Letters To The Editor

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(…)

Who is monitoring UCPD activity in the neighborhood? 

To the Editor: Due to the recent shootings, I have noticed a heavy saturation of police patrols in the North Hyde Park and South Kenwood areas, by both Chicago and University of Chicago police departments. But UCPD patrols have been much heavier, despite the fact that the University of Chicago has sold off much of(…)

Workmen renege on parking promise

To the Editor: For a few weeks the workmen on the Vue 53 building honored their promise not to park on Kimbark and Kenwood Avenues. They are supposed to put their cars in the parking garage on Lake Park at 53rd Streets and walk to work. But they don’t. Once before they were asked not(…)

JPW applauds Ald. Hairston’s push for more community involvment in Project 120

To the Editor: Jackson Park Watch (JPW) is a community initiative dedicated to ensuring that community members have a decisive voice in any major changes made to Jackson Park.  In particular, JPW has focused on the varied and changing proposals for the north end of the Park that have been advanced by Project 120 over the(…)

Time for clean elections across Chicago

To the Editor: Voter disenfranchisement is real in this country, as we saw in Arizona’s March 22nd presidential primary election, where tens of thousands of voters — particularly in non-white and working class communities — were denied the right to cast ballots that counted. We’ve seen this dynamic grow since 2013, when the Supreme Court(…)