Letters: City could publish a list of restaurants, other businesses that require proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Letters: City could publish a list of restaurants, other businesses that require proof of COVID-19 vaccination

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot and others oppose vaccine requirements for restaurants and bars. I and others I know won’t go to eat or drink inside a place that doesn’t require proof of vaccination.

So here is my solution: Publicize businesses that do require proof of vaccination (or a timely negative test). The city could have a website and app that list those establishments, alphabetically and by neighborhood, with those places providing the name, address, phone number, website, etc., along with a short description of the type of food or entertainment. Choose Chicago could either link to this listing or publish it itself.

In addition, get such entities as OpenTable, Yelp, Tripadvisor, etc., to include a field such as: “Requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative tests: yes or no.”

I attend plays and music events because Chicago theaters all require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Such requirements reward those who get vaccinated and encourage others to do so.

We all benefit by encouraging everyone to get vaccinated and rewarding — through publicity and our patronage — those establishments that require it.

— Priscilla Mims, Chicago

An open question to nonbelievers, constitutional rights holdouts, politically driven holdouts, religious rights advocates and the myriad collection of others who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19: How much more proof do you need?

Folks, it’s real, and the death count proves it.

The Build Back Better Act’s preschool provisions offer a generational opportunity to increase public safety in a way that will also produce a tremendous return on investment.

I’m a member of the nationwide law enforcement group Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. This organization of over 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors has been active for 25 years. In that time, the group has consistently advocated for evidence-based solutions that strengthen long-term public safety by putting kids on a productive, crime-free path.

One of the best ways to achieve that goal is through high-quality early education. Research has demonstrated time and again that the experiences children have in their earliest years, during a unique period of brain development, lay the foundation for future success, including better academic performance and a reduced likelihood of being involved in crime.

Through investments in high-quality preschool education, we can see less crime and incarceration in the future, while reaping enormous economic and societal benefits. In fact, a forthcoming Fight Crime: Invest in Kids report shows just how big of a return on investment the pre-K provisions in Build Back Better create.

An independent cost-benefit analysis showed that preschool programs can return an average societal “profit” — economic benefits minus costs — of more than $15,000 for every child served. Applying this per-child net benefit to the approximately 6 million additional children who would be served by the pre-K provisions, our nation could realize a return on investment of $90 billion over the lifetime of these children, including $3.73 billion in Illinois alone.

And the need for more high-quality preschool is apparent. According to the Illinois State Board of Education, only 29% of our state’s kindergartners were deemed fully ready for school success in fall 2019. In Waukegan Community Unit School District 60, the figure was only 16%. These stats underscore the need for far greater early learning investments, locally and statewide.

Moreover, a bipartisan commission recently issued ambitious recommendations for improving early care and education throughout Illinois. But we can’t pursue these long-term recommendations without far greater resources — exactly the kind of resources included in Build Back Better.

Federal policymakers must help our country realize the immense, crime-prevention benefits of high-quality preschool.

— Wayne Walles, chief, Waukegan Police Department

I lost respect for the current U.S. Supreme Court a long time ago. On the issue of whether public funds can be used to support religious education, the justices are lost. Some justices wonder if this is actually discrimination against religion. They are missing the point.

Why should the members of one religion be forced to financially support the activities of another? I wonder what many conservatives would think if a Muslim family wanted a tax voucher to attend a Muslim-related school. Or are vouchers only expected to be used for Christian schools?

Donald Trump chose well. His justices are playing the political game as expected.

— Laurence Siegel, Manteno

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