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Letters for May 22

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IRS just doing things 'the Chicago way'

Re: "House should expose Washington's growing culture of intimidation," May 20

On June 13, 2008, while campaigning against John McCain in Philadelphia, Barack Obama said: "If they bring a knife to a fight, we bring a gun."

He was likely alluding to a speech made by Sean Connery's character in "The Untouchables," the full text of which is: "Here's how you get him. He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours

to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way."

The mindset informing that speech explains a lot about why President Obama's acolytes in the IRS felt free to abuse applicants for tax-exempt status whose policy views on limited government and taxes conflicted with those of the administration.

Those agents had seen the influence of these groups in the run-up to the 2010 midterm election and the shellacking they gave to the cause of bigger government.

Nobody in the White House had to tell those IRS agents to be unfair. They knew what the Chicago way demanded, and also knew that they would be rewarded if successful and protected if discovered.

Bob Foys

Chicago

Most Christians oppose aims of Planned Parenthood

Re: "Planned Parenthood should be applauded," From Readers, May 16

As a Christian, I'm wondering: On what basis does Dennis Middlebrooks make his claim that "the vast majority" of people of my faith applaud the work of Planned Parenthood -- which he says Christians should honor for enhancing religious freedom and preventing abortions?

The same Planned Parenthood founded by Margaret Sanger, a racist who advocated eugenics and purposely targeted black neighborhoods for PP clinics?

The organization that makes most of its money by aborting viable children under a veneer of respectability by offering other services that can be obtained elsewhere?

The organization that has been caught several times hiding evidence of statutory rape among its clients and defrauding taxpayers?

Angela McIntosh

Frederick

Too many D.C. cabbies won't pick up disabled

After working in the business disability community locally and nationally for more than 15 years as a certified diversity trainer, I'm appalled by the recent news stories regarding blatant discrimination by the taxicab system in Washington and disregard for passengers with disabilities attempting to hail a cab.

While not all D.C.-area cabs ignore disabled customers, the fact that it has happened more than once is not acceptable to these paying patrons who rely on public transportation for work and day-to-day errands.

I know from experience that the roadblock to inclusion stems largely from attitudinal barriers and fear of saying or doing the wrong thing.It many also include concerns about how to deal with a service animal or a large wheelchair.

Complaining will not fix this problem. The only viable option for correcting this prevalent discrimination is education and training.As a conscientious businessperson, a taxi driver should be proactively looking for customers.

Developing a "taxi of choice" for individuals with disabilities can give a cab company a strategic advantage over its competitors.

Katherine McCary

Managing partner,

C5 Consulting LLC

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