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home : insight & opinion : letters to the editor May 26, 2016

2/27/2013 3:35:00 PM
'Downstaters' are not the strange breed in Illinois


I read with great interest the discussion on concealed-carry laws in your Feb. 25 paper (Rich Miller column, Insight & Opinion page).  It appears the argument for or against hasn't moved much since the Federal Appellate Court ruled that Illinois must write a law permitting the carrying of firearms in the state. 

What irritated me most in the article was the referral to those of us outside Cook County as "Downstaters" as if we were some strange breed of people.  Most of the people I know think "Cook Countiers" are the ones truly different from the rest of Illinois since they comprise such a small portion of the state.  

I can only think that those "Cook Countiers" should try getting out of their high-crime cocoons once in a while and find that we "Downstaters" are not so different from them, we just have different values and different views on the Constitution of the United States.


Phil Montgomery


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