Letters To The Editor

Thank you Hyde Park for supporting Woodlawn Voices and Visions

To the Editor: Thank you for the coverage last week of our program and our Aug. 20th showcase. We filled the 130-seat screening room of the Logan Center, and our diverse audience engaged in robust debate regarding the subject matter of the documentary shorts produced by our students and debuted that day. Hyde Park has(…)

Less is more for Jackson Park

To the Editor: With the siting of the Obama Library in Jackson Park, and expansive talk of a “Museum Campus South”, it is even more important that plans for the rest of Jackson Park get more scrutiny.  As the surrounding neighborhood develops and land is sought to relocate the displaced track and athletic fields, there will(…)

Illinois legislature needs new ideas to temper the state’s political turmoil

To the Editor:  The Illinois state legislature desperately needs new ideas to temper the state’s political turmoil, but the way we elect representatives prevents many groups with novel ideas from being represented in Springfield. While the Independent Map Amendment takes a much needed first step to reduce gerrymandering, single winner districts – where voters in(…)

Certain ads at old Istria Cafe site are dangerous for kids

To the Editor: I am writing this letter regarding the former location of Istria cafe near the 55th/ 56th/ 57th Metra Train Station in Hyde Park. This cafe had a delicious gelato shop. It was then transformed into another shop, which closed down quickly. Now, the shop window has become an advertising point for many(…)

Op-Ed: Mikva’s Lesson on Democracy Resonates Today

I grew up four blocks away from Abner Mikva’s house in Evanston. In the late 70’s, my contact with then Congressman Mikva was limited to trips to his house on Halloween when he or one of his family members would hand out full size Hershey bars to the neighborhood ghosts and pirates. I appreciated his largesse so(…)

A Wooded Island Problem?

To the Editor: In the early 1890s, the Japanese government, striving to break free of cultural bonds that had shut it off from the western world for centuries, heard about the great World’s Columbian Exposition that was under construction in the burgeoning city of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan.  Eager to be welcomed(…)

Stop gap measure a plus but the real work still lies ahead of us

To the Editor:  Last week, just before the beginning of the new fiscal year, the General Assembly passed a stop-gap measure that provides much needed funding for our human service providers, our public universities and most importantly for our local schools to ensure they open on time in the fall. The spending plan provides $1(…)

Stop gap budget shows shared concerns across the aisle

To the Editor:  Along with a bipartisan coalition of my colleagues, I proudly voted for a compromise that will allow schools to open on time, fund state government operations for the next six months, keep road and transit construction workers on the job and provide desperately needed relief to our human services providers. This long-overdue(…)

Closing of Bixler Playlot for construction is frustrating and insulting

To the Editor: During the spring and summer, I brought my 4-year-old daughter to Bixler Playlot almost every day. It was our home away from home, and we could be almost guaranteed to meet friends there every time we went. It had a sandbox, water, and a fence to keep her safe. On Friday morning,(…)

Many thanks to JPAC and MPAC

To the Editor: Team JPAC, MPAC, and Chicago Parks Foundation, We made “It’s Your Parks Day “ on Saturday, a wonderful success and gift to our community and our families. In Jackson Park, we removed the mud from the Music Court aisles, removed the bottles, cans, and trash from the shoreline of the Columbia Lagoon and(…)

City giving away our lakefront to celebrities

To the Editor: Today on Facebook I saw Project 120’s video about the Yoko Ono sculpture on Wooded Island. According to Project 120, “[Yoko Ono] already had a very special connection to the city of Chicago. When she first visited in the 1970s, she stayed at a hotel overlooking Lake Michigan and later went back(…)

Thanks to Alderman Hairston!

To the Editor:  Editor’s note: An open letter to Alderman Leslie Hairston from Jackson Park Watch Dear Alderman Hairston, Jackson Park Watch wants to thank you for convening and leading the May 31 community meeting on the future of Jackson Park.  The fact that over 170 residents from communities surrounding the park came out on a very(…)

Jackson Park: Sacred Cows and Holy Beavers

To the Editor: Last week I learned of local concern that the Jackson Park Golf Driving Range, constructed in 1978 near the site of the Nike Missile Base, was soon to be sacrificed to Project 120’s plan to convert the space into a spacious lawn. I also learned that beavers would soon be unwelcome facets(…)

I will never go to the stores at 5105 Harper again

To the Editor: Editor’s note: Bree Andrews sent the Herald a letter that she sent to Chicago Parking about her unpleasant experience with an employee of the company. Dear Chicago Parking: This afternoon I did some shopping with my children at the Hyde Park Marshalls. We were happy to have local shopping and spent $150.00 at(…)

I still want to know more about Ald. Sophia King

To the Editor: I have read various articles about the new 4th ward alderman Ms. Sophia King.  Although I am not familiar with her I was encouraged to hear about her background and passions. My apprehension in becoming too excited is that when I took a close look her resume that she submitted it says a(…)

Thank you Hyde Park for making my 90th birthday a great one

To the Editor: Just celebrated my 90th birthday and the 40th anniversary of my organization, Jane Addams Senior Caucus. Your newspaper helped me considerably. In addition to my family, I wish to thank my friends and neighbors in Hyde Park and the surrounding communities as well as Alderman Leslie Hairston who honored me with an(…)

Aging is an issue that affects us all

To the Editor: Thank you to the Herald for the good pictures of the community forum discussion on May 7 of our important consideration of issues that affect us all.   This forum was organized by the Chicago Hyde Park group of OWL ~ The Voice of Women 40+, on the topic of the 2016 Mother’s(…)

Community members made first Blackstone book sale a success

To the Editor: We would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the Hyde Park-Kenwood community for making the first Spring Book Sale to Benefit Blackstone Library a success. Come rain or shine, the community really showed its love of Blackstone and of books! Thank you to all the volunteers who sorted, packed, moved(…)