General Columns

All history begins in the local

All history begins in the local

Editor’s note: University of Chicago historian Neil Harris, who has for many years made local history a special part of his work, was acknowledged last Saturday by the Hyde Park Historical Society for his dedication to Hyde Park and its past. These are a slightly edited version of his remarks. By NEIL HARRIS It is(…)

Library needs all voices

By JAY TRAVIS While there is great enthusiasm regarding the University of Chicago’s proposals to locate President Barack Obama’s presidential library in either Washington Park or Jackson Park, the concerns of residents about the bid should not be dismissed. At two separate public hearings, in which people arrived on foot, by car and by charter(…)

Why I am a candidate

By Norman H. Bolden I was born and raised in the neighborhoods of the 4th Ward. I believe wholeheartedly in the right of all families in the ward to live, work and retire with dignity and fairness. This is why I am running for alderman of the 4th Ward. My father moved to this community(…)

It’s time for an elected board

By JAY TRAVIS The facts recently shared by the Chicago Tribune in its series regarding the Chicago Public Schools’ issuance of $1 billion in auction rate securities coupled with risky interest rate swaps was not news to parents, community organizers and labor leaders who have vigilantly worked to expose the misuse of funds intended for(…)

Schools bill misses the mark

By JAY TRAVIS I attended a town hall on Oct. 27, 2014 at the Chicago Urban League regarding the School Funding Reform Act (S.B. 16). I agree with the numerous concerns expressed by parents, local school council members, and organizers about this legislation in its current form. To truly support a high-quality education for all(…)

Unpacking Burns’ ideas

Editor’s note: A column by Ald. Will Burns (4th) in last week’s Herald presented three ideas to raise revenue for the city. We asked a staff member to provide further explanation about these ideas. By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Staff Writer In Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) column in last week’s issue of the Herald, the city council(…)

Seniors and the Internet

By ANDREW HOLZMAN This week’s Senior Scene is going to be a risk taker. I’m going to head into territory covered with potential clichés like a mine field, a topic so overplayed that it has become the “Pachelbel’s Cannon” of discussions about aging: using the Internet. There are actually two aspects to a discussion about(…)

Aging need not close off options

By ANDREW HOLZMAN You know the image well: an elderly man or woman sits at home, perhaps watching television, alone and depressed. This vision for retirement saturates our culture — we see the “crazy cat lady” trope repeated on television, and comments we make in passing reveal a view of getting old that seems primarily(…)