Letters To The Editor

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(…)

Benign neglect has not helped Jackson Park

To the Editor: Ms. Newhouse is correct (Herald, March 2, 2016). The Paul H. Douglas Nature Sanctuary occupies a significant portion of Wooded Island in Jackson Park, and almost all of the park is a haven for migratory and resident birds. Squirrels and other mammals, turtles, fishes, and a vast array of invertebrates — insects,(…)

Jackson Park is not for profit

To the Editor: Jackson Park is a sanctuary. It is a haven. Jackson Park is everyone’s Sanctuary. Jackson Park is not for profit. It is not for anyone’s exploitation. My highest priority is the protection and preservation of the Wooded Island, the bird sanctuary and the Bowling Green. For 50 years I have cared about(…)

Christian Mitchell is no friend of public education

To the Editor: The Herald gets it wrong: Christian Mitchell is no friend of public education. He IS a friend of the charter school expansion and anti-union movement that has donated more than $150,000 to his campaigns through organizations such as Stand for Children and Democrats for Education Reform and individuals such as Eli Broad(…)

Endorsing spin,ignoring facts insults readers

To the Editor:  Seasoned news professionals check their facts and know how to separate truth from spin. So it was shocking to see the Hyde Park Herald print the unsubstantiated claims of a desperate incumbent who will say anything to hold onto his seat — including taking credit for other hard-working legislators’ work. The Herald(…)

Rauner’s reform agenda won’t work

To the Editor: Despite Gov. Bruce Rauner still holding last year’s budget hostage to his radical, right-wing, proven-not-to-work Turnaround Agenda, he gave his second budget address last week. Nowhere in his speech did the governor present a realistic plan forward. Nowhere did he talk about the struggling college students who may have to drop out(…)

Hold the Term Limits, Give Us More Voters

To the Editor: There is a push in Illinois to pass legislation that introduces term limits on political office. Gov. Bruce Rauner is a proponent of such legislation and Michael Madigan is a prime target of it. But before we go that route, let’s make sure that as many people as possible vote. High voter(…)

Time to reject ‘reform’ rhetoric and demand transformative legislation

To the Editor: Illinois families deserve leadership with the guts to address the state’s structural deficit — and provide real relief to the thousands of constituents who are suffering under Gov. Rauner’s indefensible refusal to pass a responsible budget. We got the usual rhetoric from Rauner in his most recent budget address — while he(…)

Elected official decision-making reform needed

To the Editor: Thank you Gabriel Piemonte for reminding all of us that our decision processes matter, based on your long community engagements including recent editorship of the Hyde Park Herald. (“Let’s be careful and actively involved in our next choice for alderman, “ 2/3/16, p. 4). And thank you Herald Park Herald for continuing to open(…)

Project 120 getting ahead of itself

To the Editor: I attended the February 8, 2016, presentation by Project 120 representatives and am concerned about their plans to build a music pavilion in Jackson Park east of Darrow Bridge and to put a regular traffic-bearing road across the bridge.  The resulting noise and crowds are not what Jackson Park needs, nor what(…)

I  oppose the closing of the Shrine for technical reasons

To the Editor: Editor’s note: This letter was written to the Committee on Historic Landmarks and sent as an open letter to several newspapers including the Hyde Park Herald. This letter is written to voice my opposition to the demolition of the Shrine of Christ the King in Woodlawn, not only because of the Shrine’s(…)

Proposed loud music venue out of sync with Jackson Park

To the Editor:  I am writing to express my concern about the Phoenix Pavilion with Music Court that is planned for Jackson Park, adjacent to the Museum of Science and Industry, as part of the Project 120 collaboration. This is an area of the park that I see many people using for parking, family picnics,(…)

Project 120 will adversly affect daily commute for residents

To the Editor:  If you commute using Cornell Drive, Project 120’s plans are going to affect you. Project 120 plans to have traffic drive over the Clarence Darrow Bridge. In addition to affecting the Paul H Douglas Sanctuary on Wooded Isle which begins about 40 feet away, this new road will make Jackson Park noisier(…)

The community wants a say in changes for Jackson Park

To the Editor: I share the concerns raised by Brenda Nelms and Margaret Schmid in their January 20 letter to the Herald. I live in the 5th Ward, where I have lived for 33 years. During the fall, I wrote both Alderman Hairston and the Project 120 team to raise similar issues, but neither the alderman nor(…)

Let’s keep I-House international

Editor’s note: This letter is being reprinted due to several errors during its original run in our Feb. 3 issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. To the Editor: As a 1953-55 alumnus of International House (I-House), I am shocked and grieved at the recent peremptory announcement of the University of Chicago administration(…)

Folk Festival needs community support to survive

To the Editor: I am writing to ask the Herald and the Hyde Parkers who read the Herald for help in keeping a Hyde Park tradition alive. The University of Chicago Folk Festival has been around for 56 years. The Folklore Society is run by a student organization and helped by a few very dedicated(…)

Let’s be careful and actively involved in our next choice for alderman

To the Editor: As a reporter and editor, primarily at the Hyde Park Herald, I spent 15 years as an active student of Hyde Park’s genius, learning about how and why the neighborhood is the way it is. One of the consistent themes I noticed over those years was the importance of people doing for(…)