Letters To The Editor

Burns not supposed to decide for us all

To the Editor: Ald. Will Burns stated in your Oct. 14 article “Burns Argues Against Charter School Moratorium” that he refused to put the resolution on the agenda because it “was not the best way of addressing the city’s current fiscal challenges.” Once again, the alderman misses the point: as chairman of the City Council(…)

U. of C. has a duty to Scammon Gardens

To the Editor: On October 21, in this publication, the University made its first public statement regarding the Scammon Garden issue. The community should not allow itself to be lulled by what they read. Until I saw Ms. Calmetta Coleman’s convenient language, I believed the University to be guilty only of 112 years of neglect.(…)

Bennett fall from grace no surprise

To the Editor: As a CPS parent and long-time community organizer, I am appalled by the actions of Barbara Byrd Bennett in stealing from Chicago’s children to feather her already robust nest. What is more appalling however, is Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s effort to isolate her actions as the corruption of an individual; and our acceptance(…)

State should make budget top priority

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25). Dear Representative Currie: I am writing to express my disgust at the current state of the state, primarily the lack of a budget. While I lay the blame for this squarely on Governor Rauner’s shoulders, the remainder of the legislature should also(…)

Ald. Burns does not like democracy

To the Editor: Speaking plainly, we should not be surprised that Alderman Burns blocked the discussion of a resolution sponsored by Alderman Rod Sawyer and signed by 42 of his colleagues, calling for a moratorium on charter expansion. He defends this lunacy by saying that he has always been for school choice. Regardless of his(…)

Little parking left on 53rd, 55th streets

To the Editor: Why are there so few 15 minute parking locations on 53rd and 55th streets? They are only in certain locations. The parking in Hyde Park for residents are not protected like in other areas of Chicago. Permit parking in other areas of the city balance resident interest with commercial interest. The few(…)

Hyde Park rapidly gentrifying

To the Editor:  I did not know that I lived in one of the hottest, hippest, most quickly gentrifying neighborhoods of the city.  I thought that I lived in a solid, pleasant (if a bit stodgy) middle-class part of town.But Joseph Berrios, the Assessor,  corrected my misperceptions by upping  the market value of my house by over 36%(…)

Representative Mitchell is no union champion

To the Editor: Union workers are our neighbors, family members and our community stakeholders that contribute to the economic viability of our neighborhoods, which is why I was deeply honored that a strong coalition of union members and community organizations supported my initial run for public office. After taking two unconstitutional votes to slash the(…)