What would the Highland Park shooter say if he asked for forgiveness? – Chicago Tribune

Drawing inspiration from the truly moving article ‘From a flight was born a friendship’ (September 3), I wonder what it might be like if the Highland Park shooter fully realized the impact of his actions and wanted to ask for forgiveness . I wonder if he could say something like this:

“To everyone whose life was directly and indirectly affected by what I did on July 4, 2022, I am truly sorry. What I did not only changed one day, but also changed lives within ‘a community and how you’re all going to move on from this. I created a lasting trauma for many, a trauma that will be brought back to ordinary times and remembered again. I created heartbreaking grief, the loss of friends, loved ones, stories that are still mourned, the pain is felt, will be felt in monumental ways, for all who are still there I left scars on a community that will take years to heal, if that, and a precious vacation will never be carefree again I could not see past my own life, problems, needs and demanded that you hold the pain that I could not express. I have done a terrible wrong and I do not deserve your sorry. I am really sorry. Please forgive me.”

What would you say?

— Mandy May, Evanston

If I could have one wish, I would wish the shooter at Highland Park on the 4th of July could witness the recovery and rehabilitation of young Cooper Roberts. He should have to come every day and watch this little boy and see exactly what damage the bullets can do.

I wish he could hear the doctors, parents and Cooper’s twin talking to Cooper as they heroically try to put this little guy back together and give him hope, bring him back to life that this cruel act and selfish took him away.

If only this shooter could absorb the hurt he caused to an innocent young life.

— Sue Atkenson, Frankfurt

Is Monday’s article (“Pedal power increases at Bike the Drive”) the best the Tribune can do? Bike the Drive is a fabulous event. My family and I have been doing this for years. Other than a little drizzle, it was a beautiful day.

Here’s what I think the Tribune missed. How many went up and who they were. Those who organize and sponsor the event. What are the profits for? Where the participants come from and the economic impact. (Politicians always like to see this.)

The whole article referred to, e-bikes, was only a small part of the day, and the big picture was missing.

Thank you to everyone who planned the event and who were there to prepare the course and the rest areas, the lovely ladies of the Museum of Science and Industry for cheering us on, the city employees and the police for blocking the driveway and the police who rode with us. Yes, Chicago is a city that can work.

— Bob Silverstein, Village of Elk Grove

President Joe Biden has called them “MAGA Republicans.” If he limited his “MAGA = semi-fascism” to those who deny the elections, that would be one thing. But he included anti-abortion voters, and that could come back to haunt him.

Many of us don’t consider ourselves MAGA, but if Biden does, he risks alienating us.

—Philip Seeberg, Naperville

In response to “Biden’s ‘us versus them’ letter” (September 7): President Joe Biden’s speech was perfect.

MAGA members — not all Republicans but staunch supporters of former President Donald Trump — are in fact a threat to our democracy, as Trump himself is.

It wasn’t Biden supporters who attacked our Capitol and tried to nullify the election. This dubious honor belongs to MAGA Republicans.

Trump is the divider of our country. Just listen to his rally speeches.

How can Biden unite a country when MAGA Republicans, one-third of the electorate, call the other two-thirds “traitors” when in fact that title belongs to them?

– Frank W. Tedesso, Harwood Heights

Regarding the border crisis, the solution is simple. Assign immigration judges to the border. There, they can decide who is eligible and who is not without sending the border workers to a big city in the interior.

Many are worthy of citizenship.

—Ira Schafer, Bourbonnais, Illinois

Regarding R. Kelly, can the Tribune please stop writing “news” about this man? This man committed several crimes and was found guilty.

My dearest wish is to one day be able to open my Tribune and not see a single mention of this person.

—David Sprehe, Fox River Grove

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