Retired New York Lieutenant Offers Advice on Improving Homicide Clearance Rates – Chicago Tribune
As I was patrolling the compound known as “Fort Apache” in New York’s South Bronx, detectives were asking me for help with their cases because they knew I had sources on my passage. How did I develop these sources? Talking to people, for example — and not necessarily about crime. One of those same detectives advised me early on, “Kid, you’re only as good as your information.”
Rabbi Seth M. Limmer and his associates are right to focus on decreasing homicide solve rates in Chicago (“City Can Reduce Gun Violence by Improving Solve Rates,” Aug. 5). This is not, however, a new phenomenon. Murder clearance rates have been slowly declining for a long time in the violent areas of our major cities.
As for what to do, I will refer to an op-ed in which I argued for uniformed cops to be assigned unsolved murders and instructed to contact family members of murder victims to let them know their cases. were still under study.
This would serve two purposes: it would help build trust in the community and it would potentially open the floodgates for advice or leads for detectives to follow.
—Andy Rosenzweig, former NYPD lieutenant, Westerly, Rhode Island
I applaud Kay MacNeil’s dedication to monarchs and wildlife, as reported in “’Butterfly Lady’ Sends Vital Milkweed Seeds” (August 7). It is more vital than ever to encourage actions to preserve and improve monarch and wildlife habitat.
However, I caution against listing the species of milkweed used by MacNeil without further context. Not all species listed are native to Illinois and may pose the risk of becoming invasive if they escape into the wild. Hairy milkweed is native to South Africa. Narrow-leaved milkweed is native to California.
The article mentions tropical milkweed, appropriately labeling it as non-native. When planted outside of its native range, tropical milkweed can disrupt monarch migration and promote high parasite loads in monarchs. It is crowding out native milkweed in some areas where it has been introduced and could do so in more places as climate change warms regions further north.
Finally, gardeners may recognize that the Hello Yellow butterfly weed and Ice Ballet swamp milkweed mentioned in the article are cultivars—human-raised versions—of milkweed. Although not necessarily harmful, cultivars are not the flowers that have evolved with monarch butterflies for thousands of years. They may not be as effective a food source as their parent plant.
I encourage those inspired to plant milkweed to consider their goals and potential risks before including non-native milkweeds or cultivars.
—Laura Noe, Chicago
As government officials review rules for refunding canceled and delayed flights, I would like them to also pay attention to the underhanded practice of non-refundable tickets. If you have to cancel a trip, the airlines will give you a voucher for an upcoming flight. If you can’t redeem the voucher within a specified time, you lose your money and the airline may resell your seat. He can double.
Shouldn’t there be a law that says if a customer can’t use a discounted non-refundable ticket, they can sell or give away the ticket as long as the new owner checks in with the airline in a timely manner For safety reasons ?
If I buy a ticket for a sporting event, a play or a concert and I cannot use it, I can give it away or sell it. Airline practices regarding non-refundable tickets are unethical, unfair and dishonest.
—Craig Goldwyn, Brookfield
It seems that the Democrats think that more public spending is the solution to our problems. The latest example is the Inflation Reduction Act which, instead of reducing inflation, may actually make the problem worse.
If Congress wants to do something constructive, it could start by cutting taxes, which would further stimulate consumer spending and thus revive the economy. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening under the current Congress or President.
Fortunately, there is some hope on the horizon — the midterm elections. We can only hope that voters realize the dire situation and act accordingly.
—Dan Schuchardt, Glen Ellyn
As noted in the August 4 editorial on the consolidation of power in Hungary (“Orban of Hungary can thank the United States for facilitating his rise to power”), Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party were able to collect 67% of legislative elections. seats with only 49% of the popular vote using techniques familiar to the citizens of this country. Once the two-thirds supermajority was reached, they seized more and more power until the opposition was effectively handcuffed.
Unfortunately, American voters resemble those in Hungary. As Orban and his party consolidated their power by neutralizing the courts and the media, their supporters apologized and defended their actions. After all, their team was winning.
—Craig Zabel, Sugar Grove
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