A special lady who treated everyone like family

Edna was so very special; she was my patient at Rush Oak Park Hospital [What does the death of Edna Stewart mean to you and how will you remember her? Streetbeat, June 17]. She and I fell in love with each other immediately. She invited my husband and I to her granddaughter’s graduation party at the restaurant the same day we met. We were the only non-members of the family there and treated as if we belonged, and we did in her mind. We were settled at her table. I did not want to intrude but she has a way of making people feel special. We’ve only known each other for a short time but it seems like a lifetime. Edna would bring me biscuits and other food from the restaurant, even though she didn’t feel well herself. What a beautiful and loving woman. I feel blessed that I had the opportunity to know her. Thanks Edna, I Love you. R.I.P.

Linda Puleo
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Remembering Edna

Even though I no longer live in Chicago, I remember the delicious meals served by Edna’s back in the ’70s. I am sure she will be missed tremendously. Blessings to her employees and family.

Virginia Hall-Broadnax
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Let’s put action over words

I agree with your comments and wanted to know where should we start [More positive images needed in the black community, June 17, John Fountain]? Should we contact the musicians (one on one)? Now that it’s said and out there how do we go about making it happen? We can make it happen, you know. Please, don’t let this be the end of a conversation just started and filled with empty words. Like me, there are quite a few others who agree with your sentiments, but let’s not leave it at that.

Barbara F. Jones
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Gun ordinance the right move

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition congratulates the Chicago City Council for passing what is being called the strictest handgun ordinance in the United States. The ordinance bans gun shops within the city and prohibits gun owners from stepping outside of their homes with their handgun. Cities around the country should take similar action. Chicago has one of the highest homicide rates in the nation. Nationally, 30,000 people are killed and 100,000 injured by gun violence each year, giving the United States one of the highest rates of gun violence in the world. By comparison, 4,300 U.S. troops have been killed in the war in Iraq. The Supreme Court decision to overturn the gun ban left room for interpretation. That decision, however, should not prevent any state or local government from successfully defending, maintaining and passing sensible, strong gun laws. Now is not the time for more access to guns that leads to more violence and death in our communities. Now is the time for stricter gun control, more access to jobs and job training, and more access to high quality education and healthcare.

Rainbow PUSH
Statement released July 2

Just a stupid show

I had just had a conversation with a close friend a few days ago about how foolish and degrading I thought that that show was¡ªto depict black people with a big a– clock around his neck. [Bring back ¡®Flavor of Love’¡­or something just as silly, July 9, Terry Dean].

Raymond D. Gye
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Article makes a new customer

Great article [MacArthur’s¡ªChicago’s soul food destination, June 17]. It is great to see that such an establishment is still doing great in our own neighborhood. I will definitely have to go to try the mac & cheese, and the greens, and the yams, and the ribs¡ªdid I forget anything?

Cecily D.
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Sounds, and tastes, great

Never been there before, but after reading this article my stomach growled. It said to me: Tony, you need some short ribs, mac & cheese and greens¡­Mmmm, sounds sooo good.

Tony Stratis
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Kudos from Down Under

This story of the chicken farm is so inspiring [Raising chickens, uniting Austin, June 10]. Congratulations from Sydney Australia to Seamus Ford, and to all Austin residents. Well done!

William de Ora
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