Center given by former gang members.)
Why write a story that gives publicity to a low-life punk? When I was a kid, it was a badge of honor to get our names — especially our gang names — printed in the paper. That is why the major newspapers in Chicago never used gang nicknames when a gang member was arrested. Sure, he has a horror story, we all did. I have seen people shot to death. I have killed people with my bare hands. Pilsen was a tough ‘hood in the 1960s. This story only helps to glorify the life of a gangster. In the 1970s, the Latin Counts were nothing but punks. Like many gangs, they have branched out to illegal business activities. Some gangsters eventually grow up. Some go to prison. Some are invited to speak to the naive in Lansing.