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Letter: On 'gambling' and baby Sema'j

To the Editor:

The lady who won the $25K wasn’t gambling, of course not!

Call it by whatever name you please, the operative word is “won.”

I’m a compulsive gambler, a professional loser. On pension paydays, the local OTB sends a complimentary limo to go get me.

Not quite, but close, you know.

So I recognize a kindred spirit when I see one. I don’t know that lady’s problem. Maybe she has to make others miserable because misery loves company.

Then there’s the group that doesn’t want little Sema’j’s name on one of “their” precious parks, nothing personal!

Yeah, right. Everybody knows what that’s all about, no matter how it gets sugar-coated. Turned her down, unanimously. Immediately, no public discourse. Shameful!

I worked for an employer that was overseen by a board on which one of these honorees sat. The person is generally regarded with the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa and Gandhi.

To a lot of others, this individual is thought of as a vindictive, self-centered blowhard. It’s in the eyes of the beholder.

Isn’t the park board elected by us?

Don’t we pay for the parks with taxes?

We’re not properly educating ourselves prior to voting.

Ms. Reyes and Sanchez, please don’t compromise your dignity by begging that crowd for anything!

You’re too good to grovel. You have all the class they lack.

You can find a better way to pay Sema’j homage without giving them the satisfaction of saying “No!”

Don’t allow that child’s name and memory to be associated with bitterness and fighting.

Instead, sell “Remember Sema’j” bumper stickers or something.

Then, whenever someone asks what that means, her story can be retold for many years. Donate the proceeds to combating child abuse.

Bill Nixon

Crest Hill

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