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Chicago Sun-Times Opinion This Week
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As of Monday, the United States ended its 20-year war in Afghanistan. In the weeks leading up to the evacuation, the news was full of sights and sounds that would haunt anyone with a conscience for the rest of their lives.
However, two images have lingered in Phil Kadner’s mind that have helped him find the humanity amid the horror at the Kabul airport. One is of a desperate man handing an infant up to the outstretched hands of a U.S. Marine and the other is of another Marine cradling a baby at the airport. In Commentary, Kadner writes about those Marines who were trying to salvage something good out of the mess, and how their humanity makes him proud.
In Letters to the Editor, Curt Fredrikson of Mokena stays on the subject of Afghanistan and asks us to remember this rule next time the U.S. is determining whether we can successfully intervene in a foreign country:
And, lastly, in our lead editorial we write about the “Bienvenidos a Little Village” arch on 26th Street. The Commission on Chicago Landmarks is set to vote Thursday on whether to grant preliminary landmark status to the structure.
Honoring and protecting the Little Village arch would be a good move by the commission and the city, the Editorial Board writes. It would widen the cultural spectrum of landmarks in Chicago.
— Ismael Pérez, editorial board member

The Little Village arch on 26th Street could take a step toward landmark status Thursday. Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times
The Little Village arch on 26th Street could take a step toward landmark status Thursday. Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times
Mexican American communities have been part of Chicago’s fabric since the late 19th century, yet despite those long roots — and the group’s significant population here — there are almost no landmarked structures reflecting that history.
But the Commission on Chicago Landmarks might take a step toward fixing that omission.
The panel is set to vote Thursday on whether to grant preliminary landmark status to the Little Village arch, the stucco and terra cotta Spanish Revival span that has welcomed visitors to 26th Street for more than 30 years.
“Though many of the buildings on West 26th Street were built prior to the community becoming Mexican, the community has added and preserved its own significant layer of culture to West 26th Street through language, food, religion, family structure, murals, music and dance,” a city report on the structure states.
We applaud the city for seeking landmark status for the Little Village arch and encourage the commission to give it the nod.
The Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board is the opinion voice of the hardest-working newspaper in America. It is headed by editorial page editor Tom McNamee and includes Thomas FrisbieLorraine ForteLee BeyIsmael Pérez and Mary Mitchell as members.
What others have to say
Phil Kadner on the evacuation of Afghanistan:
I think of those U.S. Marines, the two holding infants they have saved. I think of their humanity and it makes me proud. It is simply awe-inspiring.
More editorials we published this week
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Welcoming Afghan refugees to a city built on sheltering people from the storm
In your words
“If there is a local entity with the competence to be our partner in the foreign country, they probably have things under control already and need only our hardware and cash.”
Curt Fredrikson, Mokena
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